Intensive shrimp farming offers environment and economic benefits, WWF
Farmed shrimp harvesting. (Photo: Koji Yamamoto/FAO)
A new study conducted by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Vietnam and Thailand concluded that by producing more shrimp per hectare of land, farmers can increase production to meet growing demand for the species without increasing pressure on the region’s natural resources.
“Natural resources like land, water, wild fish and energy come with a price tag,” says Aaron McNevin, Ph.D., director of aquaculture for WWF’s Markets and Food program, and lead author of the study.
“By using them more efficiently, farmers can improve their environmental and economic performance at the same time,” he adds.
The study showed that, in most cases, intensive operations used land much more efficiently, yielding at least eight additional tons of shrimp on each hectare of land. They also reduced the costs of land use by more than 90 per cent per kilogram ...