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Source: The post is based on the article “Sustainable shrimp cultivation provides hope for mangrove restoration in Sundarbans” published in The Hindu on 3rd January 2023
What is the News?
In Sundarbans, a new shrimp farming initiative named “SAIME Initiative” offers hope for mangrove restoration.
What is the SAIME Initiative?
Sustainable Aquaculture In Mangrove Ecosystem(SAIME) initiative was started in 2019.
It is a community-based initiative for sustainable shrimp cultivation.
The initiative was conceived by NGOs- Nature Environment and Wildlife Society (NEWS) and Global Nature Fund (GNF), Naturland, Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS).
Under the initiative, farmers have taken up the cultivation of shrimp at 30 hectares in West Bengal. Additionally, they are restoring mangroves.
What is shrimp cultivation?
Shrimp farming is an aquaculture business that exists in either a marine or freshwater environment, producing shrimp or prawns for human consumption.
Shrimp cultivation is practised in about 15,000 to 20,000 hectares of the unique ecosystem in India.