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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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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


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

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



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!!.


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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