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October 10, 2014


Seafood Watch—Ecuadorian Shrimp a Good Alternative


Because of its improved farming practices, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program has labeled Ecuadorian farmed shrimp as a “Good Alternative” for consumers.


This is the first time Ecuadorian shrimp has been on the Seafood Watch list, which ranks seafood as red (avoid), yellow (good alternative) or green (best choice).  The program is intended to help consumers and businesses choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that promote sustainable management practices.


In its listing Seafood Watch said, “Shrimp farming in Ecuador has improved over the past 50 years and is characterized by low-intensity farming.  Shrimp feeds in Ecuador are used sparingly and contain low levels of fishmeal and fish oil.  Overall, the environmental impacts are limited, making it a good alternative.”


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Seafood Watch Lists Ecuadorian Farmed Shrimp as "Good Alternative" on Improved Farming Practices.  Michael Ramsingh (phone 1-732-240-5330, email  October 10, 2014.

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