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January 16, 2014


“You Can Pretty Much Write Sonora Off as a
Big Shrimp Producer in The Future”




For the first ten months of 2013, Mexican farmed shrimp production dropped 34% from the same period in 2012.


On January 15, 2014, at the National Fisheries Institute conference in Miami, Florida, Bill Hoenig, vice president of sales and operations at Delta Blue Aquaculture, an integrated supplier of shrimp and seafood, said with expectations of a huge decrease at the end of the year—during the highest production months—it is likely the total numbers for the year will show an even greater decrease.  “I think that by the time we take a look at the overall data at the end of the year, it’s going to be down 55%.”



Hoenig, who was born in Mexico and has ties to the industry there, said the disease issues—WSSV and EMS—that have brought the country to this point are going to force huge changes in the industry.  Sinaloa and Sonora are by far the biggest production states, and only one of them—Sinaloa—is addressing the disease issues head on.  “You can pretty much write Sonora off as a big shrimp producer in the future,” said Hoenig.  “There’s not going to be a quick recovery – it’s going to be slow – and it’s going to be in Sinaloa, and it’s going to involve a totally new production scheme, and we’re going to have to spend money.  ...There’s going to be a great consolidation.  The good guys are going to buy up the bad guys, and the only way we’re going to go forward is for the bad farmers to fall by the wayside.”


But—things are not likely to get better any time soon.  The most optimistic projections for next year are for production on par with this year’s low production numbers, and the more realistic projection is for a decrease.


Information: Bill Hoenig, Delta Blue Aquaculture, 8835 East Speedway Boulevard, Suite A, Tucson, Arizona 85710, USA (phone 1-520-314-4411, email, webpage


Source: Undercurrent News.  Editor, Tom Seaman (  Great Consolidation Period Coming for Mexican Shrimp Sector.  Jeanine Stewart (  January 15, 2014.

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