The Perils of Farmed Shrimp

In March 2009, the Mangrove Action Project launched its consumer awareness campaign to expose the environmental damage and human rights issues related to imported, farmed shrimp. Shrimp farming, which pollutes land and waterways, also poses the single greatest threat to mangrove forests worldwide. Mangroves are vital marine nurseries that support a great diversity of sea life and provide protection from coastal erosion and storm damage. Many native people rely on mangroves for food and resources, and the expansion of shrimp farms has resulted in hardship and displacement for already marginalized coastal communities.
Imported shrimp also raises concerns about food safety. In the US, the FDA inspects only around 1% of imported seafood, so the shrimp reaching consumers may be diseased or contaminated with antibiotics, chemicals, detergents, and filth.

Consumer’s Pledge:

The “Question Your Shrimp” petition is urging consumers to take the following pledge to greatly reduce their consumption of imported shrimp. It is time we as consumers realize that the price we pay for shrimp does not account for the true costs—to the environment and communities of this destructive industry. Read more about shrimp farming here  and about the environmental, social and health risks posed by imported shrimp at this website and please sign the consumer’s pledge here.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch: Retract the “Best Choice” Rating for ASC Selva Shrimp

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch
Mixed shrimp farming-mangrove forestry systems have been gaining the attention of seafood certification organizations and scientific research alike in recent years. One such scheme has come into use called Selva Shrimp®, developed by Blueyou Consulting Ltd. READ MORE

Rampal power plant: A project of deception and mass destruction

Thousands of people, young and old, women and men, are now preparing for more than 400 km 5 days long march from Dhaka, the capital city, to Digraj a place in Rampal, the extended Sundarbans area, in South west Bangladesh begins from 24 September 2013. Organised by the ‘National Committee to Protect Oil Gas Mineral Resources Port and Power’ READ MORE

Protect Mexican Mangroves Threatened By Development

The H. Congress of Mexico must not give in to pressure from the private sector to adapt to their interests the legal framework for the mangrove ecosystem. The Wildlife Act prohibits so far the change in land use in mangrove areas. This arrangement has been established with a broad academic and social support, to the rapid loss of mangroves that has led to a status of threatened species. Entrepreneurs pretexts that this provision has slowed the development and investment. Allow changing land use in mangrove development does not generate the high social and environmental cost of its destruction, not replaceable by the magnitude and complexity of its functions. READ MORE

Save Bimini Island from Destructive Development

Like all of the Bahamas, the islands of Bimini are intrinsically defined by the water that surrounds them. Not only has the water shaped and molded the islands themselves, but it has also defined the experience of those that visit these islands, as well as those that call the Bahamas their home. For everyone that loves little Bimini, their affection for its stunning blue water is at the base of their affinity for these precious ‘Islands in the Stream.’ READ MORE

Stop Plans to Construct a Cruise Ship or Ferry Docking Terminal off Bimini’s Western Shore

Bimini’s economic and ecological future depends upon keeping our waters clean, our reefs healthy, and our fisheries thriving. In order to preserve the tourism industry that has sustained these islands for decades, we insist that all current and future development proposals respect and protect the ecological integrity of Bimini and all of our surrounding ecosystems. READ MORE