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October 8, 2013


66% of Shrimp Farms Closed


Omid Reza Asghari, a spokesperson for Iran’s Fisheries Organization (Shilat), reports that 66.6 percent of the country’s 12,000 hectares of shrimp ponds are closed down because farmers lack operating capital.  Asghari predicted that Iran will produce about 13,000 tons of shrimp during the current year, which began on March 21, 2013, and that 80 percent of the harvest will be exported.


Asghari also criticized the international sanctions against Iran that ended shrimp exports to the USA, Japan and European Union and shifted them to Persian Gulf states.


Some 4,000 metric tons of shrimp, valued at around $17 million, were exported to the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Lebanon, Australia and Spain during the year that ended on March 21, 2012.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  About Two Thirds of Iran’s Shrimp Farms Shut Down by Lack of Cash.  Ken Coons (  October 7, 2013.


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