SFP announces aquaculture projects in partnership with Walmart
The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) announced a series of aquaculture improvement projects in Indonesia, China and Thailand. In partnership with the Walmart Foundation, SFP is helping tilapia and shrimp farmers in various countries receive training and knowledge on aquaculture.
The projects also aim to manage and improve water quality while reducing disease outbreaks. SFP’s plans include creating a zonal approach to form local management groups for greater sustainability in fish-farming.
“We look for opportunities to bring together projects that improve livelihoods and protect the environment; this grant helps us support the great work of SFP in achieving winning outcomes for the people in the aquaculture industry and the environment,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president, Walmart Foundation.
Aquaculture continues to assist in the increasing demand for seafood while ensuring fisheries remain sustainable and consistent. The Walmart Foundation grant allows SFP to scale up current efforts to reach more farming households through farm-level training.
“Small-scale aquaculture farming families in Asia provide the bulk of farmed fish and shrimp that ends up on our plates. Training them on improved production practices and the value of working together to improve the environment they are growing these fish and shrimp in is a win-win for everyone,” said Anton Immink, aquaculture director at SFP.
“The Walmart Foundation’s support for Aquaculture Improvement Projects encourages shared environmental management that reduces risks and increases benefits for all producers and gives smallholder farming families the chance to benefit from improved market access.”
By Michelle McNickle – seafoodsource.com