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April 7, 2016

Western Hemisphere

Concern About Live Broodstock Imports from Asia


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.  Neighboring countries and Western Hemisphere shrimp farmers wonder why.  It is hard to imagine why BAL would not take advantage of the resistant lines of shrimp that have carried the industry through every disease that has hit the industry.  Belize only needs to look across its borders—not across the ocean—to find lines of resistant shrimp, new technologies, terrific scientists—and shrimp farmers with the strong desire to leave their grandchildren the shrimp farms that have taken such good care of them for the past 35+ years.


Belize Aquaculture, the revolutionary and pioneering shrimp farm, founded by Sir Barry Bowen, closed its doors in 2010 following Bowen’s death in a plane crash.  In March 2012, Seafresh Industry PCL, a Thai shrimp processor with a subsidiary investment company in the United Kingdom, agreed to acquire 50% of BAL with a $15 million loan over a three-year period.  Seafresh says that the major purpose of the acquisition was to expand its USA and European markets.


Source: Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International, April 7, 2016.

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