Environment & Sustainability

Sustaining Shrimp Production in Andhra Pradesh

Article - July 6, 2020

Resonance has released a report that provides recommendations to improve the sustainability of the whiteleg shrimp supply chain in Andhra Pradesh, India.  

India is the world’s fourth largest producer of farmed shrimp, and the state of Andhra Pradesh accounts for the majority of the country’s shrimp production. However, some farming practices in Andhra Pradesh may threaten the long term sustainability and livelihoods of millions in the region. 

Resonance report identifies opportunities to improve sustainability of whiteleg shrimp production in India 

The research, done in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program and Tucker Consulting Services, found that the sustainability of shrimp production and supply chains in Andhra Pradesh can be improved by leveraging partnerships that engage socially-prominent input dealers, increasing access to objective technical supportstrengthening testing for antibiotics, and differentiating Indian shrimp on the basis of its sustainability. 

“To be successful, aquaculture improvement initiatives need to be informed by and designed around the local political, social and economic dynamics and structures that influence supply chains and sector governance” said Tim Moore, Senior Associate at Resonance. “We’re excited to help implement the Partnership Assurance Model with Seafood Watch and our local partners in Andhra Pradesh, a region with significant opportunity to create a healthier, more sustainable shrimp supply while improving the economic and social well-being of a large number of small-scale farmers.” 

The team developed the recommendations to inform the implementation of the Partnership Assurance Model, which they designed in collaboration with partners in 2019 to improve the sustainability of seafood supply chains in regions around the world. The model provides a framework that brings together governments, farmers in a specific area, and buyers to co-design, implement, and verify improvements. It was originally tested in Vietnam, and in 2021 testing will continue in Andhra Pradesh based on the recommendations laid out in the team’s report.  

This research delves into the social dynamics and structures in India’s farmed shrimp industry,” said Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, Vice President of Global Ocean Initiatives at Seafood Watch. “It helps us understand local realities and ensure our work in the region brings value and creates a collaborative space for all actors along the supply chain.” 

The Partnership Assurance Model India report was reviewed by the Indian government, supply chain actors, and NGOs working on shrimp aquaculture in India. It was produced between February and June 2020, beginning with the announcement of the Partnership Assurance Model implementation in Andhra Pradesh during the India International Seafood Show in Kochi, India in February 2020.

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