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Farmed shrimp mortality cause remains unknown

  (MEXICO, 7/18/2013)

Sinaloa governor Mario Lopez Valdez admitted that the reason to justify farmed shrimp mortality in the state farms is still unknown and that the impact on the economy of the entity is estimated at MXN 1,000 million (USD 79 million).

The official said the National Sanitary and Safety, Agrifood Quality Service (Senasica) estimates that in two weeks the results of the samples obtained to identify the bacteria or virus affecting crustaceans will be available.

Lopez Valdez stated that out of an area of brackish water shrimp farms of 34,842 hectares, 28,479 hectares were affected by a strange death of the species a few months after the stocking phase, the newspaper El Universal reported.

The governor stressed the need to identify the cause of the mortality in order to stop it.

In 455 aquaculture farms, out of a total of 571, the deaths were recorded.

So far, the production losses have reached 18,724 tonnes, which is why farmers are requesting federal aid.

On the other hand, the president of the Shrimp Product System, Felix Niebla, said the mortality issues have not ended, and at present it is difficult to assess the damage that has been caused, Noroeste reported.

"It is difficult to assess, that is not going to be revealed until October, when all the harvests are completed. We have been unsuccessful in the sector," the leader regretted.

"Also the larvae laboratories are in a difficult situation, many of us use the supplier’s credit, of the inputs such as the larva, the situation has been critical, we’ve worked coordinating our efforts with those of the academy," he added.

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