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Low production of shrimp in Southeast Asia, while ex-farm prices may move upwards [September 2016]
A general overview implies lower availability of raw material in major shrimp producing countries, particularly in Asia.
In China, farming efforts this year have slowed, even though EMS disease has in general been under control. Farmers that lost crops in 2015 to disease are not keen to continue farming shrimp this year. Reportedly, production is recovering in the Hainan area but in Zhanjiang and other areas, availability of good quality post larvae is poor, likely due to environmental pollution.

Availability of raw material is also limited in India. As of June, overall production during the first half of the year remains lower than average in Andhra and Tamil Nadu, the two major faming areas of vannamei. Farms in Tamil Nadu are affected by the heat wave and diseases (EHP, white feces). Early harvests mostly consisted of smaller sizes (10g/pc) destined to domestic markets at strong prices for farmers and traders. Export processors in Andhra and Tamil Nadu are sourcing raw material from Odissa and West Bengal to supplement, as production in these areas are better.

Poor availably of local raw material is also reported in southern Viet Nam due to drought and saltwater intrusion as well as EHP and white feces disease. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), production in large farming areas in Ca Mau, Kien Giang, Tra Vinh and Ben Tre provinces is poor, with conditions showing no sign of improving in the near future. Since May/June, Chinese traders have been heavily trading in Southeast Asia, buying shrimp directly from farmers in Viet Nam and Thailand at good prices. As a result, local export industries are now facing a raw material shortage.

In some positive news for the sector, overall production in Indonesia has shown signs of improvement so far this year. Vannamei shrimp farmers that took a break from farming in 2015 are now reporting high density production with new areas being developed for farming. Fortunately, there has been no severe drought, though white feces disease has been reported throughout the country. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Fisheries plans to revitalize black tiger farming particularly in Northern Kalimantan (Tarakan). The dry season is expected from July onwards

Ecuador reported moderate to high production supplies during the first quarter of the year. However, since the earthquake in April, supplies have slowed down.

Lower prices helped shrimp consumption in USA [June 2016]
Industry estimates indicate that the global 2015 farmed shrimp production totalled 2 million tonnes with lower production in China, India, Ecuador, Indonesia and Viet Nam compared with 2014. Farmers used conservative approaches in pond stocking as a result of falling market prices through the third quarter of 2015.

In China, the largest producing country, disease occurrence was reported, impacting supplies. In India, heavy rainfalls and floods significantly affected production in the last two months of 2015 in Andhra Pradesh, the main farming region of the country. As a result, the overall growth rate in India for 2015 is estimated be 10-15% compared with 22% growth in 2014. During the 2014-15 fiscal year (April-March), Indian farmers produced 433 448 tonnes, of which 82% was vannamei shrimp. This makes India the second largest producer of farmed shrimp after China. In Thailand, the farming situation has improved in 2015 with production estimated to be between 240 000-250 000 tonnes, still far below the record levels recorded some years ago. Within Latin America, Ecuador remained the largest producer of farmed shrimp in 2015, at 320 000 tonnes.
Shrimp - November 2015 [December 2015]
In the first half of 2015, global production of farmed shrimp was lower than the same time period last year, particularly with less than expected harvests in Asia. Production in Ecuador was higher during this period, with Viet nam as their top export market. Shrimp prices plummeted by 15-20% in international trade compared with the first six months of 2014 as a result of the supply and demand disparity in the USA, the EU and Japan. For exports, India, Indonesia and Thailand managed to increase their volumes to the USA, albeit with plummeting export revenues. There were also higher imports to Viet Nam, the Republic of Korea and China during this period.
Shrimp Market Report - US - January 2010 [January 2010]

US reviews antidumping duties

The Department of Commerce published the final results of the third administrative review of the antidumping duties on shrimp. While this report was positive for shrimp exporters from India, Ecuador, Viet Nam and China, Thailand was given higher duties. Shrimp importers in the US are now expecting results of the review process of the International Trade Commission, which will begin in January and that could possibly revoke antidumping duties, according to a meeting of the National Fisheries Institute
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Shrimp Market Report - EU - May 2009 [May 2009]

The European market for shrimp is weak

The European market for shrimp continues to be weak with both demand and prices remaining low. The retail chain segment has reduced its orders significantly and stocks are said to be piling up as a result of consumers’ lessening purchase power and reluctance to buy comparatively expensive products. Demand is decreasing on all major shrimp import markets.
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Fish Info Network Directors meet at Conxemar, Vigo
In October each year the Spanish Association of Wholesalers, Importers, Manufacturers and Exporters of Fish products and Aquaculture (Conxemar) organizes the International Frozen Seafood Exhibition in Vigo, Spain.

Back to back with this event Conxemar jointly holds an international conference together with FAO. This year the conference was dedicated to cephalopods, a group of molluscs that includes squids, cuttlefishes, and octopus. The conference also provides the backdrop for various side events such as the Vigo dialogue on decent work in fisheries and aquaculture, and the meeting of the Fish Info Network (FIN).
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