We have partnered with Earthworm Foundation, an international non-profit undertaking social and environmental projects, to drive responsible shrimp projects in Ecuador. Here, we redefine the feed model and create capacity building initiatives to drive social change and best sustainability practices in the region.
Over 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. The project has taken a holistic approach, analysing everything from sourcing raw materials to the production and processing of shrimp. This includes raising awareness and training staff in global best practices that go beyond standard certification schemes.
Local communities are often not directly involved in the operations of shrimp farms, as workers require specific skills not usually found locally. The BioMar-Earthworm Foundation project will support educational programs aimed at upskilling local people to enable them to become qualified for shrimp farming employment. This way, local communities benefit from the expected expansion of the Ecuadorian shrimp segment.
''Shrimp farming can have a heavy environmental footprint and the expansion of any market requires us to consider the impact on people and the environment", Florie Hovine, Member Manager, Earthworm Foundation.
Shrimp is primarily considered a commodity and is often farmed and processed in bulk. Through this project there is an opportunity to create fully traceable, value-added products that consider both social and environmental impact parameters.
By partnering with a highly respected and knowledgeable organisation that specialises in social and environmental initiatives, like the Earthworm Foundation, there is an opportunity to work closely with Ecuadorian shrimp producers to support them by sharing improved environmental and social practices.
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.