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April 13, 2016

Western Hemisphere

Correction on Item about Broodstock Imports from Asia


Vielka Vanessa (Email, responsible for the aquatic animals health program at Organismo Internacional Regional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (OIRSA), reports.


 I have received a copy or your article titled “Concern About Live Broodstock Imports from Asia”.  In the article you mention that “Over the objections of the Organismo Internacional Regional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (OIRSA), which protects member countries from dangerous plant and animal imports, Belize Aquaculture (BAL) has imported live Penaeus vannamei broodstock from Asia with the aim of solving its EMS/AHPND disease problem.”


“Because I am responsible for the Aquatic Animal Health program in OIRSA, and I have not provided any statement on the news.  I will appreciate a clarification stating that OIRSA has not provided any guideline or recommendation to the authority of Belize about not importing shrimp from Asia.  This kind of news hurts our image....  We provide technical support to members countries for preventing animal diseases, but the decisions are made by them as a right of sovereignty in which OIRSA does not participate.”


Source: Email to Shrimp News International.  Subject: Clarified OIRSA.  From: Vielka Morales.  April 13, 2016.

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