Unethical Shrimp Farming Practices, Mangroves Destroyed

 

Dominican_republic_Los_Haitises_mangrovesThe impact of unethically raised shrimp should be a major concern for governments of the world, but this issue seems to have slipped through the cracks. The vast majority of shrimp(upwards of 90%) purchased from super markets are raised on shrimp farms in  developing countries with little to no environmental regulations, and if there are regulations they are often overlooked. One of the most devastating consequences of shrimp farming is the rapid depletion of mangrove forests.

Mangrove forests are disappearing at an alarming rate; up to 70 percent of mangroves have disappeared in the last 40 years. Mangroves are the most effective ecosystem on the planet, providing nursery habitats for a wide range of fish species. In Florida alone, more than half the species of commercially caught seafood start their lives in mangrove forests. Mangrove forests play a crucial role in reversing climate change due to the fact that they store more carbon than any other known ecosystem. Deforestation of millions of acres of mangroves is causing devastating effects of our ecosystem as a direct result of the demand for shrimp.

Farm raised shrimp from Dairyland Shrimp is eco-friendly and sustainable. No deforestation of mangroves, we raise our shrimp in recirculating tanks indoors, and our shrimp are antibiotic and hormone free.

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