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Shrimp Viruses Frighten Consumers

Harry Peters, a spokesman for Australia's importers association, says, "Seafood sales across Australia have dropped about 20 percent over the last two months because of all the negative publicity" over the possibility that imported bait shrimp carry viruses. He says all the talk of viruses is scaring seafood customers away. "We would rather take the quiet approach because all of this negative publicity is just shooting the whole industry in the foot," he said.

Queensland's Primary Industries and Fisheries Minister says the ban on using imported raw shrimp as bait will continue while a report on the possible risks is put together.

Tim Mulherin, a member of the Australian Parliament, says Biosecurity Australia, a federal agency, is preparing a report on the disease risks of raw, frozen, imported shrimp. Mulherin says seafood importers might not be happy about the ban, but it is needed to protect wild shrimp and the shrimp farming industry. "We're...asking the Federal Government to place this ban until it has finalized the import risk assessment," he said.

Source: ABC News Online. Bait prawn ban under fire ( October 2, 2006.

Continued USA Support for Shrimp Farming

The USA Agency for International Development (USAID) will continue its support for shrimp farming in Bangladesh. During the last nine months, USAID provided around $650,000 to create awareness and to motivate farmers to grow virus-free shrimp in environmentally friendly ponds.

Source: The New Nation. US help for shrimp sector to continue ( September 29, 2006.

Antibiotic Detection Equipment

Dhaka...Antibiotic detection equipment is expected to be in operation by the end of October 2006.

Bangladesh exported 83.80 million pounds of frozen shrimp last year (average price $4.82 a pound).

Source: The Daily Star. Business/Export of Shrimp, Frozen Foods/Nitrofuran detector to be commissioned next month ( September 29, 2006.

El Niño

The USA Climate Prediction Center forecasts El Niño conditions for the remainder of 2006 and the first quarter of 2007. The Center's October 5, 2006, report says:

"Oceanic and atmospheric anomalies are consistent with the early stages of El Niño in the tropical Pacific."

"Global effects that can be expected during November-March include drier-than-average conditions over most of Malaysia, Indonesia, some of the USA-affiliated islands in the tropical North Pacific, northern South America and southeastern Africa; and wetter-than-average conditions over equatorial East Africa, central South America (Uruguay, northeastern Argentina, and southern Brazil) and along the coasts of Ecuador and northern Peru."

Oceanic and atmospheric conditions are updated weekly on the Climate Prediction Center's website ( The next El Niño Diagnostics Discussion is scheduled for November 9, 2006. To receive email notification of the monthly El Niño Diagnostic Discussions, send an email to:

Spanish Version: Courtesy of INFOCLIMA, Peru (

Information: Climate Prediction Center, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, NOAA/National Weather Service, Camp Springs, MD 20746-4304 USA; and NOAA/National Weather Service, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Climate Prediction Center, 5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746 USA.

Source: Climate Prediction Center ( El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Diagnostic Discussion ( October 5, 2006.

Job--Prawn Farm Manager

We are seeking an experienced (minimum 7 years) freshwater prawn farm manager, preferably from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh, who is willing to relocated to Egypt. The candidate must read and write English and know where to purchase juveniles and feeds.

Source: AquaNic (The Aquaculture Network Information Center, a gateway to the world's electronic aquaculture resources, Shrimp Discussion Group ( Rosenbergii farm manager required ( From: October 2, 2006.

CP Prima

Proteinaprima (CP Prima), the Indonesian shrimp farming unit of Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group, planned to raise $150 million from domestic and international investors, then scaled the offering back to $40 million, and then postponed it.

Now it is planning to sell shares through an initial public offering. The sale would account for 16.38 percent of the company's paid-in and paid-up capital. Each of the new shares will carry two warrants (option-like securities to buy more shares). The shares will be offered starting on November 22, 2006, and listed on the Jakarta Stock Exchange on November 28, 2006. CP Prima has appointed PT Danatama Makmur as its underwriter, replacing PT Danareksa Sekuritas. It said proceeds from the sale of the shares would be used to finance its business expansion including the construction of new shrimp ponds and the purchase of additional shrimp ponds.

 Sources: 1. Construction company completes first 2006 Indonesian IPO with international tranche ( Anette Jönsson. July 17, 2006. 2. Antara News. CP Prima to offer 16.38 pct of stake to public ( October 3, 2006.

Shrimp Production Forecast to Double in 2007

Tehran...In 2007, Iran will produce an estimated 7,000 metric tons of shrimp, doubling production in 2006.

Source: Economic news in brief (Sept. 29)/Shrimp production to double this year ( September 29, 2006.

Artemia Farming

Mazandaran Province...Artemia farming in cockle ponds got started here six years ago and now annual production has reached 50 tons.

Source: Economic news in brief (Oct. 1). Annual artemia production in Mazandaran reaches 50 tons ( October 1, 2006.

Sonoran Harvest Looking Good

In 2006, Sonoran production of farmed shrimp should reach 60,000 tons! So far, about 23% of that amount has been harvested. Disease problems are under better control than in 2005. A small whitespot outbreak occurred around Huatabampo, but it was quickly brought under control, and is not expected to be a factor elsewhere.

Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service). Sonora shrimp outlook improves. Angel Rubio. Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 781-861-1441, email October 4, 2006.

Virus Researcher

Ellaine Riciel Salvador, one of the youngest (just turned 28) faculty members at the Central Luzon State University, teaches classes on and does research on shrimp viruses.

She reports: My dream came true in 2002 when I was granted a MS scholarship to Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

Due to a personal fascination with viruses, I took a course called Fundamental and Applied Virology. I worked with a group that focused on the White Spot Syndrome Virus and did my seven-month thesis at the Wageningen's Laboratory of Virology. Using cloning technology, my thesis involved the localization of a protein (VP28) that protects shrimp from whitespot. While I was unable to trace where VP28 actually went, I came away from the experience wanting a career in vaccine development, DNA cloning and nuclear transfer.

VP28 is one of two proteins found in the whitespot virus that plays a key role in the first steps of infection. The exact location of VP28 and its structure continue to elude researchers, but they know that it attaches to shrimp cells and competes with the virus. The next step is to find out which particular shrimp cells and in which tissue or organ the protein attaches during whitespot and vaccination.

Source: The News Today. From windmills to clogs to biotech/Diary of a young scientist ( Ellaine Riciel Salvador. September 27, 2006.

SyAqua Siam Co., Ltd.

SyAqua's management has purchased SyAqua Siam from Genus, PLC, the cattle and pig breeding company in the United Kingdom. SyAqua supplies genetically improved shrimp nauplii, postlarvae and broodstock to shrimp farms. The new owners have secured a $9 million loan, which will be invested in molecular biology and genomics research as well as in core quantitative genetics and breeding programs. The loan will also allow SyAqua to expand its production facilities and to increase its range of products. "Our Speedline postlarvae have been very successful, and we will continue to develop and supply them to shrimp farmers", said Napat Chunhasant, Marketing Manager.

SyAqua is in the process of importing more broodstock families from its Hawaii Breeding Program to add to the broodstock it already has in Thailand. The experimental lines from the breeding program in Kentucky, USA, will also be imported. This will lead to new products next year.

"We are actively recruiting a Technical Director and Research manager to head up our new research activities," said Nusara Piratamornpan, SyAqua Human Resources Manager.

Information: Ms. Napat Chunhasant, Marketing Manager, and Mr. Glen Illing, Managing Director, SyAqua Siam Co., Ltd. (phone 66-2-661-7607, fax: 66-2-661-7610, email:, website:

Source: Email and press release (SyAqua invests in Research/New owners secure a USD 9 million Loan facility) from Glen Illing on October 11, 2006.

United Arab Emirates
Shrimp Research

Umm Al Quwain, one of seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates, set up a marine research center in 1984. It has 40 ponds covering 127,000 square meters. The center studies grouper, bream, prawns, shrimp and a variety of local fish. The Center is online in three languages: Arabic, English and German (

Source: Science/Environment Sciences/UAQ Marine Research Center and Aquarium opens its website. Press Release from: UAQ Aquarium and Marine Research Center. October 1, 2006.

United States
Alabama--Jackson-Bay Boy Farms

Mosses, Alabama...In the 1950s, Lee Earnest Jackson discovered an 80-million-year-old saltwater aquifer trapped beneath the surface in west central Alabama. Years later his son, Lee Jackson, read about a farmer in Alabama who was growing shrimp in a pond in Hale County. That farmer, Dr. David Teichert-Coddington, owner of Green Prairie Aqua Farm in Forkland, began mentoring Jackson in 2000. The next year, Jackson started his own shrimp farm, Jackson-Bay Boy Farms.

Jackson will soon harvest his sixth crop of Pacific White shrimp. He plans to add more ponds and to process the shrimp on-site.

There are five shrimp farmers in Alabama. Production this year will be approximately 400,000 pounds from 80 acres of ponds. The harvest will generate $920,000, according to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

The development of a processing plant could be the next step. Though only seasonal, the addition of any jobs for several months out of the year would be welcomed, said Jackson, the first and only African American shrimp farmer in the USA, who serves as vice president of the newly incorporated Alabama Inland Shrimp Producer's Association, founded through a grant from State Senator Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro) to promote the newly emerging industry. Teichert-Coddington serves as president of the association.

Dr. David B. Rouse, head of the department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures at Auburn University, works to improve shrimp farming in Alabama. "Any type of processor would be a good venture," he said, adding that researchers at Auburn were looking for uses for the heads and shells.

Source: The Demopolis Times. Time for harvest for shrimp farmers in Black Belt ( Victor Inge (BNI Newswire). September 28, 2006.

United States
California--Shrimp News International

Hi, hot off the press, today, World Shrimp Farming 2006, Shrimp News's annual report on the industry. Excerpts and detailed Table of Contents at

Source: Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International, October 13, 2006.

United States
Texas--Arroyo Aquaculture Association

Arroyo City...The Arroyo Aquaculture Association, a co-op of about 20 shrimp farmers, will produce about 800,000 pounds of shrimp in 2006.

Environmental groups once considered the state's coastal shrimp farms a menace to the environment and to the shrimp fishing industry. Today, however, even environmental groups say they are pleased with the way shrimp farms handle their wastewater discharge. "We think they've done a very good job," said Pam Baker, fisheries biologist for Environmental Defense. "The amount of water discharged has been reduced tremendously--it once carried so much sediment, waste, feces and feed. They've much improved their practices."

The Rio Grande Valley has four shrimp farms. Two have permits to release wastewater into the Arroyo Colorado and two are permitted to release into the Laguna Madre. Both water bodies are environmentally sensitive, but the Arroyo is especially vulnerable because some parts of it aren't in compliance with the Clean Water Act.

Despite the vote of confidence from environmental groups, some residents are concerned about amendments being proposed to Arroyo Aquaculture Association's wastewater permit. The Association has a wastewater permit allowing it to discharge a maximum of one million gallons per day. The farmers are asking to be allowed to discharge into the Arroyo from January to March, which the permit currently forbids. The permit application also requests a reduction of sampling frequency.

Another shrimp farm on the Arroyo, Southern Star, is seeking to renew its permit, but isn't requesting any amendments. The permit allows the farm to discharge up to 60 million gallons per day. Back in the days of fewer restrictions, the farm discharged effluent year-round, so officials banned discharging between January to March to give the Arroyo a rest, said an official from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Now, the farm discharges for about ten days at the end of the season, which usually ends in September.

Because Arroyo Aquaculture and other shrimp farms now recirculate water through their systems and discharge less frequently, it makes sense to reduce monitoring frequency, said David Buzan, coastal fisheries biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Arroyo Aquaculture has been cited several times in the last decade for permit violations, but has only paid a fine once--$10,000 for major violations in 2006. Most of the other violations were minor to moderate, and have been resolved.

Other shrimp farms in the region have similar records with few fines. Southern Star paid $2,600 in 2005 for a violation, but the other violations were classified as "minor" and didn't have fines attached.

Source: The Brownsville Herald. Waste Not, Want Not/Residents concerned with effluent produced from shrimp farms ( Melissa McEver ( October 1, 2006.

United States
Virginia--Blue Ridge Aquaculture


On October 9, 2006, Blue Ridge Aquaculture, which produces tilapia in one the largest recirculating farms in the world, broke ground on a $2.4 million, 25,000-square-foot facility to do research on shrimp farming. Bill Martin, president of Blue Ridge, which has been in operation since 1995, said the facility should be up and running in about four months. When completed, researchers from Virginia Tech will begin a USDA-funded study at the facility to evaluate shrimp farming technology and management practices. Martin said the study will delve into every aspect of shrimp farming, from nutrition to the efficiency of production. "We're studying everything we can possibly study," he said.


According to a Virginia Tech news release, the project is the result of several years of cooperation between Blue Ridge Aquaculture and the university. It "fits nicely within the House of Representatives' Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee goals of supporting research at land-grant schools," the release said.

The research program should take about a year. When completed, the company will evaluate the results and determine how to proceed. Martin said he is optimistic about the study and the future of shrimp production at Blue Ridge Aquaculture. "This test will give us everything we need to know" to proceed, he said.

Source: Martinsville Bulletin. Fishery plans $2.4M expansion ( Amanda Buck. October 6, 2006.


Hanoi...According to the Ministry of Fisheries, seafood exports may surpass the $3 billion mark in 2006, up over 20% from last year, with shrimp accounting for about one-third of the total. The Ministry said that the demand for shrimp on world markets is expected to increase sharply in the remaining months of 2006 because exporters continue to get large orders. Japan is the largest importer of Viet Nam's seafood, followed by the USA, China and the European Union (EU).

Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service). Vietnam says seafood exports to pass $3 billion mark on strong end of year demand for shrimp. Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 781-861-1441, email September 29, 2006