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August 1, 2014


S-O-S from the Mexican Shrimp Farming Industry


Shrimp farmers continue to suffer severe economic losses from early mortality syndrome (EMS/AHPNS).   To avoid EMS/AHPNS, one of the options open to farmers is the development of intensive closed systems in greenhouses, which would require a significant investment from farmers who have sustained considerable losses from the whitespot virus and EMS.  It is clear that many of them will not be in a position to make these investments, and others will not have the motivation to change technologies after years of being worn down economically and emotionally.


It’s time for the country's authorities to intervene in this matter to avoid bankruptcies and the departure of investors and to strengthen the momentum of those who are still looking for alternatives in new technologies.  Not doing so would be an act of incompetence and irresponsibility.


Shrimp farmers need government help to restructure their debt and adopt new technologies.  Considering the gravity of the situation, the perception of the shrimp farming sector is that the government response has been vague, inconsistent and of little value.  There is no coordination between research institutions and the private sector that could facilitate technology transfer to implement intensive production schemes.


Source: Panorama Acuícola Magazine.  Editor Salvador Meza (  Editorial: An S.O.S from the Mexican Shrimp Culture Industry.  Salvador Meza.  Translated by Scott Horton (  Volume  19, Number 3, Page 6.  March/April 2014.

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