ANALYSIS - The Dominican Republic has banned all imports of shrimp from Mexico, China, Malaysia, Viet Nam, Thailand and Bangladesh because of concern over Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS).
The inclusion of Mexico in the ban gives reason to think that the country's unidentified shrimp disease that affected farms in the Sonora and Sinaloa regions last month is in fact EMS. Mexican authorities have not yet confirmed the disease as EMS.
Despite the devastation that EMS has caused to some shrimp farmers in Asia, the unaffected farmers look set to benefit from soaring shrimp prices globally throughout the rest of 2013 and into 2014.
The Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) reported that nearly 80 per cent of shrimp farmers in the Mekong Delta in southern Viet Nam have been hit by the disease and in Thailand, shrimp production for 2013 is projected to be down by 30 per cent.
After years of investigation, flooding has finally been identified as the cause of ill and dead fish in Gladstone Harbour, Australia.
Industrial operations and dredging were initially blamed but tests have now shown that a flood in 2011 led to new species of fish being introduced leading to more stress on the ecosystem.
In fisheries news, EU member states have decided to impose sanctions against the Faroe Islands on its trade of herring and mackerel to the EU.
The decision comes after the Faroe Islands unilaterally trebled its existing herring quota from 31,940 tonnes to 105,000 tonnes, despite other involved countries lowering their quotas.
Although many agreed with the sanctions, Denmark and Iceland stated it was a step too far and that other ways to negotiate on quotas had not yet been exhausted.
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