Unsustainable shrimp farming


Shrimp aquaculture requires large quantities of water. To raise one metric ton of shrimp takes between 50 million and 60 million litres of water, about half of it freshwater. This is a serious drain in many regions where freshwater is scarce.

Each kilogram of shrimp produced generates about 15,000 litres of effluent, with residues of toxic chemicals. This chemical stew is released untreated into the groundwater, contaminating the drinking water of local communities.

Broader Problems:
Inappropriate cash crop policy
Related Problems:
Threatened species of Natantia
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST