Ten Years of Aquaculture Improvement Projects Webinar Series
The Asian Farmed Shrimp Supply Chain Roundtable (SR) is an industry-led coalition that includes the leading North American and European importers of Asian farmed shrimp. The SR focuses on accelerating the adoption of a zonal management approach, to increase the sustainability of shrimp farming.
The current geographic focus of the SR is in the major producing regions of Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Members continue to explore how to address improvements in other countries, including China and India.
A zonal management approach reduces environmental impacts and disease risk, increasing the volume of shrimp produced responsibly, strengthening livelihoods, maintaining and protecting ecosystems, and ensuring respect for human and labor rights.
The SR is a key vehicle for driving change in major shrimp-producing countries. SR members advocate for policy and regulatory change through their supply chain networks, and initiate and support multi-stakeholder aquaculture improvement projects (AIPs) to advance zonal aquaculture management.
See a list of all SR members.
9 Active Asian Farmed Shrimp AIPs
10 Roundtable Participating Companies
12.2 % Farmed Shrimp Production Certified or in an AIP
Impact & Updates
The SR initiated discussions with Asian governments on reducing disease risks in light of the impact of COVID-19 on imports of disease-free broodstock.
Q4 2022 Update:
- The SR participants met in November 2022. The chairman, William Davies, opened with a discussion on the performance of the workplan so far and the need to decide on implementation of the remaining deliverables for the second semester. It was decided to transfer the social media presence from Twitter to LinkedIn. The group account can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/asian-farmed-shrimp-supply-chain-roundtable/
- The November meeting also included a preview on the findings of the work on shrimp farming and mangrove regeneration, as well as the capabilities of the satellite-based tool being co-developed with Longline Environment, which will facilitate the identification of opportunities for AIPs. The SR participants will have free access for a number of months to test the tool in their supply chains.
- In November and December, two more webinars on the impact and functionalities of aquaculture improvement projects (AIPs) were delivered via Zoom and made available on YouTube. Over the course of the three webinars, about 360 people registered and six different retailer representatives attended.
- The possibility of working with IDH on either the strengthening of existing AIPs or the initiation of new ones was explored.
- The participants will meet again at the end of January 2023 to discuss the future of this SR and the continuation of the workplan. Inquiries from interested participants are welcome at this time.
Farmed shrimp accounts for more than two-thirds of production in the large-shrimp sector (larger than 100 per pound). Currently, more than 660,000 tonnes of farmed shrimp are considered to be sustainable or improving, representing nearly 7 percent of large-shrimp sector volume.
Farmed shrimp is a major import product into North American and European markets. It is typically produced in tropical countries, the bulk of it in Asia. Target 75 can only be achieved by expanding improvement efforts to shrimp production in China, which produces almost 2.5 million tonnes of large farmed shrimp and accounts for more than one-quarter of the large-shrimp sector.
Key issues include ensuring proper site selection and spatial planning to effectively manage disease risk and public water quality, and protection of sensitive habitats and ecosystems. There are also important considerations regarding marine feed ingredient sourcing and ensuring continued opportunities for small-scale producers.
Activity & Workplan
For 2020-2021, SFP has advised the Asian Farmed Shrimp SR participants of the following improvement needs:
- Adoption of zonal approaches to aquaculture management at the national and regional levels. This includes working with all stakeholders, from local shrimp clubs and cooperatives to government ministries, to promote effective planning and coordinated management of environmental and disease risks at the landscape level.
- Improved data collection and transparency to enable the development of FishSource assessments for relevant provinces.
- Development of good aquaculture planning guidelines and delivery of carrying-capacity tools.
- Establishment of pre-competitive AIPs in provinces that are significant sourcing locations.
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