06 Aug '12, 12pm

Shrimp Farms’ Tainted Legacy Is Target of Certification Drive

Shrimp Farms’ Tainted Legacy Is Target of Certification Drive As shrimp aquaculture has boomed globally to keep pace with surging demand, the environmental toll on mangroves and other coastal ecosystems has been severe. Now, conservation groups and some shrimp farmers are creating a certification scheme designed to clean up the industry and reward sustainable producers. by marc gunther Carlos Perez, a well-to-do businessman, has been farming shrimp in Ecuador since 1979. He has seen the industry boom: Ecuador exported about $1.2 billion worth of shrimp last year, and its shrimp farmers employ about 102,000 people. He has also watched as shrimp farms have played a major role in the destruction of two-thirds of the country’s mangrove swamps — rich ecosystems that serve as buffers against storms, store carbon, and support fish, birds, and small mammals. There’s got to be a be...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/shrimp_farms_tainted_legacy_...

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