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India Gives Long Awaited Nod to Shrimp Species

INDIA - A long-pending demand of the aquaculture and seafood industry is being met with the Union Ministry of Agriculture granting permission to cultivate the Litopenaeus Vannamei species of shrimp in the country.

Sources in the Seafood Exporters’ Association of India (SEAI) said the Departments of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries, under the Agriculture Ministry, had notified the guidelines for import and cultivation of the species here.

According to a report from TheHindu, a separate notification carries the guidelines for hatchery production and culture of the species.

According to the notification, permission for importing broodstock of Vannamei would be granted by the Coastal Aquaculture Authority (CAA) keeping the annual requirements in mind, says TheHindu.

The CAA, in consultation with the National Fisheries Development Board, the Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture and the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), would shortlist the overseas suppliers based on the genetic base and disease status. Import of broodstock will be permitted only from such suppliers.