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May 26, 2015


Whitespot Rampant in Vannamei Seedstock


In the state of Andhra Pradesh, Penaeus vannamei farming has been stopped in at least 12,000 acres of ponds because of the whitespot virus, said shrimp farmer T. Lankeswara Rao.


At least 300 to 400 illegal hatcheries are involved in supplying P. vannamei seedstock along the coastline between Visakhapatnam and Nellore.  Farmers alleged that the Coastal Aquaculture Authority has done nothing to check the illegal hatcheries, which do not guarantee survival percentage of their seed.


J. Shyam Dayal, a scientist at the Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture in Chennai, said the incidence of whitespot disease was rampant in vannamei seedstock and that the disease develops after the seed is stocked in ponds.


Source: The Hindu.  Vannamei Shrimp Farmers Left in the Lurch.  May 26, 2015.

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