Category Archives: Shrimp consumption

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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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

I’ll take the shrimp stir-fry, but can you hold the slavery please?!

I’ll take the shrimp stir-fry, but can you hold the slavery please?!

Last week, the Guardian published a video and article that chronicles the slavery behind sourcing raw material for farmed shrimp feed. 6 months in the making, it explains the hardships endured by migrant workers that are sold to captains of Thai fishing boats. Once enslaved, they do not see land for months or years at a time. They fish for ‘trash’ fish, which are usually the by-catch of a different intended catch like tuna. This ‘trash’ fish is not marketable to global markets in developed countries so it is sent to processing plants to be converted into fish meal and/or fish oil for farming shrimp. Shrimp, by comparison, occupy a huge percentage of the world seafood trade. The U.S. consumes more shrimp than any other country in the world. Even more surprisingly, about 90 percent of the shrimp available in the U.S. is imported, and about half of that is unsustainably farmed (not wild-caught). 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


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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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.

Open Letter of Protest Against Shrimp Certification by WWF


April 24, 2012

Dear ShAD/GSC members,

After careful and considered reflection on the draft standards and the whole WWF-ShAD (Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue) process, we the undersigned Conscientious Objectors — NGOs working with local communities in the shrimp producer-nations and consumers in the shrimp-importing nations — have unanimously decided that we cannot support the ShAD General Steering Committee (ShAD/GSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s (ASC) intentions or actions towards establishing standards for shrimp aquaculture certification. Many others who have added their names and organizational affiliations to our list have also joined us in our protest.