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It is widely known that global demand for shrimp is ever increasing, a fact which combined with the rapidly decreasing availability of wild populations, places extreme pressure on the global shrimp farming industry to increase supply of farmed shrimp.

Since the vast majority of farmed shrimp originates in countries of the “developing world”, where farming methods used are both outdated and substandard, while at the same time, oversight by the authorities is virtually non-existent, this pressure has catastrophic effects:

SYSTEMATIC DESTRUCTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Mangrove deforestation
  • Destruction of extensive farmland areas
  • Contamination of the aquifer and seas
  • Waste of natural resources

USE OF CRIMINALLY INAPPROPRIATE AQUACULTURE METHODS

  • Use of unsuitable waters for aquaculture, even raw sewage or other waste waters
  • Use of unsuitable feeds, like untreated byproducts of slaughterhouses and seafood processing plants
  • Systematic and unregulated use of banned chemicals (Malachite Green, Gentian Violet) and antibiotics (Chloramphenicol, Nitrofurans, Quinolones)

EXPLOITATION OF HUMAN LABOR

  • Inhumane working conditions
  • Employment of illegal immigrants
  • Employment of minors & small children