Taiwan reports decapod iridescent virus
Thousands of shrimp and crayfish larvae were culled after hatcheries reported cases of the deadly Decapod iridescent virus.
More than ten shrimp and crayfish hatcheries across Taiwan have reported cases of Decapod iridescent virus 1 (DIV1) that is currently hitting shrimp production in the Guangdong province in China. The Council of Agriculture of Taiwan (COA) said that thousands of crustaceans are being culled after find infected crops, according to local news.
COA Deputy Minister, Huang Chin-cheng said that so far, infections have been seen in Hsinchu County, New Taipei City, Yilan County, Kaohsiung City and Yunlin County, and the farm owners had been ordered to cull all affected crops to stop the disease from spreading. Huang confirmed that approximately 1,207 kg of Australian crayfish and 201,000 larval shrimps were eradicated in Hsinchu, while 973 kg of shrimps in Yilan were also culled. He promised that the council would compensate shrimp farmers for their losses as well as strengthen aquaculture management in the country.