Ecuadorian Environmental Awareness
Since a balanced ecosystem is the foundation for developing any sustainable activity, the shrimp industry strives to implement good farming practices in order to take care of the environment.
Therefore, the Ecuadorian National Chamber of Aquaculture, chamber that gathers the majority of producers and exporters of shrimp, signed an agreement with the Global Aquaculture Alliance. The agreement includes an environmental assessment, the promotion of good practices in shrimp farming, and an annual evaluation of the degree of implementation. Moreover, the National Chamber of Aquaculture also has reached an agreement with Fundacion Natura, an organization known as the main environmental NGO in Ecuador and that is in charge of the preservation of mangroves.
Finally, another example of environmental consciousness that characterizes the businesses engaged in farm raised shrimp is the reforestation of protected areas. It is currently an activity been done by the Ecuadorian Government and the shrimp industry in protected areas such as Churute Mangrove Ecological Reserve. This allows the resources that exist in the mangrove to regenerate and maintain its ecosystem.