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Environmental Scenario in India by Debashis Chakraborty, Sacchidananda Mukherjee

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2  Economics of sustainable shrimp aquaculture in India

Ramachandra Bhatta

Introduction

Shrimp aquaculture in India has evolved from a mere subsistence industry in the 1980s to one of the world's leading producers of cultured shrimp by the mid1990s. In 2003, India was world's second-largest producer of cultured shrimp at 115,320 tonne with 152,000 ha under shrimp culture (MPEDA 2004a). Experts believe that the industry is still in its infancy, occupying only 15 per cent of India's total coastal area identified as suitable for land-based aquaculture. Yet, Indian aquaculture has already emerged as one of the largest export-earning sectors, with total shrimp exports reaching 134,815 tonne in 2003 valued at Rs.4,608 million out of which 82 per cent ...

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