75% of Guatemalan Shrimp Stocks Lost
The country's shrimp farms on the south coast were those worst affected by tropical storm Ágatha and the eruption of the Pacaya volcano.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Natural disasters have had an impact on the dredging of ponds and on shrimp larvae. Producers say that it will take more than a year for the sector to recover.
The goals set by Guatemalan exporters for 2013 include the opening up of the markets of China and Canada for peas, green beans and shrimp.
The shrimp industry, which exported $52.8 billion in 2011, is seeking to improve infrastructure and implement improved farming technologies.
$109 million worth of seafood goods where sold abroad in 2010, 13% more than 2009, when $96 million were exported.
Shrimp exports fell to 5.8 million pounds during the first quarter of this year, 43% less than during the same period in 2008.
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