Prawn found to be living in whale shark’s mouth…

Podocerus jinbe, acrustacean found to be living in the whale shark’s mouth — MercoPress


A big protein gap for shrimp to fill in with China – vannamei global pricing still led by Ecuador…

There will no doubt be a very fast growing farmed shrimp protein market in the world for next five years led, as in past decades, by internal China markets.

China’s Pigs to Take Half a Decade to Recover From Killer Virus

Global shrimp price tendencies for farmed vannamei though have always be led by Ecuador.

Global plastic – Europe leading the way in education.

I remember in the 1970’s swimming off Monaco where floating human feces was our major problem. You had to water ski around the shit. The Oceanographic Institute in Monaco released an exotic seaweed accidentally into the sea when cleaning out a tank back then.

In the 1980’s vibrio was also common. Sea urchins were carriers. Offshore boats were collecting the seaweed every year for decades from the release – not plastics! Talk about near shore beach cleanups. Tourism and all that…

In the UK in the 1970’s children were receiving police in all schools as the Dangerous Litter act went from £10 to £100. Celebrities were used in the Keep Britain Tidy – Tidyman campaign. It was very public and children got involved – it was a jolt for Baby Boomer families because that education led to children shaming adults…….even in public………..shame is more that world did not learn faster.

Generation X parents were not all on board yet its only from Millennial on that there was 100% on boarding – but by then their near environment was well covered.

Fast forward to 2019. Most ocean plastic wastes come from just 10 rivers and countries where education requires bolstering. Yes this is already a generation behind with regards to the cardinal sin of littering….

At the beach this year got to see 18 year old French girls doing this. These are now considered post-millennial under latest guidelines from Pew research…..but get this…

……my daughters, yes my daughters, at 12 years old, have a friend who is competing as Spanish representative in JESC – Junior Eurovision song contest. She went to the beach to do the video on saving the Oceans and plastics and all that good stuff….but guess what….my daughters say they could not find any plastic on the beach and had to take some with them for the shoot!

Well done Spain.

Good luck Melani in Poland for November….

11,000 scientists declare climate emergency, outline a plan of action

World scientists declare climate emergency

Shrimp aquaculture addresses to different degrees three of the six action points…

Energy – as a carbon sink. Large extensions of shrimp farms globally grow algae.

Nature – Large extensions of shrimp farms globally grow phytoplankton.

Food – as an alternate to red meat consumption.

Bit by bit shrimp aquaculture doing its part.

Microbiome- altering Alzheimer’s unexpectedly approved in China…marine seaweed derived…

Green Valley Announces NMPA Approval Of Oligomannate For Mild To Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease

Imagine the health story possible when shrimp aquaculture moves to algal as protein for raw material.

It is starting slow with fishoil replacements.

Human health – the microbiome.

Usefulness of weekly shrimp portion.

Shrimp sperm sac omelette – epicurean pirate breakfast.

While reading a recent article on cryo-preservation of shrimp sperm I was taken back to those good old pirate days when we used to process heads-on ocean caught shrimp.

A quick squeeze on the stainless steel Sort-rite grader rollers while size classifying and out popped or “ejaculated” the sperm sac.

After a run, and in season, the floor would be covered with the sperm sacs. Wash down collect and cook-up. Great for a real epicurean pirate breakfast!

Floor checking for shrimp sperm…..1993

Demise of relevance of green shrimp – Long live the new (King) Prawn

Surprised to see the term “green” shrimp used on a slide presented at GOAL 2019. 

Of course it is the old commercial trade term used for raw fished headless shrimp from the 1970’s but with shrimp aquaculture and the rise of peeled value added and heads-on markets the term started to lose relevance.

It is still the market name for US fished p.Setiferus though.

End user associate green with other things – and never really eat green shrimp – just pink really – once cooked.

Expected Trends should perhaps include Europe (biggest market) also? ….and get some updated 2019 marketing terms for those shrimp farmers stuck out there in the 1980’s. 

The major worry for the shrimp industry is not disease on the supply side but marketing shrimp on the demand side. Not surprisingly looking at this 2019 survey slide, held at the Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership, there is a lack of, well, leadership….