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Farmed shrimp’s cause of death still unknown

  (MEXICO, 7/29/2013)

The Mexican government and the Sinaloa farmers still do not know what the cause of the mass death of farmed shrimp is in the farms in the state, which has caused a serious sector and economic crisis.

Almost a month after the first reports were issued on the death of these crustaceans, the authorities of the National Health Safety and Agrifood Quality Service (Senasica); the governor of Sinaloa, Mario López Valdez; aquaculture producers and officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Sinaloa (Sagip) do not know the causative agent of the mortality.

According to Juan Nicasio Guerra Ochoa, head of the Sagip, various studies are being conducted to rule out several diseases and not just one.

Meanwhile, Cuauhtemoc Castro Real, Undersecretary of Fisheries, explained that given the fear expressed by coastal fishermen, tests on wild shrimp are being performed in order to rule out the fact that the problem registered in the farms also starts being noted in estuaries and bays.

So far, 455 farms have been reported with losses due to shrimp mortality, El Debate informed.

"It seems that we are not moving in the direction of a single etiology, a single cause. It appears that there is a weakening of the matter of the larvae and confirmed the error we have kept, which is absurd," pointed out Guerra Ochoa.

It is speculated that the shrimp are suffering from the "Habsburg syndrome" and "not early death," the official added, according to Línea Directa.

In this regard, he explained that the Habsburg syndrome is related to genetic damages, and it is so called because of its analogy with what happened to the members of that royal family due to the fact they married among themselves.

In the neighbouring state of Sonora the situation faced by shrimp producers is also complex. The industry is asking state and federal governments to declare this sector as an emergency or a disaster, affected by various diseases since 2009.

Four years ago, Sonora produced 81,000 tonnes of shrimp while for this year around 12,000 tonnes have been projected, according to the president of the Health Committee of the State of Sonora, Eugenio Molina.

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