Belizean Shrimp Farms Reducing Adverse Environmental Impacts

vlcsnap-2014-07-04-21h42m38s33vlcsnap-2014-07-04-21h43m04s65Eight shrimp farms, members of the Belize Shrimp Growers’ Association, are preparing for Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) assessment in Belize later this year.

The Belize Shrimp Growers Association has been working with WWF Mesoamerican Reef program to get their farms ASC certified. This is all aimed at developing better management practices and reducing adverse environmental impact.

According to World Fishing and Aquaculture site, “Through ASC certification, shrimp farms aim to measurably reduce adverse impacts on the environment and local communities by preserving wetlands and mangroves; addressing the transfer of viruses and reducing disease; bringing cleaner water and ensuring the sustainable use of water; ensuring the responsible use of feed; and addressing biodiversity issues.”

The ASC assessment is a part of the Compete Caribbean program.

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