Destructive Effects of Mangrove Shrimp Farming
Have 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: mangroveactionproject.org
At the beginning of January, the Dairyland Shrimp team took a trip up to Toronto, Canada to connect with a new shrimp farm. After a long and snowy drive through Michigan, which included two detours because of I-94 and I-90 being shut down, we thankfully arrived in Toronto safe and sound Friday night at around 10:30 pm. Read more…
At Dairyland Shrimp we strive to produce a quality and environmentally sound product. Our shrimp have many benefits beyond their superior taste. They are locally grown and distributed and instead of having constant water flow like raceway systems (left photo) commonly utilized in the shrimp industry, we raise our shrimp in pools (right photo) that constantly recirculate the same water.