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August 21, 2014


Estimates of Farmed Shrimp Production


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, there were big discrepancies in the estimates of world production of farmed shrimp given by various speakers.


In response to a question on the discrepancy, Daniel Fegan, regional technical manager for Cargill Animal Nutrition, a division of the USA agribusiness giant, said getting any sort of totally accurate figure is next to impossible.  “The best figures are from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and they are two years behind,” he said.  “We just have to live with the quality of the information we can get.”  Fegan estimated world production of farmed shrimp in 2013 at around 3.25 million metric tons, including just over 500,000 tons of tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon), down from 2012.


Panisuan Jamnarnwej, president emeritus of the Thai Frozen Foods Association (TFFA) and the longtime managing director of processor Pakfood, now part of Thai Union Frozen Products, gave the lowest estimate on world production of farmed shrimp—1.8 million metric tons.  According to his data, in 2013, farmed shrimp production in China declined 33%, to 300,00 tons.  In Thailand, it dropped 54%, to 250,000 tons.  Meanwhile, India and Vietnam made big gains, rising 42% to 270,000 tons and 41% to 240,000 tons, respectively.


Manoj Sharma, managing director of Mayank Aquaculture, an Indian company that farms Penaeus vannamei at low stocking densities, world production of farmed shrimp came in at 3.1 million metric tons in 2013.  He gave China 1.1 million metric tons, Indonesia 608,000 tons, India 330,000 tons, Vietnam 300,000 tons, Thailand 270,000 tons, Ecuador 230,000 tons, Bangladesh 95,000 tons, Malaysia 79,000 tons, Brazil 65,671 tons and Mexico 40,816 tons.


Fernando Garcia Abad, aquaculture business development director for Epicore Bionetworks, a producer of biotechnology products and specialty animal feeds focused on the shrimp sector, estimated world production of farmed shrimp at 2.7 million metric tons.


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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