A shrimp affected with the white spot virus. (Photo: FAO)
Shrimp production plummets due to white spot virus
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 02:00 (GMT + 9)
Farmed shrimp production could drop about 40 per cent this year due to the impact of white spot virus, and to the fact that the price of this crustacean could rise in the same proportion.
These are estimates made by the Sector Chamber of the Productive Chain of this state in northeastern Brazil, whose president, Cristiano Maia explains that the price increase is the result of lower production and increased product demand, reported O Povo.
The white spot disease, which is deadly to shrimp but does not prevent the consumption of contaminated shellfish, was detected last year in nurseries in the municipality of Aracati but only this year it has become an outbreak.
As yet no vaccines or drugs have become available to fight the white spot virus, its spread can only be avoided by ensuring adequate farming conditions.