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August 21, 2014


Tim Flegel at TARS Roundtable


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, Timothy Flegel, director of Centex Shrimp, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Thailand, said acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND), sometimes “inappropriately called early mortality syndrome (EMS)”, is the most important non-viral disease threat to Asia’s shrimp farmers.  He said the most effective control measures are the use of postlarvae derived from domesticated specific pathogen free (SPF) shrimp stocks and cultivation in bio-secure facilities under management practices aimed at optimum, not maximum, production.  Just as whitespot was a game changer for the shrimp industry in forcing the development and use of SPF shrimp stocks, the “advent of AHPND may be the ultimate threat that will force the shrimp and other aquaculture enterprises to shift to closed culture systems in order to insure steady and predictable production.”  Closed systems could easily be scaled up, he said.


Source: Undercurrent News.  Editor, Tom Seaman.  TARS Blog: Big Discrepancies on Actual Level of Global Shrimp Production.  Tom Seaman  (  August 20, 2014.

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