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August 20, 2014


TARS— Hervé Lucien-Brun


At the Aquaculture Roundtable Series TARS 2014 (Phuket, Thailand, August 20-21, 2014), which is featuring “state-of-the-science” plenary presentations and breakout sessions on shrimp farming, Hervé Lucien-Brun, an aquaculture consultant with experience in Europe, Asia and Latin America, said it is very important for shrimp farmers and processors to focus on the market and to work out the farming cost related to the market demand.  “When I was farming shrimp in Ecuador, my optimum size was 14 grams, but my customer wanted 12 grams, so we settled on 13 grams,” he said.


He said small-scale farmers would have to join together and act as an integrated group to save on the fixed costs.


Producers also must understand the market shifts taking place, he said.  “All major markets aside from China are decreasing.  In the European Union and the United States, consumption is price driven and will drop when prices are high.”


In European Union, Argentinian wild shrimp is winning market share from Penaeus vannamei.  Wild shrimp is big in Spain, which is 8% of the European market, he said.  “European consumers are opting for cheaper alternatives, while the United States is shifting to smaller sizes from Ecuador and value-added products from Vietnam and Indonesia.


Source: Undercurrent News.  Editor, Tom Seaman.  TARS Blog: Farming Vannamei Like It’s Black Tiger; Cargill Says EMS Was Accident Waiting To Happen.  Tom Seaman  (  August 20, 2014.

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