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Preparation of this document

This document was prepared in response to requests from Member Governments for advice on the impacts from the introduction of economically important alien penaeid shrimps to Asia. The review was conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the World Bank (WB) Consortium Programme on Shrimp Farming and the Environment.

The review was originally published as an FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO/RAP) publication (RAPA Publication 2004/10 - Introductions and movement of Penaeus vannamei and Penaeus stylirostris in Asia and the Pacific) in 2004. After considering the importance of distributing the publication to a wider audience, particularly for Chinese and Spanish-speakers, it is now published in Chinese, English and Spanish as this FAO Fisheries Technical Paper.

This document was made possible by the national contributed by a number of country correspondents, several of whom have preferred to remain anonymous due to the often sensitive nature of this subject. Additional valuable comments and suggestions were made by many colleagues.

The authors would therefore like to thank the country correspondents from India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam as well as the following individual experts: Chen Aiping, Fred Yap, Dato Mohammad Shariff, N. Gopinath, Ng Chee Kiat and Ben Ponia. The authors would also like to thank Shunji Sugiyama for his assistance with the statistics presented.

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