The Devastating Effects of Shrimp

Shrimp fishing and shrimp farming are devastating the oceans. This brief report lists some of the surprising statistics related to this problem. For example, did you know that the ratio of discarded (wasted) fish to kept shrimp in a typical catch is often as high as ten to one? And what happens to all that discarded fish? It gets dumped, dead, back into the ocean. This is equivalent to clearcutting of forests, only it’s worse because it is happening in international waters and is totally unregulated. It’s the Tragedy of the Commons at work once again. It also turns out that shrimp farming is displacing huge numbers of local jobs, ruining local economies. This is worth knowing about — and maybe not eating much shrimp is a good idea too.

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