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Shrimp Imports Unnecessary in Venezuela

VENEZUELA - Venezuela's central government will not import shrimp as the country is essentially a producer nation of the fish with an adequate level of production, assured the president of the Socialist Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (INSOPESCA), Gilberto Gimenez.

According to FIS, the announcement was made only days after industrial trawling was wholly banned on a national level. Authorities hope its replacement with less environmentally aggressive fishing practices will bolster marine biodiversity protection.

"No company is authorised to import shrimp," Gimenez said. "However, there are 51 companies registered as shrimp exporters [which allows us] to conclude that we will not be importing shrimp when its domestic consumption does not exceed domestic production parameters."

the Fish Site Editor

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