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Day of the Mangrove protests shrimp industry

Feature story | 23 July, 2003 at 0:00

Shrimp. So small and tasty, how much damage could they possibly cause? If the shrimp you eat grew in ponds carved from mangrove areas, the answer is: acres and acres of it.

Philippines spill witnessed first hand

Feature story | 21 August, 2006 at 0:00

It took Rodolfo Galuna only 15 days to build the small wooden boat he named "Rona". But now the 52-year-old fisherman has no use for it. Black, stinking oil sludge covers the boat’s hull, has crept into Galuna's back yard and quietly destroyed...

Aerial view of dammed shrimp ponds

Image | 24 April, 1999 at 1:00

Aerial view of dammed shrimp ponds, with intact mangroves visible at the bottom. Previously a luxury item only consumed in some periods of the year, shrimp is now turning into an everyday product.

Fine nets are used to drag the sea

Image | 1 August, 1998 at 1:00

Fine nets are used to drag the sea, catching tiny larvae to sell to shrimp farms.

This magnificent frigate bird relies on the

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

This magnificent frigate bird relies on the mangrove forest for food and shelter.

Greenpeace

Image | 26 July, 1998 at 1:00

Greenpeace, Fundecol, and locals replant mangroves that had been cut for shrimp farming. The disappearance of mangrove areas means not only loss of biodiversity, but also loss of access for coastal communities that rely on mangroves for income.

Scars in the mangrove cut for new shrimp

Image | 1 August, 1998 at 1:00

Scars in the mangrove cut for new shrimp farm pools.

Digging up mangrove forest to build new shrimp

Image | 24 April, 1999 at 1:00

Digging up mangrove forest to build new shrimp ponds. To grow as many shrimp as possible and maintain overcrowded populations, large amounts of artificial feed and chemicals are added to the pools.

The path to a new shrimp farm is first cut

Image | 1 August, 1998 at 1:00

The path to a new shrimp farm is first cut by chainsaw, then opened for bulldozers. Ecuador is the 6th largest farmed shrimp producer.

Outflow pipes leading to shrimp ponds

Image | 24 August, 1998 at 1:00

Outflow pipes leading to shrimp ponds. Shrimp farms are often abandoned after only three to five years, leaving the once-fertile coastal ecosystem a wasteland.

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