Save that shrimp

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
1 November 2006, at 12:00am

THAILAND - Henry Wang has a plan. Its the kind of long-considered, well-researched and yet fiendishly simple plan that is likely to revolutionise his industry shrimp farming.

At the time of going to print, Mr Wang, a slight yet vibrant Taiwanese gentleman who calls Phuket home, was addressing the collected members of the Thai Marine Shrimp Association in Surat Thani, in the hope that they would endorse his plan and perhaps find a way to help finance it.

The shrimp industry is worth US$2 billion a year to Thailand. In fact Thailand is the world’s number one exporter of shrimp. But only 10% of the 20 million tons of shrimp Thailand exports is caught fresh from the sea.

The rest is farmed. But of the millions of tons of shrimp that makes it to the dinner tables, far more is lost due to viral infection. In fact this has been a growing problem for Thailand’s industry for the past 30 years.

Source: Phuket Post