Mozambique’s Aquapesca company will continue to produce giant shrimp through aquaculture with the creation of genetically modified larvae immune to the white spot virus, said lab technician Sidónio Juda Chan.
In 2011, the French-owned company was forced to suspend shrimp production indefinitely after the virus almost completely wiped out the shrimp in the company’s aquaculture ponds in Inhassunge, in Zambézia province.
Judá Chan also told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias that in 2015 the company opened a clam production line at its laboratory in the port city of Nacala, Nampula province.
Aquapesca’s production has a guaranteed market, and the shrimp and oysters are exported to Europe, the clams to Japan and the tilapia fish is intended for domestic consumption. (macauhub/MZ)