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Taiwan's sergestid shrimp harvest hits decade high

Taiwan's sergestid shrimp harvest hits decade high

Taipei, July 26 (CNA) Taiwan's sergestid shrimp harvest has hit a 10-year high this year, and authorities have put in place a mechanism to control the harvest to prevent overfishing and oversupply, according to the Council of Agriculture. The major fishing period for sergestid shrimps is from November to the following May, and Taiwan had caught over 1,600 metric tons of the shrimp as of May, 200 metric tons more than a year earlier and the most in the past 10 years, the council said in a statement last week. The value of this year's sergestid shrimp harvest is expected to reach NT$460 million (US$15.25 million), the statement said. In order to prevent overfishing and achieve sustainability, however, the council said it has asked fishermen to cut the maximum daily harvest from 11 boxes -- a box is about 18 kilograms -- to nine. Sergestid shrimps are the small and nearly transparent shrimps that are a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine. They are fished commercially and used for food or shrimp paste. (By James Lee)


Updated : 2021-01-28 14:56 GMT+08:00