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April 19, 2016


Reports from Shrimp Farmers on the Earthquake



Sandro Coglitore (, CEO of Omarsa S.A: The earthquake hit Manabí and Esmeraldas provinces, which have approximately 30,000 hectares of shrimp ponds.  Some farms lost their crops when their water control structures collapsed.  Other farms lost their pumping stations, so they will have to do emergency harvests.   We don’t expect a major disruption to the shrimp farming industry.  We might lose 10-15% of our production for one or two cycles.   There are no figures on the total loses to the industry yet.  First we must assess the human losses and take care of the survivors.

José Antonio Camposano (, Executive President of the National Chamber of Aquaculture:  Pedernales is destroyed.  It accounts for almost 10% of the total hectares in production in the country.  We estimate that more than 6,500 hectares of ponds will be damaged to some degree.  Recovery time (if resources are provided) will be approximately nine months.  Two important shrimp processors were damaged.

Yahira Piedrahita (, executive director of the National Aquaculture Chamber: Many people were killed.  First we are working to send help to the victims and the survivors.  Then, we will assess the damage to the industry.  People first! 

Adriaan de Leeuw ( We have been informed by our partners in Ecuador that some processing plants received minor damage and that the people are facing problems with communication, electricity and a lack of food.  I have heard that the supermarkets are donating food for the hardest-hit people.   Most of the shrimp farms and hatcheries are south of the epicenter and as far as we can see, have not been damaged. 

John Birkett (, a shrimp farm manager in Ecuador: Apart from the collapse of a few walls, the spilling of some larval tanks and the cracking of old buildings, there’s not been much damage to shrimp farms and hatcheries.  Roads in and to Manabi and Esmeraldas have been damaged.

Sources: 1. Emails to Shrimp News International from Shrimp Farmers in Ecuador.  April 18 and 19, 2016. 2 The New York Times.  Earthquake Leaves a Trail of Destruction in Ecuador.  Map Maggy Ayala and Kirk Semple.  April 18, 2016.

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