May 6, (Monday) 7:30 “Farmed and Dangerous, A Deadly Shrimp Cocktail” -Quimper Grange – Port Townsend

May 6, (Monday) 7:30, Quimper Grange: “Farmed and Dangerous, A Deadly Shrimp Cocktail”

Shrimp aquaculture and its impacts will be the topic of Alfredo Quarto’s talk at Quimper Grange on May 6th at 7:30. Quarto is Co-founder and executive director of the Mangrove Action Project and has spent 35 years working on environmental and social justice issues for Greenpeace, the Freedom Fund, and Ancient Forest Chautauqua.

Here in the Northwest many are familiar with the debate over salmon net pens, yet often unaware of devastation caused by the shrimp aquaculture industry on tropical and sub tropical ecosystems or how it is displacing fishing communities. And few know that we take health risks ourselves when eat these shrimp that are often contaminated with pesticides, antibiotics and other harmful substances.

Shrimp is now the most popular seafood in the US. In just the past 10 years our consumption of shrimp has doubled. Industrial scale shrimp farms along the coasts of Asian, African and Latin American countries produce most of the shrimp Americans eat. Alfredo Quarto and the organization he co-founded, the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) have been engaged in reversing the degradation of mangrove forest ecosystems worldwide and promote the rights of local coastal peoples, including fishers and farmers, in the sustainable management of coastal ecosystems. Although he works with international organizations and communities, he also works at the “grassroots” level at home, where he land his family live on a small organic farm in Port Angeles, Washington.

Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona St. in Port Townsend. Doors open at 7pm. Program starts at 7:30. Suggested donation $5-!0

One Response

  1. The fact that industrial-scale shrimp aquaculture brings a myriad of problems to coastal communities, seafood consumers, and coastal ecological systems should not come as a big surprise. The Mangrove Action Project has been active since the early 90’s both identifying and working on the problems caused by the expansion of shrimp farming along the coasts of Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Once again the sustainable management and development of ocean resources by local communities (rather than by outside agencies and businesses) seems to be part of the solution to the problems of environmental and resource degradation. I’m going to try to attend this program.

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