Ecuadorean shrimp farmers are being warned to take measures to mitigate the effects of El Niño. The National Chamber of Aquaculture (CNA) said that more than 50% of Ecuadorean shrimp-producing sites are located in flood-prone areas in the provinces of Guayas, Santa Elena, Manabí, El Oro and Esmeraldas, estimating that around 110,000 hectares are at imminent risk.
El Niño will possibly arrive in the country on November 15, according to information from ERFÉN, the organization in charge of studying El Niño in Ecuador. CNA asked members of the shrimp sector to adopt measures to mitigate the impact of this climate event, according to the particularities of each site. The recommendations have previously been disseminated to shrimp farmers by CNA.