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May 4, 2014



Shrimp Broodstock Imports in 2014


Based on broodstock imports and the sales reports of the broodstock companies, there will be a significant increase in shrimp output in China in 2014—provided pond survival rates are good!


In 2013, China imported 150,000 pairs of shrimp broodstock, only 60% of its limit of 250,000 pairs.  This year importers are expected to purchase their full allotment of 250,000 pairs, up 40%.


Brand image has become increasingly important in the sale of shrimp seedstock in China.


In mid-April 2014, pond stocking reached its peak in southern China, and some hatcheries in Guangdong Province ran out of postlarvae.  As temperature rise, heavy pond stocking will spread up the coast to northern China.  There are a number of problems related to transporting postlarvae to northern China.


Around the city of Zhanjiang, rumor has it that 70% to 80% of the hatcheries operated at a loss in 2013, but they continued to expand their facilities and have greatly increasing their imports of broodstock this year.


One broodstock company, USA-based Shrimp Improvement System, LLC (SIS), plans to adjust its marketing plan and supply more products to hatcheries in Vietnam and Indonesia, where shrimp farmers are optimistic about the 2014 crop.  Consequently, there could be a shortage of broodstock in China for the first crop of 2015.  SIS’s capacity is around 320 to 360 thousand pairs of broodstock a year, so it can meet the strong demand with ease, even if it expands its market in the Southeast Asian countries.  Its worldwide sales were 230 thousand pairs of broodstock in 2013.


Kona Bay Marine Resources’, based in Hawaii, USA, broodstock sales have increased 300% this year compared with last year, according to George Chamberlain, the company’s CEO.


China’s Jinyang Tropical Marine Product Aquaculture plans to import five to six thousand pairs of broodstock from Saipan, which has supplied the company since 2012, according to Li Huo, the company’s CEO.


One reason for the increase of broodstock sales in 2014 is the greater demand from northern China, which gets its broodstock air-freighted from southern China.  Traditionally, hatcheries in northern China have used locally produced broodstock, and its quality is not as good as the imported broodstock from southern China. 


Hatcheries all over southern China are expanding their capacities and new hatcheries are attempting to get started, but there is a shortage of sites with high quality water.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Big Increase in Shrimp Stocking in China, as Broodstock Companies with Best Brands Expand Output.  Translation by Amy Zhong.  May 2, 2014.

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