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Don’t Stop Pushing for Higher Standards

Don’t Stop Pushing for Higher Standards

By Fiona McGregor

A recent article in TakePart asked whether shrimp can really be sustainable, but the perspective was largely from that of the consumer, the western, and the developed. What about the people whose livelihoods are lost because of shrimp farming? What about the impact on the environment? What about overconsumption?
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Oceana’s lawsuit about shrimp trawls

Oceana’s lawsuit about shrimp trawls violating the Endangered Species Act

By Naoto Miyachi

Oceana, an international conservation organization dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans and numerous endangered species in the ocean filed a lawsuit against the federal government to protect more than 53,000 sea turtles from shrimp trawl nets in April 2015. The organization accused the federal government of violating Endangered Species Act by failing to monitor fishing’s impacts on sea turtles and to set a limit the number of sea turtles can be killed. Oceana Assistant General Counsel Eric Bilsky said in the released statement “It is unacceptable for the federal government to allow this many endangered and threatened animals to die every year when viable solutions exist.” This blog will cover shrimp trawling and general information on bycatch in the United States.

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Sri Lanka’s Government Declares Protection for its Mangrove Lagoons

Sri Lanka’s Government Declares Protection for its Mangrove Lagoons

By Naoto  Miyacchi

Mangrove Forest Function

Mangrove forests have attracted considerable interest recently with the variety of potential benefits, such as carbon sequestration and providing food, fuel and fiber to local communities. Mangroves, which thrive in the mixture of sea and freshwater along coastlines, help maintain sea levels and hold back storm surges, forming a barrier to protect coastal area, as highlighted by the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka. Mangrove forests filter pollutants in runoff and preserve the purity of coastal waters, nurturing the surrounding environment. Mangrove lagoons are also home to a variety of species such as birds, fish and mammals – some of them highly endangered.

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7 Other Sea Creatures to “Question” before Eating

7 Other Sea Creatures to “Question” before Eating

We get pretty revved up around here about asking people to question their shrimp. Today we take a moment to expand our awareness of other seafood that merit the same pause for a variety of reasons. The Statesmen Journal posted an article that lists the top 8 seafood choices (imported shrimp is among them) that consumers should reconsider before eating.

The quick and dirty list is as follows, but I recommend checking out Victor Panichkul’s original article so you can learn how to ask the right questions to arrive at a better option. Once you’re armed with the ‘why’ you can be ready to adapt if the stock becomes restored or the sourcing methods evolve.

  1. Farmed Atlantic Salmon
  2. Imported Shrimp
  3. Imported Basa or Swai, often labeled “Catfish”
  4. Squid (Calamari), imported from India, Thailand, or China
  5. Imported Big Eye Tuna (commonly sold as Ahi)
  6. Atlantic Cod and Pacific Cod imported from Russia or Japan
  7. Blue Crab imported from China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam or the Phillipines
  8. Imported Crawfish

Global WA Guest Blog Post

Global WA Guest Blog Post

Check out our guest blog post for Global Washington: Contemporary Shrimp 101!

The terms “eat local” and “sustainability” have quickly taken root in American culture. Popular authors and films (think Michael Pollan and Food, Inc.) showcased these two themes to a wide audience, quickly ramping up fervor and action among society. While I cannot deny the effectiveness on illuminating the injustices and lack of traditional farming in the U.S. beef, poultry, and seed patent industries, there has been little explanation about how the seafood industry, especially shrimp production, has adapted to meet increasing demand at low cost.

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Internships Available in Seattle, Washington!

The Question Your Shrimp Campaign is taking on Interns for 2014!

Internships are available for students, recent grads, or retired persons interested in increasing consumer awareness about the implications of eating coastal farmed shrimp. The following internships are also available as volunteer positions if you’re short on time but still want to participate. Check them out!

Click on the above internship links to learn about each one and how to apply!

Imported Farmed Shrimp A Confirmed Health Risk

Imported Farmed Shrimp A Confirmed Health Risk

Five fish “you should never eat”

File shot of farm-raised shrimp from Vietnam (Associated Press )
Reported by: John Snell, Anchor Email: jsnell@fox8tv.net

Print Story Published: 11/15 11:03 pm — An article on the widely-read Yahoo! news website warns diners against eating imported shrimp.

Authors David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding write, “imported shrimp actually holds the designation of being the dirtiest of all seafood we looked at.”

Organic Tropical Prawns Are Not OK

Organic tropical prawns are not ok!

PRESS RELEASE 05-10-2011
Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC)

Mangrove deforestation, human rights violations and breaches of law are some of the findings in the report released today: “Murky Waters – the environmental and social impacts of shrimp farming in Bangladesh and in Ecuador.”

The extent of the impact of conventional shrimp farming in Bangladesh is staggering, but the fact that not even standards for organic production can guarantee a “better product”, and that the so called environmentally friendly choice is actually contributing to environmental degradation and loss of livelihoods in some of Ecuador’s poorest and most marginalised communities, is deeply disturbing.

Entering Into Murky Waters- New Video Release on Shrimp Farming Ills

Shrimp farming – an ecological and social disaster

See the film “Murky waters” at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPJpPEH3l7o
Filmen “I grumliga vatten” läggs inom kort upp på: http://www.naturskyddsforeningen.se/natur-och-miljo/hav-och-fiske/fiske-i-syd/rakodlingar-i-bangladesh/

In a new film and report, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) today reveals the extent of the destruction caused by the shrimp farming industry. Our increased consumption of tropical shrimp, also called prawns and sometimes scampi, can be traced to coastal regions in the tropic where ecosystem where the ecosystems have been devastated and people are living in miserable conditions, their human rights repeatedly violated. When an increased number of people choose tropical prawns in their curry, on their sushi or in their stir fry, it is causing increased environmental degradation and human suffering in producer countries, like Bangladesh.

MAP’s Ecological Mangrove Restoration is one of the ten winning solutions in the Savannah Ocean Exchange 2011

Ecological Mangrove Restoration is one of the ten winning solutions in the Savannah Ocean Exchange 2011

MAP was chosen as one of the ten finalists from among hundreds of submitted solutions that were sent to the Savannah Ocean Exchange’s premier international competition(see note below on Savannah Ocean Exchange) that took place from Sept. 7-9 in Savannah, Georgia. MAP’s executive director Alfredo Quarto represented MAP there at the competition, presenting on the benefits of restoring mangroves using the Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) approach being perfected by MAP’s chief technical advisor Robin Lewis working with MAP staff.