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April 30, 2013



Bans Live Shrimp Imports


To prevent the spread of early mortality syndrome (EMS), the Philippines has banned imports of “live” shrimp.


Asis Perez, Director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), said EMS is prevalent in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, China and Indonesia [Editor, I don’t think EMS has been confirmed in Indonesia.].


The Philippines also banned the importation of crabs and lobsters [Editor, this report did not say if the ban applied to all crabs and lobsters, or just live animals.].


The bureau said it is also monitoring the spread of EMS in Singapore, Myanmar, Brunei and Cambodia [Editor, I have not heard of any reports of EMS in these countries.].


Perez said, “The Philippines remains EMS-free as of the moment and BFAR is exhausting all efforts to remain so.”


With the suspension, BFAR has ordered Fish Health Officers, Quarantine Officers and the Law Enforcement Quick Response Team to monitor, control and implement surveillance protocols at airports and seaports.


Perez noted the situation opens up opportunities for the Philippines to revive its shrimp export industry, saying the bureau is now consulting growers to establish long-term solutions to the problems now facing the industry.


Last month, Agriculture Secretary Processo Alcala said his department is preparing the shrimp industry to again eye the export market.  Diseases caused the near-demise of the industry several years ago.


Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) data showed tiger shrimp output reached 48,196 metric tons in 2012, valued at approximately $50 million.


Source: GMA News Online.  PHL Suspends Importation of Live Shrimps from Asian Neighbors.  April 30, 2013.


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