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Dec 03

Final Public comment period for the Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue draft standard

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01 December, 2010 -

The World Wildlife Fund-organized Shrimp Dialogue kicked off its last public  comment period on Wednesday. Feedback received during the 60-day period will be  used by the dialogue’s global steering committee to finalize its global farmed-shrimp  standards in the first half of 2011.

“It is very important that the entire shrimp industry, including retailers, farmers and scientists, continue to be involved with the development of the standards for responsible shrimp aquaculture so that they can be the most credible ones in the marketplace, and I strongly encourage all industry players to submit their comments,” said committee member Dominique Gautier.

Final Comment Period for Shrimp Standards

The last public comment period for providing feedback on the draft standard for shrimp aquaculture developed by the Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue began December 1, 2010 and will end February 1, 2011. Input received will be used by the Dialogue’s Global Steering Committee (GSC) to finalize the standards during the first half of 2011.

Please send your feedback to shrimp Dialogue coordinator Corey Peet at coreypeet@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. EST February 1, 2011. Include your name and the organization/business you represent.

The final standards will help minimize the potential negative environmental and social impacts associated with shrimp aquaculture. Impacts from the industry include water pollution, disease outbreaks, clearing of mangrove forests and disruptions of community livelihoods.

The standards-development process is coordinated by WWF. It began in 2007 and has included more than 400 producers, conservationists, government officials, academics and other shrimp farming stakeholders. Six open Dialogue meetings have been held – in Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America and South America – and the GSC has met eight times to develop and revise the draft standards document based on feedback received. Also, the GSC has convened outreach meetings with small-scale shrimp farmers in India, Vietnam and Thailand; large-scale producers in East Africa; people who live near shrimp farms in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Brazil; government agencies that provide assistance to shrimp farmers; and shrimp buyers from Europe.

General tips for submitting comments

  • Group your comments together (e.g., general comments, comments for issue 1, comments for issue 2).
  • Ensure that you fully understand each standard so that your comments are relevant.
  • Your comments can be negative or positive but they must be constructive, clear and propose a solution to the issue raised.
  • Keep your comments targeted to the standards.
  • If you comment on a particular word, phrase or sentence, provide the page number and/or section number for that item.
  • Provide references to relevant documents you know of that support your comments.
  • Note: Commenting on the standards does not denote endorsement of the standards.

Download

- Draft standard document

- Appendix IV: White Paper on Presence and Impact of Exotic and Domesticated farms shrimp in the Wild.

- Appendix IV: Environmental and Social Issues associated with genetically modified ingredients in shrimp aquaclture feed.

- Appendix VII: Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue Process Document.

More info on http://www.worldwildlife.org/what/globalmarkets/aquaculture/dialogues-shrimp.html

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