Category Archives: Sustainable aquaculture

JT Shrimp Profile

Here’s some shrimp you don’t have to question!

JT Shrimp LLC

If you received a copy of our Children’s Art Calendar this year, then you may want to take a moment to thank the people that made it possible. We’d like to introduce you to Scott and Leslie Tysen, the owners of JT Shrimp farm in Wheatfield, Indiana. Now, you may be asking yourself, how could there be a shrimp farm in Indiana – don’t shrimp need to be in the ocean? Not anymore!

Thanks to a unique recirculating aquaculture technique, called the zero exchange aerobic heterotrophic system, the Tysens and their two children raise fresh saltwater shrimp in a barn on their land. This technique allows the shrimp to be raised without the use of antibiotics or chemicals, and provides a healthy source of fresh seafood to the middle of the country. Continue reading

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