Sustainable Logging of Mangroves: An Oxymoron or a Solution?

Sustainable Logging of Mangroves: An Oxymoron or a Solution?

Most of the work of the Mangrove Action Project is focused on conservation and rehabilitation of mangroves. It seems antithetical that logging and timber operations could possibly pose a sustainable solution to mangrove degradation. Environmentally-minded citizens have probably heard that deforestation contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions; estimates range from 12%  to 30%, with recent estimate close to 15% to 20%. Mangrove deforestation has contributed to coastal degradation and loss of a variety of ecosystem services that are important not only to the environment but to the livelihoods of local inhabitants. Mangrove forests have also been identified as tremendous carbon sinks; deforestation activities release this sequestered carbon to the atmosphere. How then might logging actually improve the fate of mangrove forests? Continue reading

Seafood Watch grants a questionable “Best Choice” rating to Selva Shrimp®

Seafood Watch grants a questionable “Best Choice” rating to Selva Shrimp®

Consumers in the global North have been calling for seafood certifications so that they might be able to make conscious decisions about the food they eat, where it comes from, how it is produced, and the impact of production on people and the environment. Although seafood at the supermarket may proudly display labels from the Monterey Bay Aquarium or the Marine Stewardship Council, certifying something, most consumers do not know what that certification really means. Worse still, that certification scheme, that label, may not reflect what consumers are after: seafood that is produced with minimal impact on the environment; that supports workers and their livelihoods; and that is safe and wholesome to eat. Continue reading

SNV REDD+ program targets mangrove rehabilitation in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam

SNV REDD+ program targets mangrove rehabilitation in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam

A new program designed to rehabilitate and reforest mangroves in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam has been launched by SNV, an international non-profit focused on sustainable development. The program, called Mangroves and Markets, is a REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation “plus” conservation) initiative. REDD+, as defined by Conservation International, is “a suite of policies, institutional reforms and programs that provide monetary incentives for developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sustain economic growth by halting or preventing the destruction of their forests.” Continue reading

Walmart shrimp supplier faces accusations of human rights violations

Walmart shrimp supplier faces accusations of human rights violations

A Walmart shrimp supplier, Narong Seafood, has come under fire in recent days, accused of violations of both Thai law and international human rights standards. A briefing paper released on June 6th by Warehouse Workers United (WWU) and the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) outlines and documents serious worker abuse in a shrimp processing factory in Samutsakron, Thailand. The brief – “The Walmart Effect: Child and Worker Rights Violations at Narong Seafood” – highlights the frustrating fact that despite reform initiatives such as the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification inhumane conditions and workers’ rights violations continue to plague the industry. Continue reading

Love Eating Prawns? Think Twice Before Biting Into One!

Love eating prawns? You’ll go right off them after we tell you what THEY are fed on

  • ‘I’ll never eat a king prawn again’ says Wickens after seeing Thai prawn trade
  • The environment is left devastated and polluted by unscrupulous trawlers
  • Trafficked labourers from Burma and Cambodia work in appalling conditions

By JIM WICKENS

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Anti-Shrimp Farm Music Video from Ecuador

A great, lively musical video by Accion Ecologica from Ecuador against shrimp farming!

In Spanish: : Les comparto una vídeo canción producida por Ecologistas en Acción. Interesante, apoyemos su masiva difusión!!.

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What is Sustainable Seafood? – One Prawn Left

A new video by Chris Cook on mangrove loss and shrimp farming, made by the Pullman Focus Film School:

Grinding Nemo

The High Costs of Fish Meal Is Not Reflected In the Price of Farmed Fish or Shrimp!

From Swedish Society for Nature Conservation:
“… farming species that depend on wild fish based feed such as salmon and shrimps can never be part of the solution to the fisheries crisis or to food security, says Mikael Karlsson….”

Check out this new video from the Ecologist: Grinding Nemo- Why tropical prawns should be blacklisted

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http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1596322/blood_fish_why_prawns_should_be_blacklisted_from_all_our_shopping_baskets.html

Hidden Cost of Cheap Shrimp

Hidden Cost of Cheap Shrimp

Please check out this revealing video on the continuing health risks posed by imported farmed shrimp! The following video, Hidden Costs of Cheap Shrimp is a must see for chefs and retailers who sell imported shrimp to unsuspecting customers who then must face the consequences of health risks involved in consuming these potentially tainted shrimp.

http://www.internationalreporting.org/shrimp/2010/10/27/health/