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October 30, 2015


Blue Archipelago Sees Reduced EMS from a New Strain of Penaeus vannamei


At the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Global Outlook on Aquaculture Leadership (GOAL) conference (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 26–29, 2015), Abu Bakar Ibrahim, CEO of Blue Archipelago, a large shrimp farm owned by Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, Khazanah Nasional, said his company has seen some good results from using a strain of Penaeus vannamei imported from Latin America that reduces the occurrence of early mortality syndrome (EMS) on its farms.  Although trials with the new strain are still in their early stages—the strain was introduced this year—Ibrahim said he has seen positive results, with mortality rates and EMS prevalence lower.


EMS hit Malaysia in 2010, and the Blue Archipelago farms were hit in 2011.  In 2010, shrimp production in Malaysia was 90,000 metric tons, falling to 62,000 tons in 2011, to 36,000 tons in 2013 and to 32,000 tons in 2014, which will probably be its production in 2015.


At Blue Archipelago’s iKerpan farm on the west coast, production plummet from 1,800 tons in 2011 to 900 tons in 2014.  Its iSharp farm on the east coast was not hit as hard as the iKerpan farm.  “It’s our pride…an opportunity to build on the knowledge that we have,” Ibrahim said.  Its production is set to reach 3,200 tons in 2015, up from 2,900 tons in 2014 and 1,500 tons in 2012.


Ibrahim also noted that the group had identified the source of an issue that caused the USA Food and Drug Administration to refuse shipments of shrimp from Malaysia due to antibiotic residues.  The issue was found to be with transshipments, and is being addressed, with only one shipment turned down in September, said Ibrahim.


Source: Undercurrent News [eight free news reads every month].  Editor, Tom Seaman (  Blue Archipelago Sees Reduced EMS From New Vannamei Shrimp Strand.  Ola Wietecha (  October 29, 2015.

Furthermore, the Seafood Exporters Association of India has noted that USA demand for shrimp has somewhat stagnated.  This reduction in demand has reduced shrimp prices, leading to a predicted 20 to 30 percent decline in the value of India’s exports in 2015.


Source: The FishSite.  India’s Shrimp Aquaculture Industry Remains Hopeful Despite Onset of Disease.  Sam Andrews.  October 30, 2015.

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