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. 

Sector Snapshot

7 Asian Farmed Shrimp AIPs

13 Roundtable Participating Companies

7.3 % Asian Farmed Shrimp Production Certified or in an AIP

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. 

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. 

Q3 2021 Update:

  • The SR has just completed a consultation phase to establish the SR workplan for 2022, based on the collected needs and aspirations of each member to build a common understanding and goals for the group. Check back here for more information on the 2022 workplan, once it is launched.
  • The SR is working with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium to analyze how data collection for audits and reports can be streamlined and shared across stakeholders, to minimize duplication and make certification and sector assessments more easily available to individual farms and farmer groups. This collaboration also includes a piloting of the ASC Improver Programme, to increase understanding and tools to effectively deliver aquaculture improvement projects. This project was funded by ISEAL and will end in 2022. The results of the data mapping exercise are available on the ISEAL website.
  • The SR ran a well-received webinar to raise awareness about the role and structure of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) methodologies in assessing seafood sustainability, and more specifically sustainability of shrimp supply chains. Dr. Richard Newton of Stirling University presented the current knowledge and provided a comparison of LCA results for different seafood species and feed ingredients. Dr. Newton demonstrated that marine ingredients derived from well-managed fisheries are more sustainable than feed ingredients derived from land-based vegetable proteins.

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. 

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.