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April 20, 2015


Artemia Shortage


The delay in the clearance of Artemia cysts from USA is affecting shrimp hatcheries in East Godavari and the rest of the state of Andhra Pradesh.  L. Satya Narain, nicknamed “Tikkoo”, President of the All-India Shrimp Hatcheries’ Association, said authorities should take immediate steps to address the problem.


Tikkoo said shrimp hatcheries in India use five kilograms of Artemia cysts to produce one million postlarvae.


Limited supplies coupled with reduced Artemia production from the Great Salt Lake in Utah, USA, could force prices for Artemia cysts to rise and thereby increase the cost of producing postlarvae.  Hatcheries might also be forced to reduce their usage of Artemia, which might affect the survival and quality of their postlarvae.  If the situation continues, some hatcheries may have to shut down.


Tikkoo said the impact could be so severe that the entire shrimp aquaculture industry could come to a stand still.  The situation is very alarming and immediate intervention by officials is needed.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Alarming Artemia Shortage Crimping Andhra Pradesh Shrimp Hatcheries.  Ken Coons (  April 20, 2015.

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