FIRST MSC CERTIFICATION OF TROPICAL SHRIMP WORLDWIDE
Shrimp fishery takes place in the coastal waters and is the fourth largest source of exports in both Suriname and Guyana, and an important economic source of income. But this comes with a high cost as shrimp resources are generally fully or overexploited, and destructive fishing practices and excessive bycatch threaten marine turtles, Guiana dolphins, sharks and rays. WWF-Guianas, together with government and business, supported the Suriname Atlantic seabob shrimp fishery to become the first tropical shrimp fishery in the world to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification in 2011, for being a sustainable and well-managed fishery.
Products from this fishery may now bear the MSC ecolabel, identifying their origin from a sustainable source. MSC is the most reliable fisheries certification scheme worldwide. Besides the benefits for biodiversity, it helps the shrimp fisheries get a higher price for their sustainable products and prevent overexploiting of the shrimp stocks.