Supply Chain Roundtable

Asian Farmed Shrimp

The Asian Farmed Shrimp Supply Chain Roundtable (SR) is an industry-led coalition that includes the leading North American and European importers of Asian farmed shrimp. The SR focuses on accelerating the adoption of a zonal management approach, to increase the sustainability of shrimp farming.

The current geographic focus of the SR is in the major producing regions of Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Members continue to explore how to address improvements in other countries, including China and India. 

A zonal management approach reduces environmental impacts and disease risk, increasing the volume of shrimp produced responsibly, strengthening livelihoods, maintaining and protecting ecosystems, and ensuring respect for human and labor rights.

The SR is a key vehicle for driving change in major shrimp-producing countries. SR members advocate for policy and regulatory change through their supply chain networks, and initiate and support multi-stakeholder aquaculture improvement projects (AIPs) to advance zonal aquaculture management. 

Click here to see a list of all SR members.

Sector Snapshot

9 Asian Farmed Shrimp AIPs

11 Roundtable Participating Companies

12.2 % Farmed Shrimp Production Certified or in an AIP

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To join this Supply Chain Roundtable or for more information, please contact Elena Piana or call SFP at 1-808-726-2582. 

Impact & Updates

The SR initiated discussions with Asian governments on reducing disease risks in light of the impact of COVID-19 on imports of disease-free broodstock. 

Q1 2022 Update:

  • The Shrimp SR was formalized with an agreed set of goals, a workplan, and terms of reference. The implementation of the workplan began in March 2021 and will continue until February 2023. The Terms of Reference describe how responsibilities are shared between SFP and the SR participants.
  • A marketing campaign is under development and a graphic designer has been recruited. The marketing campaign will help raise awareness of the benefits of a landscape-based approach to aquaculture management and how AIPs are the tool to achieve it.
  • A participation fee has been agreed, which varies based on company turnover and location and ranges between $1,500 and $3,500. Participation is open on an ongoing basis to any farmed shrimp importers and exporters who can play a role in improving the stability and resilience of farmed shrimp supply chains.

Sector Background

Farmed shrimp accounts for more than two-thirds of production in the large-shrimp sector (larger than 100 per pound). Currently, more than 660,000 tonnes of farmed shrimp are considered to be sustainable or improving, representing nearly 7 percent of large-shrimp sector volume. 

Farmed shrimp is a major import product into North American and European markets. It is typically produced in tropical countries, the bulk of it in Asia. Target 75 can only be achieved by expanding improvement efforts to shrimp production in China, which produces almost 2.5 million tonnes of large farmed shrimp and accounts for more than one-quarter of the large-shrimp sector. 

Key issues include ensuring proper site selection and spatial planning to effectively manage disease risk and public water quality, and protection of sensitive habitats and ecosystems. There are also important considerations regarding marine feed ingredient sourcing and ensuring continued opportunities for small-scale producers.

Activity & Workplan

For 2020-2021, SFP has advised the Asian Farmed Shrimp SR participants of the following improvement needs:

  • Adoption of zonal approaches to aquaculture management at the national and regional levels. This includes working with all stakeholders, from local shrimp clubs and cooperatives to government ministries, to promote effective planning and coordinated management of environmental and disease risks at the landscape level.
  • Improved data collection and transparency to enable the development of FishSource assessments for relevant provinces.
  • Development of good aquaculture planning guidelines and delivery of carrying-capacity tools.
  • Establishment of pre-competitive AIPs in provinces that are significant sourcing locations. 

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Join This Roundtable

To join this Supply Chain Roundtable or for more information, please contact Elena Piana or call SFP at 1-808-726-2582.