Following a challenging year, shrimp farmers should not be too pessimistic about 2023 – as long as they don’t leave themselves overexposed, argues Willem van der Pijl, managing director of the Global Shrimp Forum.
The environmental impacts of aquaculture are often in the spotlight. The need for sustainable practices is now firmly embedded in the minds of the public, governments and industry – but this sometimes presents trade-offs in fish welfare.
The Russian aquaculture sector is facing the deepest crisis in its modern history, as the ongoing military conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the ever tightening sanctions on Russia has led to a shortage of fish feed, juveniles and equipment.
Ukraine’s fish farming industry has been devastated by the Russian invasion, but farmers are also helping to feed the troops and displaced people, explains Andrey Honcharov, the CEO of Ukrainian Fish Farming Company.
Indonesia-based aquaculture specialist Retno Nuraini’s continual work on sustainable production has led her to join Deliberate Capital, an investment company which is providing financial and technical expertise to smallholder shrimp farmers.
Following a challenging seven years, Nigeria’s first commercial-scale black tiger prawn producer is now up, running and ready to supply high end markets with ASC certified shrimp – from Lagos, to Rotterdam and beyond.
The 50th anniversary of Cloan Hatcheries is an astonishing milestone in the trout farming sector that Dick Haldane is rightly proud of. However – unlike one of his other achievements – it hasn’t yet earned him a telegram from one of the world’s most feared dic…
The overuse of disinfectants, coupled with farmers’ willingness to exceed their systems’ carrying capacities, have been key factors in the downfall of the Asian shrimp sector over the last decade, according to Robins McIntosh*.