Category Archives: Shrimp

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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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

Countering the Blue Revolution

Countering the Blue Revolution

By Alfredo Quarto, Mangrove Action Project

Introduction:

Today, there is a blue revolution in our midst, driven by immense profit potential, but resulting in furthering terrible environmental losses and human suffering. To counter this “revolution,” a worldwide movement is building against the production and sale of farmed shrimp. Though there are an array of would-be certifiers who claim their particular standard setting process addresses the multitude of problems created by the shrimp aquaculture industry, none of these really suffice in meeting their stated objectives, and so unsustainable shrimp farming continues to expand its destructive course. 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

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!!.