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Weekly Overview: Bangladesh to Allow SPF Shrimp Broodstock Imports

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ANALYSIS - In this week's news, Bangladesh has opened its doors to imports of specific pathogen free (SPF) shrimp broodstock and post-larvae for the first time in ten years, writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite Editor.

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According to the Bangladesh Daily Star newspaper, the move will boost the production of disease-free shrimps and boost exports.

However, many hatchery owners believe allowing imports to be risky and that farmers have had bad experiences in the past with imports of of shrimp fry.

Addressing the biosecurity needs of the country, the government has also drafted a new law which will better control the import of fish into the country.

The Fish Quarantine Act 2014 will develop facilities at ports to test imported live fish, aquatic animals and fish products before clearance into the country.

Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched the Vibrant Oceans initiative, a commitment of $53 million over five years to promote reforms to boost fish populations in Brazil, the Philippines and Chile.

Currently, over-fishing and destruction of important marine areas are threatening the global supply of fish. Reforming fishing practices in these countries will revitalise seven per cent of the world’s fisheries and will potentially serve as a model for future global reform efforts by providing insights into the best ways to protect the world’s fish supply.

In disease news, an new outbreak of Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) (HPR 7B strain) has been reported in Chiloé, Chile.

All the affected cages at the Invermar farm have now been harvested and the local authority is conducting inspections on farms within a five mile radius every 15 days.

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