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Shrimp Farm Causes Environmental Concerns

MALAYSIA - The Integrated Shrimp Aquaculture Park (iSHARP) will not affect the environment and wildlife.

According to The Star Online, the project has come under scrutiny by environmentalists and local residents.

In response, the company have conducted a detailed environmental impact assessment (EIA). One of the major concerns is the discharge of salt water - an essential component in breeding shrimps — into Sungai Caluk, the river adjacent to the project site.

The company will also allocate a buffer zone, above the legal requirement, to protect the riparian vegetation along the river. The vegetation is a primary food for terrapins.

On top of this, extensive public consultation and workshops have been conducted through non-governmental organisations and key stake holders. The company are working with the Environment Department to come up with an intensive environment monitoring programme for iSHARP.

iSHARP will allow the Malaysian shrimp industry to grow and help local shrimp farmers invest in their businesses.

the Fish Site Editor

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