The catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan on 11 March is sure to impact the global shrimp market, as Japan is the world’s No. 2 shrimp importer, behind the United States.

Japanese shrimp imports had been trending upward, increasing in each of the last three years and reaching 205,345 metric tons (452.7 million pounds) last year, the highest total since 2007’s 207,257 metric tons (456.9 million pounds), according to the National Marine Fisheries Service.

But the earthquake a…