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February 26, 2015


The Seafood and Technology Expo in Osaka


Indo Marine Products Company, an importer of Indian shrimp based in Osaka, Japan, featured Penaeus vannamei and flower shrimp at the recent Seafood and Technology Expo in Osaka, Japan (February 19–20, 2015).  Flower shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus) is also known by the names “green tiger shrimp,” “hana-ebi,” “kuma-ebi,” and “ashiaka-ebi.”  It has a clean refreshing taste and springy mouth feel.


It’s a signal of change in India’s shrimp farming industry because at previous shows, Indian suppliers promoted giant tiger shrimp (P. monodon).  J. Chentil Rajan, director of Indo Marine Products, said, “It’s all about price.  Big shrimp go to Vietnam for value-added, and sell to the USA.  The Japanese go for cheaper prices.”


India took the #2 shrimp supplier spot (following Vietnam) in the Japan market during the 2014-15 fiscal year with 28,719 metric tons exported there.


India’s giant tiger production may get a boost from a facility opened in the Andaman Islands in March 2014 to domesticate and breed specific-pathogen free (SPF) broodstock, which would then be sent to multiplication centers and bred to supply the industry.  Previous broodstock facilities on the mainland were infected with whitespot disease.


Dr. Ram Mohan, resident director of India’s Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) in Japan, who manned a booth at the Osaka Expo, said it’s unlikely that India will have the same problems with EMS that Thailand is experiencing because the shrimp stocking densities are much lower in India than in Thailand.  He said that the legal limit for stocking postlarvae was 60 per square meter and that actual stocking densities were typically only 45.


Nonetheless, major vannamei production areas in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are currently suffering outbreaks of a new disease, Running Mortality Syndrome (RMS), believed to have been introduced by the use of local broodstock rather than imported SPF broodstock.


Meanwhile, at the Osaka Expo, Yokohama-based Yokorei Group introduced blue shrimp (Litopenaeus stylirostris), organically farmed in Brunei Darussalam.  The species is native to the Pacific coast of Latin America from Peru to Mexico.  Its introduction to additional countries is hampered by concerns that non-SPF stocks may carry Taura syndrome virus.  Blue shrimp grow faster than giant tigers and can tolerate a wider range of temperatures than either tigers or vannamei, but blue shrimp are not as tolerant of low salinity or low oxygen levels.  Masanao Nishiura, assistant public relations manager for Yokorei, said that the company hopes to position the blue shrimp as a high-end product to compete with Japanese kuruma shrimp (P. japonicas) at high-end hotels and sushi restaurants, playing up the organic aspect to differentiate it.


Source:  Editor, Sean Murphy (  At Osaka Show, India Promotes Vannamei, Brunei Pushes Blue Shrimp.  Chris Loew ( Contributing Editor, Reporting From Osaka, Japan).  February 25, 2015.

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