Much has changed since Sea Port’s original blog back in March of 2013 about the devastating disease impact of EMS to the global shrimp farming industry:
1. The causative agent has been identified
2. New technological and scientific management improvements have been implemented worldwide to
manage EMS. Subsequently, global farmed shrimp production has resumed its upward trend.
Revisiting our original blog post shows that Sea Port believed that EMS would only be a bump along the road for the global shrimp farming industry as it continued its developmental journey toward improved practices and output.
1. While the worse of EMS seems to be over for now, diseases in general will continue to be an
ongoing concern for the industry as new disease agents emerge and old diseases reappear in areas
where EMS inspired best aquaculture practices have not yet taken hold.
2. In addition to ongoing disease concerns, the rising cost of aquaculture feed will also be an
Global shrimp farming and aquaculture in general are in their infancy compared to the more modern state of animal husbandry exhibited by land based livestock production systems. Sea Port believes that each bump encountered along aquaculture’s road to expanded production will actually serve as catalysts that help advance its modernization. This gives great promise that aquaculture will be the major leading sustainable food source to feed the 9-10 billion of us that will inhabit our wondrous blue planet by the year 2050.
Go Blue!.....For Our Environment…..For Our Health…..For Sustainability
David Glaubke, Director of Sustainability Initiatives