Information you should know about the shrimp season in Iran

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Shrimp is one of the valuable seafood commodities traded among nations, with a growing proportion of total supply coming from aquaculture. Iran is one of the emerging shrimp producers in Asia, which, in addition to meeting the needs of the domestic seafood market, exports its surplus shrimp to other foreign countries.

Iran’s shrimp market consists of 2 sub-sectoqrs:

  1. Marine shrimp
  2. Farmed shrimp

Marine shrimp

Iran’s fishing laws and regulations make it impossible to catch shrimp from natural reserves all year round. With the implementation of the general ban on fishing of all aquatic species (Sea ban program), better conditions are provided for the growth and reproduction and revival of aquatic species in natural habitats. Therefore, the fishing committee of the Iran fisheries organization sets shrimp season for coastal provinces based on environmental conditions, growth rates, distribution, and abundance of shrimp. Hence, licensed fishermen may only be able to harvest shrimp during open shrimp seasons.

The best situation to announce the beginning of the fishing season is when 70% of the shrimp population has reached 12 cm in marine habitat. This limited fishing usually begins in August and continues until September 15 if shrimp size and abundance are adequate for commercial harvest. Commercial shrimp fishing centers in Iran are Bushehr, Hormozgan and Khuzestan provinces.

The main catch of shrimp in Bushehr province is green tiger shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus), banana shrimp (Penaeus merguiensis) in Hormozgan province, and jinga shrimp (Metapenaeus affinis) in Khuzestan province.

According to the information provided by the Iran Aquatic Production and Trade Union, in 2021, the share of marine shrimp from the total shrimp produced (47,000 tons from aquaculture and fishing) is about 5000 tons, which are often consumed in the local markets of the fishing area. Therefore, most of the shrimp products that are sold in the seafood market in bulk are farmed shrimp, which have relatively higher quality than marine shrimp. With a deep look, the main problems of marine shrimp in Iran’s seafood market are supply time limit and low volume of production.

Farmed shrimp

Aquaculture is one of the most important parts of producing healthy food and creating food security in the world. The shrimp farming industry as one of the main foundations of Iran’s aquaculture started in the late 60s and has enjoyed remarkable development during the last three decades. The presence of coastal lands suitable for aquaculture in the south and north and the reasonable price of farmed shrimp in the world markets have led to an increase in the acceptance of Iranian farmers to develop shrimp farms.

In the past decade, the investments made in Iran’s farming, processing and packaging sub-sector made shrimp exports develop with a stable and significant trend. Also, the support and positive attitude of the national authorities to the development of aquaculture has provided a clear vision of the successful development of the shrimp industry.

The most important species of farmed shrimp in Iran is the Pacific whiteleg shrimp (Penaeus vannamei), which according to the geographical location, the farming season starts in late April and ends at the end of November. Due to suitable climatic conditions, Hormozgan and Sistan and Baluchistan provinces have the possibility of farming twice a year (April and August), while in Bushehr and Khuzestan provinces, the farming process is done in a single crop. Usually, the shrimp harvesting season starts from mid-august and continues until November, therefore, the shrimp farm’s idle season in Iran is considered between December and April. During the off-season of shrimp farms, there is a possibility of reducing the supply and increasing the price of shrimp, so it is recommended that the major buyers of Iran’s shrimp place their orders before the end of the harvest season.

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