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January 18, 2014


Production of Farmed Shrimp



Shrimp diseases have hit  Sonora much harder than Sinaloa, the two states in Mexico with the largest production of farmed shrimp.  In Sonora, production is expected to fall more than 66%, while in Sinaloa, the fall in production will probably be between 30% and 40%.


Sonora’s shrimp production peaked in 2009 at around 85,000 metric tons, but disease issues and farmers switching to other crops caused that number to drop to 35,000 tons in 2012, and it will likely fall lower than 12,000 tons in 2013.


Little improvement is expected next year.  Bill Hoenig, vice president of sales and operations at Delta Blue Aquaculture, estimates that only about 60% of the farms will even stock next year, and those that do will only do one quick crop.


As a result of the  disease crisis, prices for small shrimp have skyrocketing to over $4.00 a pound in Mexico, and $4.50 wholesale in the United States.  At these prices, farmers will harvest small shrimp at the drop of a hat, and not take the risk of keeping shrimp in their ponds if they get the slightest whiff of problems.


With the fall in production, Mexico has become a big importer of shrimp.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Mexican Shrimp Production Likely to Fall More Than Expected in 2013, Will Stay Depressed in 2014.  John Sackton.  January 17, 2014.

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