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June 24, 2013


Top Producer of Giant Tiger Shrimpin the World


In 2011, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Viet Nam was the leading producer of black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) in the world with production of 300,000 metric tons, followed by India and Indonesia with 187,900 and 126,200 tons, respectively. China was the leading producer of Western white shrimp (P. vannamei) in 2011, with 1.32 million tons. Thailand and Ecuador ranked second and third in white shrimp production in 2011, with 511,000 and 260,000 tons, respectively.


In China, in 20011, 95 percent of its production was white shrimp and almost five percent (60.7 thousand tons) was giant tiger shrimp. Thailand produced mainly white shrimp (99.6 percent), along with a small about of tiger shrimp.


In India, in 2011, FAO statistics show that, white shrimp accounted for 39.4 per cent (122 thousand tons) of the total production of 309.9 thousand tons of farmed shrimp.


The Indian government is encouraging farmers to switch from tiger to white shrimp.


White shrimp production in Indonesia has increased continuously since 2004 and is growing fast. In 2011, it produced 246 thousand tons, nearly double the volume of tiger shrimp (126 thousand tons). Indonesia now ranks fourth in the production of white shrimp, behind China, Thailand and Ecuador.


Source: The FishSite.  Viet Nam is Top World Producer of Black Tiger Shrimp.  June 24, 2013.


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