Tilapia, a fish to feed the world, and the deadly virus that may destroy it.
Perhaps a leaf should be taken from the shrimp aquaculture industry.
Having lived through three disease outbreaks in three decades and several trade market exclusions, the shrimp industry, because of shrimp’s high fecundity, global production and short life cycle has rapidly been able to bounce back. Tilapia is no different.
The markets will do the same thing for tilapia and industry will come out the other side better for it. No pain no gain.
OIE’s and UNFAO plus Worldfish raising the alarm but what for? Fund raising exercise? R & D for a cure.
Parallels should be made to shrimp aquaculture industry experience at global level not to Norwegian salmon. Just look at bigger picture and global shrimp prices over past 30 years.
The biostructure of the business for tilapia is way closer to shrimp than salmon.
Somehow have always felt that FAO see shrimp as the access of evil in aquaculture.
You know – shrimp – a luxury for the rich export market from a development country view point. Well it is the most consumed seafood in USA.
Tilapia what then the social pacifier. For Africa (along with catfish). Is this all then just a political and demographic stance?
The problem now, as with shrimp diseases, is that by opening the door to worry and concern one is showing the way of least resistance. This is the path all humans will take first.
Making it easy to fail, by offering a way out in the form of a disease should the going get tough or the incentives get too great, is not helpful.
Perhaps the FAO and OIE be best advised leave well alone.
Let the invisible hand of the market, human creativity and farmers learning to farm, be a best preventative strategy rather than implementing blocking control standards based on exclusions and limitations.
Trying to control tilapia production by looking at the problem from a salmon perspective makes one wonder who are the people driving strategies…