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Thousands join industrial shrimp aquaculture protest: WWF standards denounced as greenwash April 24,2012   |  Source: Press release from various NGOs

Hundreds of NGOs in Asia, Latin America, Africa,North America and Europe are protesting against WWF and its lack of concern for the environment and local peoples' livelihood in the interest of industry profits from shrimp farming.

The conversion of mangroves and coastal zones into ponds for shrimp cultivation for the export industry has caused severe environmental
destruction, depletion of coastal biodiversity and wild fisheries (due to fishmeal production) as well as shoreline erosion. It increases susceptibility to hurricanes and tsunamis and releases massive quantities of carbon, thus contributing to climate change. The large-scale use of fishmeal exacerbates all these problems.

Coastal populations in tropical countries are severely affected by the loss of livelihood, food security and protection from storms. Protests are often met with human rights abuses.

The WWF certification legitimises this situation by giving a “green stamp” to shrimp cultivation. Their certification standards, recently finalized, will be handed over to a certification company named the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).The standards have been developed by WWF and the aquaculture
industry through a process called the Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue led by a
General Steering

Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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