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October 20, 2013


Illegal Farms


Shrimp farmers around the Gulf of Fonseca are illegally exploiting thousands of hectares of previously inactive shrimp ponds, attempting to take advantage of the growing demand for shrimp from Mexican, where early mortality syndrome has crippled production.  The Mexican buyers will pay up to $0.50 more per kilo—about $2.90 for 12-gram animals—than local processors.


Victor Wilson, president of Andah, the aquaculture association of Honduras, said,   “It’s the authorities who must tackle this situation”.  They must simply enforce the law.


El Heraldo, a daily newspaper in Honduras, said it had had access to figures from an official investigation that showed that 3,000 hectares of shrimp ponds were already under the control of rogue farmers.


Also, in an attempt to expand their operation, there appears to be proof of collusion between the illicit exploitations and members of Andah.


Source: Undercurrent News [eight free news reads every month].  Editor, Tom Seaman (  Mexican Demand Sparks Unregulated Shrimp Farming in Honduras.  Victor Jimenez.  October 4, 2013.

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