Shrimp farming is not easy, since shrimp are constantly exposed to pathogen pressures, environmental fluctuations (e.g. temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen etc.) and other production stressors (e.g. stocking density, handling etc.).
Nevertheless, arguably the biggest challenge facing producers is disease, where mortality can be anywhere from 30 - 80%. These unpredictable harvests increase the risk of shrimp farming, and there is a considerable financial cost. Although difficult to quantify, high mortality rates cost the shrimp industry billions of US dollars every year. Despite extensive research, no silver bullet has been found to address these complex challenges, and it is an unrealistic objective. Therefore, a multifactorial approach is needed across the value and production chain and through collaboration of different stakeholders.
dsm-firmenich offers specific solutions targeting the host, pathogen and environment for a holistic approach to improving shrimp robustness, increasing productivity and resulting in a predictable and consistent harvest.