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October 12, 2014




Shrimp, most of it farm raised, is Panama’s second biggest export, after bananas.  In 2013, shrimp exports from Panama were almost double the previous year, up 89.6%, from $40.4 million in 2012, to $76.6 million in 2013.  The upward trend has continued into the first half of 2014.


Panama has 33 shrimp farms, employing more than 4,000 people and occupying over 9,700 hectares of land.  Cocle Province has 23 shrimp farms, and the remaining farms are in Herrera, Los Santos, Panama and Veraguas provinces.


The Ministry of Agriculture and Husbandry Development, through the National Aquaculture Directorate, governs shrimp farming in Panama.  The National Environmental Authority (ANAM) and Aquatic Resources Authority (ARAP) regulate the industry.


Source:  A Promising Future for Panama Shrimp Exports.  October 9, 2014

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