Philippines Ramping Up White Shrimp Farming
Philippines shrimp aquaculture industry is preparing to convert the majority of its former tiger prawn culture to white (p. vannamei) prawn culture. (7 Dec 2007) Intrafish
Editor's Note: It is serious folly for the Asian shrimp farm industry to again put all of its "shrimp eggs" in one basket, foolishly believing that vannamei will somehow be without the disease problems that continually plague the shrimp farm industry. Considering the serious and rather frequent disease outbreaks with vannamei in Latin America's three decades of shrimp farming, why is vannamei looked at now in Asia as the magic bullet in shrimp rearing?
According to Intrafish, the Philippines shrimp aquaculture industry is preparing to convert the majority of its former tiger prawn culture to white (p. vannamei) prawn culture.
"Vannamei is expected to be one of the top aquaculture commodities in the country in the next fve years. Ninety percent of tiger prawn growers in the country have shifted to vannamei, and an expected production of 100,000 metric tons of shrimp is their object.
"320 Filippino fishermen recently underwent training in vannamei farming to prepare them to commence this new industry in the Philippines."
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