An increasing risk of shrimp disease has raised the concern and compelled the government of five largest shrimp producing nations to immediately devise a plan to address the continued outbreak and emergence of disease in shrimp farms. A letter has been signed by more than 25 major retailer and seafood companies and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) and was sent to government of China, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Disease is the major challenge and disrupts the reliability of supply chain, threatens seafood sustainability, jobs and a continual loss of billions of dollar each year.
It was stated acting now will prevent the chronic economic impacts associated with established diseases and ultimately lead to a more resilient and robust shrimp industry.
They further added that the economic cost of running a shrimp operation is minimal as compared to those losses during any disease outbreak.
Around the world, a total of five million tons of shrimp are farmed. As per FAO and WorldFish estimation, it directly employs five million people on shrimp farm whereas an additional five million are employed in related supply chains.