Why does shrimp farming have a bad reputation?
Unfortunately this is a common issue in farmed shrimp and can include harsh chemicals such as; cleaning agents, pesticides, antibiotics, fungicides, and can even contain pathogens such as E.coli and salmonella.
Particularly in developing nations, workers, even young children, are forced to clean shrimp in harsh, inhumane working conditions, with little to no pay.
Source: The Guardian
***Please note that the following article discusses aspects of human trafficking and is generally upsetting.***
For more information on human trafficking in the seafood industry, read here.
Severe Environmental Damage
Affecting tropical areas where shrimp are grown, the ground water is polluted by chemicals, antibiotics and salt. Ecologically sensitive habitats such as mangroves, a staple to coastal environments, have been cleared for shrimp ponds leaving a devastating effect on surrounding wildlife.
Source: Public Citizen
The spread of disease can bring serious consequences to the surrounding environment. Shrimp in farmed ponds can become ill with diseases or viruses and be eaten by other animals such as birds that can quickly spread the illness to surrounding ecosystems.
It is more common than consumers think. A recent report from Oceana found that nationwide vendors were misrepresenting their shrimp sold. Many farmed shrimps were being sold as wild shrimp without mentioning the use of antibiotics, fungicides and other harmful chemicals.
Importing from Unregulated Countries
95% of the shrimp we eat is imported predominantly from Asia and only 2% is inspected by regulatory agencies. This is an issue when it comes to sustainability and safety. Shrimp have the highest rate of contamination over any other imported seafood.
Source: Food Navigator
Isn’t it better to get it from the ocean?
Due to overfishing, shrimp populations worldwide are faced with this imminent issue. Fisheries are putting more pressure than ever before on wild shrimp resulting in the lowest levels ever recorded.
Source: Press Herald
The seagrass and coastal sea-beds are destroyed as illegal trawlers capture whatever happens to be in the way. The nets can trap marine vegetation as well as by-catch that include ecologically valuable species.
Shortened Life Cycles
The capture of juveniles that are not given a chance to reach maturity and reproduce to regenerate the population, ultimately results in a greater rate of declining stocks.
This causes other species in the food chain to be affected. Shrimp are a staple food source for other aquatic and marine species that depend on their populations for their survival, the more pressure the fisheries put on shrimp, the more pressure other organisms have as well.
KNOW YOUR FARMER, KNOW YOUR FOOD.
FRESH SHRIMP FROM NORTHERN ONTARIO.