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January 8, 2014


Sonora—The Cost of Whitespot in 2013


Samuel Fraijo Flores, the president of a Private Aquaculture Association in the state of Sonora, said the whitespot virus caused a “catastrophic drop in production” at shrimp farms in Sonora in 2013.  Employment on the farms also dropped dramatically.


In 2012, about 25,000 hectares of ponds produced 20,000 metric tons of shrimp; in 2013, the same area produced 12,000 tons.  The number of people employed on shrimp farms dropped from 7,000 in 2012 to 2,500 in 2013.


Fraijo Flores said several senators in Sonora were informed through Finance Minister Luis Vidagaray Caso that the government would carry out an “adjustment to the budget of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa)” to provide $22.8 million in aid to the shrimp farming industry.  Flores said he hoped that at least a portion of the aid would be used to “introduce technology to...make up for the damages and losses the crustacean viral disease caused to farms.”  He predicted that shrimp farmers in Sonora would produced between 35,000 and 40,000 metric tons in 2014, adding that new measures would be taken to protect the shrimp from disease, like sediment ponds for water pumped from the sea.


As a result of the drop in production of farmed shrimp in Sonora [and around the world], shrimp prices have gone up dramatically, from $10 a kilogram to $22 a kilogram.


Source: FIS United States.  Shrimp Disease Has ‘Catastrophic’ Impact in Sonora.  Analia Murias (  January 8, 2014.

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