A recent paper stating that farmed shrimp has a ‘jumbo’ carbon footprint is an overestimate, say WorldFish and partner researchers, largely because it fails to account for the greatly reduced competition between shrimp farms and mangrove forests as well as an increased recognition of the value of mangroves.
Woman showing prawns caught from her hatchery in Khulna, Bangladesh. Photo by M. Yousuf Tushar, 2014
A breakthrough aquafeed ingredient that greatly reduces the need for wild-harvest fishmeal has potential to boost the productivity of small-scale shrimp and fish farmers in developing countries.
Along with many lives in the 2004 tsunami countless livelihoods were also lost across all sectors. Particularly badly hit was the aquaculture industry which supported 50,000 jobs in Aceh, Indonesia alone.