January 8, 2014
Sonora—The Cost of Whitespot in 2013
Samuel Fraijo Flores, the president of a Private Aquaculture Association in the state of Sonora, said the whitespot virus caused a “catastrophic drop in production” at shrimp farms in Sonora in 2013. Employment on the farms also dropped dramatically.
In 2012, about 25,000 hectares of ponds produced 20,000 metric tons of shrimp; in 2013, the same area produced 12,000 tons. The number of people employed on shrimp farms dropped from 7,000 in 2012 to 2,500 in 2013.