Destructive Effects of Mangrove Shrimp Farming

Dominican_republic_Los_Haitises_mangrovesHave you ever thought about where your shrimp come from? Odds are, your shrimp are coming from a mangrove forest shrimp farm. Mangroves forests are complex ecosystem that can be found in tropical areas all around the world. These forests produce much of the world’s oxygen and store more carbon than all of the world’s rainforests. Mangroves are also where shrimp are born and spend the early stages of their life, along with 75% of all tropical fish. Mangroves are also home to many endangered species, including the Bengal tiger.

Unethical shrimp farmers like to take advantage of mangrove forests because they are naturally perfect environments for raising shrimp. Shrimp farms are created by clearing large areas in mangroves to create pools where they can raise the shrimp. These pools are overcrowded with shrimp living in terrible conditions. The waters are filled with antibiotics and pesticides and are so toxic that after three years the pools are abandoned. The farmers simply cut down more forests and begin the destructive process all over again.

Dairyland Shrimp’s mission is to provide healthy and ethically-raised shrimp through sustainable aquaculture farming. We do not use antibiotics or any other chemicals that are unhealthy to consumers nor do our practices have destructive impacts on the environment. To learn more about mangrove forest watch the video below or visit:


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