20 Sep '12, 4am

Blood fish: why prawns should be blacklisted from your shopping basket

Evidence had emerged of the vast destruction of ecologically important mangrove forests, chopped down to make way for prawn farms, leaving coastal communities increasingly vulnerable to rising sea levels and tsunami. Shrimp cultivation ponds were also blamed for poisoning the water supplies of local people with harmful pesticides and antibiotics, and polluting agricultural land with salt water and waste. The arrival of industrial prawn farms – frequently producing fish for export markets – was also accompanied by violence and intimidation. Local people who protested against the building of prawn ponds in their backyards often found themselves targeted by hired thugs working on behalf of the shrimp industry. Researchers uncovered a catalogue of human rights abuses connected to the prawn gold rush, including violent attacks, rape, arson and even murder. I reported on a parti...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1596322/bl...

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