With Ecuador's shrimp processing plants running at between 40 and 45 percent of capacity, the industry is facing dire consequences from the ongoing coronavirus crisis, according to Jose Antonio Camposano, president of Ecuador's National Chamber of Aquaculture.

Camposano sent a letter to tax authorities urging them to allow shrimp producers to defer payments of income and value-added taxes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which is taking its toll on farmers' markets, staffing and access to capital.