February 18, 2009

Overfishing Of Shrimp May Harm Ecosystem

Shrimp, a vital foundation of income for many developing countries, are becoming more susceptible to overfishing, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced on Tuesday.

Overfishing of shrimp can then corrupt ecologically significant seagrass beds and coastal regions, the UN agency wrote in the report, "The Global Study of Shrimp Fisheries."

Shrimp is one of the most principal kinds of fishery product for many countries, creating total revenues of 10 billion dollars or 16 percent of the worldwide fishery market yearly, the report noted.

"For millions of poor vulnerable households, shrimp fishing is an important source of cash and employment," said Jeremy Turner, head of the FAO's fishing technology service.

Shrimp's financial significance should be resigned, nevertheless, to the worries about the environmental results of shrimp fishing, the report stated.

Turner cautioned against "overfishing, capture of juveniles of ecologically important and economically valuable species, coastal habitat degradation, illegal trawling, the destruction of seagrass beds and conflicts between artisanal and industrial fisheries."

The FAO report promoted a "precautionary and ecosystem approach," including that: "Shrimp fishing, including shrimp trawling, is certainly manageable."

The study spoke about shrimp fishing in 10 countries: Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Madagascar, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.


Image Caption: Double-rigged shrimp trawler hauling in the nets. NOAA


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