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January 7, 2016


Big Drop in the Production of Farmed Shrimp


In 2015, according to the National Aquaculture Association of Honduras (Andah), farmed shrimp production fell 20 to 30 percent, compared to 2014.


Climate change, which resulted in increased salinity levels, contributed to the drop in production in 2015.  “Last year was somewhat atypical with little rain, causing an increase of salinity and temperature that altered the natural habitat of the shrimp,” said Javier Amador, executive director of Andah.


Through September 2015, according to statistics from the Central Bank of Honduras, shrimp exports generated $114.4 million, $52.1 million less (31.3%) than the same period of 2014.  The bank attributed the fall in export volume (20.8%) and price (13.2%) to the outbreak of a bacterial disease that caused mortalities.


In 2014, Honduras exported 67.5 million pounds of farmed shrimp, valued at $243.6 million, an all-time record.


The main markets for Honduran shrimp are the United Kingdom, Mexico and the United States.


Source: FIS United States (  Shrimp Production Records Sharp Decline.  January 8, 2016.

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