Earthworm Foundation is partnering with BioMar to drive responsible shrimp projects in Ecuador. The foundation is an international non-profit undertaking social and environmental projects. This partnership will include deforestation- free aquafeeds and initiatives to drive social change and sustainability best practices in the region.
Firstly, Florie Hovine, Member Manager at Earthworm Foundation announced the partnership at the Global Seafood Expo in Barcelona. "Shrimp farming has a unique impact on the environment. There is an opportunity to work with Ecuadorian shrimp producers to support them by sharing improved environmental and social practices," said Hovine.
During the last year, BioMar and Earthworm Foundation have been assessing the Ecuadorian shrimp industry to build a framework for addressing the major issues in the industry. Thus, they analysed everything from sourcing raw materials to the production and processing of shrimp. Also, raising awareness and training staff in global best practices that go beyond standard certification schemes.
According to Biomar, shrimp farms do not often involve local communities . Workers require specific skills not usually found locally. This project will support educational programs aimed at upskilling local people.
So, Henrik Aarestrup, VP LATAM, Shrimp & Hatchery BioMar Group stated: "The expansion of any market requires us to consider the impact on people and the environment. By partnering, we are ensuring that the growth of Ecuadorian shrimp production is done in the right way."
Finally, he concluded: "Today's consumers are becoming more and more conscious about their seafood choices. They want to know where their seafood comes from and the impact it has had on the environment and local communities."