The coastal shrimp aquaculture production has grown consistently to cross 5 lakh tonnes, during the last couple of years, according to MPEDA (Marine Products Exports Development Authority) Chairman A Jayathilak. This was driven by the surge in the production of L. vannamei. "The growth has come from the production of L. vannamei. This is directly linked to the availability of pathogen-free breed-stock to the hatcheries," MPEDA chairman said, at the inaugural session of Aqua Aquaria India (AAI) 2017, pegged as the largest show in Asia on the aquaculture and ornamental fish culture sectors. Nalin Kumar Niranjan Kateel, Loksabha MP from Mangalore suggested that the AAI platforrm updating on latest aquaculture technolgies should be conducted in land-locked States too. The earlier editions of the biennial event was conducted in Chennai and Vijayawada. Also watch: In Mangalore AAI 2017, it was the first time the mega-event was hosted by a city on the Western coast. "It was the surge in aquaculture shrimp production that boosted the shrimp exports,' said Pramod Madhwaraj, Karnataka Fisheries Minister. "Over the last seven years from 2009-10, shrimp exports have reached new peaks both in quantity and value, he pointed out. Cultured shrimp contributes 80% in value of shrimp exports. In fact, cultured shrimp contributes 53% in value of the seafood exports. AAI-2017 features around 250 stalls to showcase various production and harvest technologies, machinery and accessories in export-roriented aquaculture and ornamental fisheries sectors. Nearly 3,000 delegates are envisaged to participate in the technical and commercial sessions.