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Loss of millions expected due to farmed shrimp damage

  (MEXICO, 6/21/2013)

Farmed shrimp producers in the farms of Sinaloa are facing a serious illness, which has already caused high mortality and huge economic losses.

According to the Director of Health, Safety and Food Quality of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the State Government (SAGyP), Januario de los Ríos Núñez, shrimp producers will no longer receive more than MXN 1,000 million (USD 75 million) for Aquaculture production and export.

While the National Health, Safety and Quality Service (Senasica) decided to issue a health alert 10 days ago, the official clarified that the crustacean supply is guaranteed, as there are still stored volumes from this season, informed Debate.

Out of the 520 farms established across the state, covering an area of 35,000 hectares, there are effects that vary between 15 per cent and 85 per cent per farm.

With respect to the farms that have resulted in little damage, the health director said they continue with their normal cycle. They even follow the plans aimed at setting the second stocking cycle in September 2013, added de los Rios Nuñez.

Besides, out of the aquaculture farms in Sinaloa, those in Sonora and Nayarit have been affected by this disease.

Research is being performed in order to identify the pathogen that is causing the death of the shrimp. At the moment, scientists do not know if the disease is caused by bacteria or a virus.

About ten laboratories are involved in these studies.

"At first, it was assumed it could be the early sickness syndrome. However, there are no conclusive studies confirming that this is the problem," explained the health director.

The pathogen damages the hepatopancreas of the shrimp, making the crustacean unable to develop.

The fish farmers from the south of the state are concerned about the fact that there is further increase in the mortality of farmed shrimp. In San Ignacio and Mazatlan several cases have been reported with losses that threaten to be complete, according to Noroeste.com.

Felipe de Jesus Alduenda Bernal, president of the cooperative management of the Mexican Revolution Veterans said they started noticing the death of the crustaceans last Sunday.

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- Help requested to fight farmed shrimp disease

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