The authorities in three leading agencies in the aquaculture industry requested the Ministry of Agriculture of the State of Sonora declares several municipalities in the state as disaster zones on account of the appearance of the white spot disease in farmed shrimp last year.
The objective is to obtain preferential support for the shrimp sector so as to mitigate and counteract the effects caused by the disease, causing millions in losses in 2011. Also, the intention was to prevent its appearance this year.
The health risk caused a 50 per cent fall in shrimp production. This activity involves over 30,000 jobs, of which 7,000 are direct ones.
The farmed shrimp production dropped dramatically in the 2011 cycle: 40,697 tonnes reached the market, compared to 81,000 tonnes in 2010.
In economic terms, the losses exceeded 50 per cent, since the production value fell from about USD 313 million in 2010 to USD 156.7 million in 2011.