Shrimp Farming

  • Stuart E. Hamilton
Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 33)


This chapter examines commercial shrimp farming aquaculture systems in Ecuador and beyond. Section 2.1 identifies the remarkable growth in aquaculture and shrimp aquaculture production since the advent of commercial shrimp farming in about 1970 and expands on the role of international finance in driving this expansion. Section 2.2, describes the shrimp aquaculture process in Ecuador from the initial hatching to the final harvesting of shrimp. Section 2.3, describes the entire life cycle of P. vannamei in both the wild and in an aquaculture setting and Sect. 2.4 expands on this by discussing the importance of P. vannamei to the nearshore environment of Ecuador. Section 2.5 examines the human dimension of shrimp farm aquaculture in Ecuador with a focus on tractional fishing communities and Sect. 2.6 examines the legal framework of shrimp aquaculture, particularly those now resining in former mangrove forests.


Shrimp farming Shrimp aquaculture P. vannamei Whiteleg shrimp 


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  • Stuart E. Hamilton
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  1. 1.Department of Geography and GeoscienceSalisbury UniversitySalisburyUSA

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