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Conservation International and xpertSea launch “climate smart shrimp” pilot in Ecuador

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A new programme that aims to help seafood buyers to support shrimp farmers, reduce carbon emissions and restore mangroves, has been launched by Conservation International and xpertSea today.

shrimp ponds along a coastline
Ecuador's shrimp farming sector is thought to have been responsible for 45 percent of Ecuador's lost mangrove forests since 1969

Aquaculture has been blamed for the loss of over 22,000 hectares of mangroves in Ecuador since 1969, raising concerns about the urgent need for habitat restoration. Despite new laws protecting mangroves, progress toward reforestation has been slow and farmers face limited access to capital for improvements, which makes it challenging to invest in regenerative systems.

Climate Smart Shrimp is Conservation International and xpertSea Responsible Shrimp’s response to these challenges. By joining this program, seafood buyers can direct their purchasing power to:

  • Unlock farmers’ access to financing for critical on-farm investments and the transition to climate smart production
  • Support the implementation of on-farm carbon improvements, lowering the industry's overall footprint
  • Catalyse direct investment in mangrove restoration efforts in Ecuador to enhance biodiversity, build climate resilience and protect critical habitats.

"Climate Smart Shrimp is an innovative approach that will catalyze measurable, sustainable change," said Dane Klinger, director of aquaculture at Conservation International, in a press release. "Our partnership with xpertSea enables seafood buyers to play an active role in mangrove restoration, carbon emission reduction and the promotion of responsible farming practices. This collaborative effort presents an exciting way to support both the environment and farmers."

xpertSea delivers rich verified data from the producer with Climate Smart Shrimp, including GDST (Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability) traceability and Scope 3 carbon emissions, enabling a powerful product narrative. Mangrove restoration is managed by Conservation International, ensuring the program fosters climate resilience and ecosystem benefits.

“This is an exciting moment for sustainable seafood,” said Katie Sokalsky, CEO of xpertSea. “This partnership with Conservation International offers seafood buyers a turn-key way to enable better farming practices, restore mangroves, and help feed the world in a responsible way. Now buyers can easily take action to create a more sustainable and resilient industry, and get verified data on their improvements to feel confident about making consumer-facing commitments."

Pilot opportunity

xpertSea is now inviting seafood buyers to contact to find out more about joining the Climate Smart Shrimp Ecuador pilot, which they say is “a robust solution that requires minimal effort from buyers to execute”.

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