Brazilian shrimp producers are targeting 20 percent growth in 2023, aided by an explosion of small-scale producers in the northeast of the country.

Reaching that target would hoist production to 180,000 metric tons and allow new and current producers to capitalize on domestic demand, which surged during the global COVID-19 pandemic as consumers looked for variation in their diets.

Figures for 2022 are still being compiled, but Itamar Rocha, president of Brazilian shrimp producers trade body ABCC, said he expects production to come in at 150,000 metric tons once everything is counted.