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August 20, 2014


TARS—Daniel Fegan


At the Aquaculture Roundtable Series TARS 2014 (Phuket, Thailand, August 20-21, 2014),  which is featuring “state-of-the-science” plenary presentations and interactive breakout sessions on shrimp farming, Daniel Fegan, Bangkok-based regional technical manager for aquaculture with Cargill, said EMS was an accident waiting to happen: the boom in Penaeus vannamei production in Asia led to a relaxation of standards that led to the emergence of early mortality syndrome (EMS).  “We went for ten years with relatively little disease problems, now we have the most serious disease epidemic to date.  EMS can be a game changer for the sector, not just on systems, but on the structure of the industry,” he said.  The industry slipped in terms of postlarvae  quality, pond preparation, water quality and biosecurity.


“Many countries did not enact or enforce quarantine regulations and the control of live animal movements, including live feed.  The failure to recognize or inform about the outbreak of EMS meant a delay of two years in the response,” said Fegan.


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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