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August 26, 2013


Sulawesi—Prices Surge



According H. Hasanuddin Atjo, a shrimp farmer on the island Sulawesi and chairman of eastern Indonesia Shrimp Club of Indonesia, said farm gate prices for giant tigers shrimp (Penaeus monodon) and western white shrimp (P. vannamei) almost doubled in August 2013.  The falling value of the rupiah and the shortages of shrimp caused by shrimp diseases elsewhere around the world were cited as the cause of the price increases.  Farmers are receiving $6.79 for 70-count per kilo shrimp and $8.20 for 40-count per kilo shrimp.  A year ago they were receiving, on average, $4.39 a kilo for their shrimp.


In a bid to protect the country from early mortality syndrome, the Maritime and Fishery Ministry and the Shrimp Club of Indonesia have cooperated in tightening controls on the import of shrimp from countries with shrimp diseases.  Atjo said, “If a conducive climate could be created, Central Sulawesi could grow to become one of the country`s leading shrimp producing regions with production of at least 200,000 metric tons of shrimp a year,” adding that Makassar Strait, Tomini Bay, Tolo Bay and surrounding areas were favorable locations for shrimp farming.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Indonesian Shrimp Prices Surging, Central Sulawesi Has Great Potential for Expansion.  Ken Coons (  August 26, 2013.



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