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The tropical sun glistens on the majestically-striped black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon), cultivated at low densities with a low climate footprint by small holder farmers in Bangladesh. On the way to markets, however, the high value of this desirable product is diminished, greatly reducing financial returns to farmers. This project, funded by World Bank Group and conducted with the Global Seafood Alliance, aims to preserve the value of the shrimp and ensure higher returns to the farmers who have grown them with great care and pride.
Shrimp farmers in Bangladesh are part of the largest sector of production in the country – an agricultural sector that employs more than 40% of the country’s workforce. While Bangladesh is a rapidly growing economy, 28.3% of its population was below the poverty line in 2020 (earning less than $3.20 per day).
This project aims to break the cycle of poverty for farmers of the black tiger shrimp near Cox’s Bazar. Middlemen are aggregating harvests, neglecting quality, and greatly diminishing financial returns to farmers. By organizing individual farms into clusters that can sell directly to processors with rigorous product quality standards and traceability, the social and environmental benefits of this prized product can be assured.
How do we responsibly increase aquacultured seafood production? It is a question that requires a tailored and comprehensive suite of recommendations, especially on a national level. Through the application of computer modeling and marine spatial planning, a TCRS-led group of experts is advising the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) as they seek to grow their sustainable marine aquaculture sector. Funded by the World Bank Group, the project evaluates marine and coastal management and the cost of degradation.
KSA has two distinct coastlines: 1,760 km to the west along the Red Sea and 570 km to the east in the Arabian Gulf. The marine and coastal environment in the Kingdom is endowed with rich biodiversity encompassing 1,280 fish species, 44 shark species, 317 coral species, 113 avifauna species, and more than 2,000 mollusk species. Major ecosystems include marine islands, seagrass beds, mangroves, coral reefs, algal beds, mud flats, salt marshes, and wadis.
Over the past decades, increased pressures on the environment and natural resources have led to significant environmental degradation. KSA is cognizant of both the richness and fragility of its natural capital. The goal is to protect the biodiversity of the Kingdom’s fragile ecosystems, while sustaining the contributions they make to human well-being.