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Rising Fuel Prices Reduce Shrimp Production

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VIET NAM - The executive director of the Chamber of Nicaraguan Fisheries (Capenic), Armando Segura, warns that the situation surrounding the domestic shrimp industry is worrying. He says that shrimp catch levels are low in the country as a result of increased operating costs, mainly due to an increase in fuel prices.

Currently, only five of the 25 boats that make up the industrial fishing fleet are operating in the Caribbean Sea.

In addition, some 250 people are now no longer working because numerous vessels are no longer going out to fish resulting in shrimp processing plants receiving less raw materials.

The reduction in raw materials is also impacting export volumes.

"The cost of fuel has a direct impact on production costs and the shrimp fishery is the most affected, in this case by the rising price of diesel. Right now, most of the shrimp boats have remained docked, affecting production and employment," Mr Segura said.

Industry sources estimate that the fishing industry this year could record a decline of around six per cent in terms of export volumes, but perhaps, the value of these items will be similar to last year: US$ 158 million.

"The recovery of prices will somewhat offset the decline in production," said Mr Segura.

They have also been affected by natural phenomena, such as inclement weather, as well as other economic issues, such as rising fuel prices. Due to this, Mr Segura believes that the fishing industry should focus more towards aquaculture.

According to the Centre for Export Procedures (Cetrex), during the first two months of 2011, they reported a fall in export volumes of sea shrimp over the same period of 2010.

Between January and February last year, a total of 2048 tonnes of marine shrimp were shipped abroad for US$ 2.17 million, while in the same two months of 2011, they exported 359 tonnes for US$ 2.2 million.

Danilo Rosales, vice president of the Nicaraguan Institute of Fishing and Aquaculture (Inpesca), said that the shrimp fishing fleet has reduced its productivity levels because the industry can not outweigh the cost of fuel.

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