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October 15, 2013


Benefitting from Ban on Imports—And Questionable Data


In April 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) imposed a ban on the import of live shrimp to prevent early mortality syndrome (EMS) from entering the country.


Asis G. Perez, BFAR director, said the move appears to have been correct “since the Philippines remains EMS-free, unlike our neighbors, and we are now reaping positive results.”  Perez added that the Philippines has exported at least $7.5 million worth of white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) in each of the past three months and expect future shipments to be even larger.


BFAR has published a list of countries that have been “heavily infected” by EMS.  On the list are China Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia—and Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia and Myanmar [Editor: I have not seen any other reports that the previous five countries have EMS, and I don’t think that information is accurate?]


Source: FIS United States.  BFAR Indefinite Live Shrimp Ban Bears Fruit.  Gabriela Raffaele  (  October 15, 2013.

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