Philippine shrimp ban paying off
The imposition of an indefinite ban on the importation of all live shrimps is paying off, as exporters cash in while the Philippines remains “uniquely” disease-free in Asia, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
“We are now exporting at least PHP 325 million (USD 7.5 million, EUR 5.6 million) worth of vannamei (white shrimp) monthly for the past three months,” BFAR Director Asis G. Perez said in an interview. “We expect shipments to be bigger in the coming months.”
Last April, BFAR suspended indefinitely the processing of applications for the importation of all live shrimps and crustaceans, in an effort move to prevent early mortality syndrome (EMS) and other shrimp diseases from entering and spreading in the Philippines.