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Some Ecological and Social Implications of Commercial Shrimp Farming in Asia



During the last decade, shrimp aquaculture has become a major sector of fish farming in terms of space occupied and of market value. Nonetheless, it makes only a very small contribution towards meeting human needs for food. Shrimp exports bring substantial foreign exchange to poor countries and may contribute to regional and national short-term economic growth. Shrimp farming also generates improved incomes for some producers and labourers. The long-term negative environmental and social implications of commercial shrimp farming for livelihoods of vulnerable groups in tropical coastal regions where shrimp aquaculture is developing, however, tend to be neglected by those promoting this industry.
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  • Pub. Date: 1 Mar 1996
    Pub. Place: Geneva
    ISSN: 1012-6511
    From: UNRISD