The Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue will present its draft standards for sustainable shrimp farming at its next meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 9 to 10 March, the World Wildlife Fund announced on Thursday.
Draft shrimp standards are expected to be released for the first of two 60-day public comment periods a few weeks before the Jakarta meeting.
Feedback from the meeting will be used to ensure that the final standards adequately address the key negative environmental and social impacts associated with shrimp farming.
The dialogue’s 16-person Global Steering Committee will also incorporate what it has gathered during outreach meetings with small-scale shrimp producers, industry leaders and other stakeholders.
“Creating standards that address environmental, as well as social, impacts is challenging and complex,” said committee member Dr. Sian Morgan of FishWise. “To make it happen, the large and diverse group of people involved in the Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue must continue to listen and be innovative. That’s what we will do at the March meeting and until the day the standards are finalized.”
The Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue began in 2007.