World Farmed Shrimp Production to Double in Ten Years!
Sea Port heard this prediction from George Chamberlain, the
president of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, while attending the
organization’s GOAL (Global
Outlook on Aquaculture Leadership) conference this month (October National Seafood Month).
World Farmed Shrimp Production to Double in
Mr. Chamberlain proffered this positive prediction while
being fully aware of the major shrimp production shortfalls that diseases have
caused during the last two years (especially EMS).
However, the foundation of his prediction was
that the aquaculture industry will steadily improve
its knowledge of disease
processes and will continually implement new practices that will not only help
prevent and treat diseases, but also more effectively control their
Back in March of 2013 Sea Port Blogged about EMS?…..this
too shall pass and at that time we took a similar upbeat view that EMS and
other disease occurrences were normal growing pains of young industry that is
currently the world’s
fastest growing food production system!
Since Sea Port’s EMS blog over a year and a half ago, shrimp
farmers have demonstrated progress in avoiding and mitigating EMS and other
diseases. They accomplished this by
diligently adhering to established best aquaculture practices and by
implementing newly developed husbandry technologies and practices such as:
- utilizing genetically improve stocks that resist
- Improving breeding techniques to assure disease
- Starting the early identification of diseased
stocks and implementing isolation schemes that address direct and indirect
exposure to healthy stocks
- Developing and utilizing enhanced feeds that
promote disease resistance
- Implementing various water quality improvement
(Sea Port is definitely not betting against George)