Shrimp Grower's Association members have achieved certification against the
global science-based ASC Shrimp Standard as responsible and well-managed farms.
the Belize Shrimp Growers Association, Alvin Henderson, describes Belize as a
country of rich biodiversity with a stretch of mangrove belt along the coast
that acts as a natural filtration system.
towards ASC certification has helped to highlight areas of our operations where
we can make meaningful change with minimal financial resources. Sometimes all
that is really required is a change of perspective,” Mr Henderson explains.
“We’re using less water on our farm through improving the way we manage water
quality. And, by focusing on compliance, we uncovered that the water in
the receiving body is of even better quality since our mangrove buffer acts as
Ninnes, ASC’s CEO, said, “I congratulate the Belize Shrimp Growers Association
members on their ASC certification, they should be very proud of their
have undergone a transparent, open and demanding assessment process – and
through that have proven their responsible practices. The improvements they
have made will make a difference for the future environmental sustainability of
the region and to a community ethos of social responsibility.”
worked with WWF Mesoamerican Reef program officer for aquaculture, Mauricio
Mejia, to develop better management practices and reduce their environmental
dedication and collaboration of the shrimp farmers both in improving their farm
processes and meeting the social and community aspects of the standard have
made a big difference,” Mr Mejia said.
Shrimp Growers Association was provided with funding from the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH).