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After Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) problems plagued shrimp production in China, Thailand and Mexico in 2012 and 2013, increased production from India, Vietnam and other countries has filled in the gaps.

In fact, recovery of shrimp aquaculture will be driven by India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Ecuador by 2017, James L. Anderson, director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Florida, said during a presentation at the recent GOAL meeting in Vancouver, B.C.

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There’s been a weak outlook for shrimp and tilapia prices this summer in China but strong demand for replacement species for fish at local market during the ongoing annual fishing ban. There was mixed news this month down south in the island province of Hainan, a key tilapia and vannamei shrimp cultivation region. A document from the Ocean and Fisheries bureau shows tilapia in the Haikou region of Hainan sized 350-500g sold wholesale for CNY 7 (USD 1.10, EUR 0.99) per kilo: that’s up 16.7...

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China’s leading shrimp producing regions are reporting a summer slump in prices due to a surge of supply and worries over the quality of some of the stock. Prices however remain up on the same period last year in Zhanjiang (Guangdong province) and Fujian which are reporting a CNY 10/kg (USD 1.60, EUR 1.40) per kilo fall since March for 50 head/500g vannemei shrimp.

A survey of pricing data from provincial offices of the agriculture ministry shows Guangdong ex-pond prices for vannemei have gone...

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Prices on farmed shrimp from Asia have been lower this summer, partly because of decreased demand, buyers say.

Last summer through fall, prices on Asian shrimp soared because of problems with early mortality syndrome (EMS). EMS in Southeast Asia slashed global shrimp production by around 30 percent last year, according to estimates.

“When EMS came along, prices skyrocketed … and buyers were looking for something else. They haven’t come around to turning prices around again,” said a Pacific...

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American consumers love their shrimp, and the bigger the better.

“Shrimp sales are always high for us during the holidays,” said a Washington, DC, seafood retailer. “Our customers go for large or jumbos.” The store was selling large for USD 18.99 (EUR 16.07) a pound and jumbos for USD 21.99 (EUR 18.60), sourced either fresh from the Carolinas or previously frozen from Texas.

Catering and parties were major sales drivers for the retailer, beginning after Thanksgiving and continuing through the...

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The price of vannamei shrimp in Vietnam has dropped about 15 percent since September. Holiday demand in the United States has run its course, and though China had to import to meet demand earlier in the year, a sluggish economy there has reduced demand allowing it to meet its needs with domestic production.

Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) in Thailand from last year halved that country’s output, boosting prices by 40 percent. The high prices stimulated farmers in Vietnam and Indonesia to switch...

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Fortunately for U.S. buyers, Thailand’s farmed shrimp industry is recovering from the early mortality syndrome (EMS) disease that sent prices soaring last year and into this year.

As a result of better supply from Thailand, along with Central America and South America, prices are softening. But farmed shrimp is still not the value it used to be for foodservice and retail buyers.

“While prices have dropped over the last two months, they are not at the price they were two to three years ago...

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We’ve yet to see the full impact of higher shrimp prices on consumers, as supplies remain tight, prices stay high and buyers keep waiting for a solution to the early mortality syndrome (EMS) disease in Thailand. The CEO of one East Coast seafood supplier says the situation is “still a mess” with “not too many lights at the end of the tunnel.”

“Many items are priced out of the market,” the CEO said, adding wild Mexican shrimp prices are too high to the point he can’t buy it and make a profit... Read More
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The Japanese wholesale price for Thai-origin vannamei (13 grams each, headless shell-on) in early October was JPY 2,200 to JPY 2,400 per 1.8-kilogram (kg) block (approx USD 5.80/EUR 4.29) per pound), a record high price and nearly double that of the same period last year.

One supermarket chain in the Tokyo metropolitan area reported vannamei sales in September had decreased by 70 percent year-on-year due to high prices, and some Japanese supermarkets are now offering cheaper, smaller-sized...

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Shrimp prices appear to have reached a tipping point, with reports of some restaurant chains in the United States and the U.K. choosing to pull shrimp from their menus until prices come down to levels they are comfortable paying or passing the increase on to their customers.

With early mortality syndrome (EMS) decimating harvests in Thailand, the world’s largest shrimp-farming country, prices remain at near-historic highs, although prices in early October were down slightly in some categories...

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