The global shrimp farming industry continues to change and evolve in response to a rising tide of biological, environmental, political, financial and market forces. Over the past several years, a few key trends have shaped the industry. 1) issues with pond performance of Penaeus monodon have led to expanded reliance on Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) stocks of Litopenaeus vannamei. 2) fluctuations in feed ingredient prices have caused great uncertainty on feed millers and producers. 3) continued and new pressures from governmental and non-governmental organizations has been reflected in the development of certification programs, designed to establish sustainability criteria. 4) industry growth in value terms has slowed in recent years as growers contend with lower prices and tighter margins. The papers recruited for the World Aquaculture 2009 special session on sustainable shrimp farming provide fresh assessments, reviews and perspectives targeting these critical topic areas.
The first section of the book focuses on genetics and breeding. Section two addresses health management. Section three targets the area of nutrition and feeds. Section four, the largest one, provides some of the latest information on current production technologies. The last section reviews shrimp markets and certification. The present volume, the fifth in this highly regarded series reviews some of the most recent important trends and advances in marine shrimp farming providing a wealth of valuable information for students, researchers, producers and suppliers involved in this formidable industry.
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