News from Intrafish on February 9th, after harvesting the highest production in 10 years, Honduras shrimp producers expect their production to be flat in 2021. Last year’s production was 104.6 million pounds, an increase of nearly 12%from the total output of 93.6 million pounds in 2019.
The data for 2020 is impressive, because this Central American country not only has to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, but also with the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes Eta and Iota. The hurricane left more than 150,000 people homeless in November.
There are more than a dozen registered shrimp exporters in Honduras. Grupo Granjas Marinas produced 45.6 million pounds of shrimp and is currently the largest producer, accounting for 45%of total production.
The Honduran shrimp farming industry consists of approximately 420 farms, covering an area of approximately 24,500 hectares. The industry provides approximately 150,000 direct and indirect jobs, of which more than half are women.