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July 16, 2015

China

Hainan Island—EMS, Small Shrimp and Low Prices

 

Slow growth and low prices for white shrimp on China's Hainan Island have shrimp farmers looking for alternative species to farm.

 

Hainan's first shrimp harvest in 2015 was unsatisfactory.  Farmers reported many more problems with disease, compared to the first harvest in 2014.  Some farmers have lowered their stocking densities, while others have tried other species of shrimp (Penaeus japonicus), or switched to grouper, a fish.

 

High instances of early mortality syndrome (EMS) have been reported, resulting in emergency harvests of very small shrimp.  Some farmers are selling 160 to 200-count-per-kilo shrimp.

 

Many farmers are focusing on re-stocking their ponds so they will have shrimp to sell at the end of the year.  Those that have already restocked their ponds are not experiencing many problems.

 

Source: Seafood.com (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email jsackton@seafood.com).  Chinese Shrimp Farmers in Hainan Battling EMS Issues, Small Shrimp and Low Prices.  Michael Ramsingh (phone 1-732-240-5330, email michaelramsingh@seafood.com).  Translation by Amy Zhong.  July 15, 2015.

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