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June 26, 2013


Shrimp Farmers Want to Stop Exports to Mexico; Government Wants Them to Continue


A new disease on shrimp farms in Mexico is getting the attention of the Honduran shrimp farming industry, and the Honduran shrimp farmers association (the National Aquaculture Association of Honduras or ANDAH) has begun to take steps to prevent the disease from entering Honduras. In 2012, Honduras exported nine million pounds of fresh shrimp to Mexico.  Trucks are used to deliver the shrimp, and the shrimp farmers fear the returning trucks could carry the disease back to Honduras.


ANDAH president, Victor Wilson, considers it necessary to take joint action with the national government to temporarily cancel exports of fresh shrimp to Mexico and to resume them once the threat is gone.  Wilson believes that if this new disease entered Honduras, the shrimp farming industry could face potential economic losses of between $100 and $110 million.


The Honduran National Agriculture Sanitary Service (SENASA), however, does not endorse the proposal made by ANDAH to cancel fresh shrimp exports to Mexico.  Marco Antonio Velasquez, the director of SENASA’s Food Safety Division, said there were effective controls to prevent the trucks from carrying the disease back to Honduras.  In addition, some shrimp farmers do not support ANDAH’s proposal.  They argue that preventative measures can be adopted to prevent the disease from spreading into Honduras.


Sources: 1. FIS United States.  Aquaculturists Request Shrimp Exports Cancellation to Mexico.  Analia Murias (  June 25, 2013.  2.  FIS United States.  Government Rejects Cancelling Shrimp Sale to Mexico.  Analia Murias (  June 26, 2013.


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