Sustainable shrimp gain for priority reef
Belize Aquaculture Ltd
In partnership with WWF, eight Belize shrimp farms in the priority Mesoamerican Reef set a global precedent by achieving Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification in a cluster that represents 90 per cent of the country´s shrimp production. This certification adds 10,000 tonnes of sustainably produced shrimp to the marketplace and reduces a key threat to the Mesoamerican Reef due to implementation of better management practices especially improved wastewater treatment, with huge reductions in releases of nitrogen and phosphorus. Three additional farms have since asked to join the cluster, which will bring the country to 99 per cent of shrimp production certified to ASC standards.