The Shrimp Welfare Project signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ThinkAqua, a global aquaculture non-profit that supports small-holder farmers in developing countries. The MoU will favor improvements in shrimp farming that will increase welfare along the supply chain.
The work will cover all aspects of farming, from hatchery to harvest, and includes actions to improve water quality, reduce disease incidence and minimize stress during handling and harvesting. The initial partnership will be focused on farmers and processors in Indonesia, and further collaboration will be explored in India and Vietnam, where the Shrimp Welfare Project’s team is already working.
“We are excited to be collaborating with Shrimp Welfare Project in Indonesia. Together with industry partners, we will take a pragmatic approach to address fundamental good practices in aquaculture that can support improvements in welfare while also improving environmental and economic outcomes for farmers,” said Anton Immink from ThinkAqua.
“We are extremely grateful to ThinkAqua for inviting us to participate in this pioneering project. We are convinced that consumers are increasingly interested in the ethical implications of their food choices including environmental, social, and animal welfare issues,” said Andrés Jiménez Zorrilla, from Shrimp Welfare Project.