What do you know about sustainable shrimp?

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “sustainable”?

Lasting, stable and eternal, right? But what does sustainability mean in the food industry? Join us to find the answer to this question.

Why is sustainability important in the food industry?

The world’s population is growing. It is predicted that the world population of 7 billion will reach 9 billion in 2050. That’s a lot of people, isn’t it?

Providing food for this large population is always one of the most basic concerns of human societies; but today’s conscious and concerned person is thinking about issues beyond hunger relief. Keeping the environment and leaving a healthy land for future generations has become more important than ever.

Those who work in the food industry today have no choice but to keep up with new ideas and to solve and alleviate people’s concerns. The slogan “I care about your health” is no longer enough! A product that wants to be chosen by people should make the consumer feel that “don’t worry, I care about your health, the preservation of the environment and the safety of future generations”. Such a product will easily find its place in people’s food basket.

Sustainability in the food industry means that the supply of food resources should be managed in a way that it causes the least damage to the environment and preserves these resources for future generations. The aquaculture industry, which provides a large percentage of the protein needed by people, should put the concept of sustainability on its agenda in all areas as soon as possible. We need more production to support the world’s huge population, but on the other hand, we don’t want to destroy the Earth, do we?

The components of sustainable shrimp production

Shrimp farming, as one of the strongest and fastest-growing fields of the aquaculture industry, is trying to achieve sustainable production in all parts of the world.

It means that shrimp farming should be done in such a way that enough shrimp remain for the continuation of reproduction and protect the environment during the production process and afterwards.

If we want to speak more clearly, we should say that there are several components that represent sustainable production. These components are:

1- Ensuring the continuation of the growth rate

2- No damage to the environment

3- No production of waste in the production process

4- Disease control to avoid economic losses

5- No exploitation of the workforce

Strategies to achieve sustainable shrimp

Various methods are currently being used to achieve the goal of “sustainable shrimp production”.

These methods include:

– New technologies such as water purification systems, automatic temperature control systems, and smart systems to reduce energy waste.

– Using controllable environments away from the sea

– Using natural foods such as algae

– Using water recycling systems

Obviously, these methods will change with the increase of knowledge in this field and we will see more efficient technologies every day.

Organizations and certifications related to sustainable shrimp production

How do we know that shrimp has been produced in a sustainable way?

We talked about the importance of sustainable shrimp production and explained the indicators and ways to achieve it. But how does the consumer know whether the product is sustainably produced or not?

The Aquaculture Council Monitoring Organization (ASC) is an organization focused on the European Union; it is one of the international organizations in aquaculture. This organization certifies shrimp producers who meet relevant standards for sustainable production so that consumers can choose sustainable and responsible products.

The standards of this organization are:

– Ensuring the continuity of biodiversity

– Minimizing the impact on natural resources

– Improving environmental performance

– Implementation of social standards and human resources

– Optimization and management of water consumption

The Sustainable Shrimp Partnership (SSP) is another organization established by Ecuadorian shrimp companies to ensure that shrimp are sustainably produced with minimal damage to the environment. This organization also issues a valid certificate to companies that produce sustainably and according to the standards of this organization, which can be seen as a label on the packaging of the products and helps the buyers to choose a better product.

This organization, in partnership with technology company IBM, has developed software that allows consumers to track products. By scanning the code on the product packaging, the consumer can see information about the product throughout the production chain in just a few seconds. This software is a good and helpful tool to learn about the safety and sustainability of shrimp products.

It is hoped that in the near future, all shrimp producers will produce in the healthiest and most sustainable way to leave a green and vibrant earth for future generations.

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