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Sep 6, 2019

“The world’s most ethical and sustainable shrimp comes from Belize”

The Inter-American Development Bank has hailed Belize’s shrimp as the most ethical and sustainable. According to the I.D.B., Belize has taken the lead in producing socially and environmentally responsible shrimp. Over the years, shrimp companies created a high-quality industry that catered mainly to the export market. Belize’s main client was neighbouring Mexico, which buys shrimp at one of the best prices internationally. The Belize Shrimp Growers Association – an organization that includes the majority of shrimp farms in Belize – had the vision of becoming an industry leader and producing the best shrimp in the world. According to Chairman, Alvin Henderson, to achieve this goal, they requested technical support from Compete Caribbean, a programme that supports private sector development and innovation in the Caribbean.

 

Alvin Henderson, Chairman of the Belize Shrimp Growers Association

Alvin Henderson

“From my experience with the cluster initiative it’s been a key element in reinforcing some of the innovations that we have had in our industry and I think that is really important. In fact, what we have seen from innovation in terms of accessing these differentiated market that what was termed the aqua culture, or what is termed the aqua culture certification council standard. Seeing our industry reach that standard with the aid of Complete Caribbean, that for us was a very big intervention that Complete Caribbean did with us and it allows us to be able to establish ourselves in a very firm way in these markets that were, until then, more  complex for us to gain access to.”


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