Scandic cuts out “destructive” tropical shrimps Published: 10 March, 2006
SCANDIC is taking tropical shrimps off the menu at all 122 of its hotels in the Nordic region and the Baltic. This decision follows the campaign of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SNF) highlighting the huge environmental problems caused by tropical shrimp farming. Now SNF and Scandic are urging others to follow suit.
Commenting on the decision, Mikael Karlsson, chairman of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation said it should inspire others to do likewise. “It shows an important global aspect of Scandic’s environmental work,” he said.
The SNF says flooding during storms and tsunamis is a dramatic example of the problems that arise from tropical shrimp farming. The artificial ponds in which the shrimps are farmed mean the loss of protective mangrove swamps, destroying traditional fishing for the local population, as well as their ability to gather plants and firewood. In some countries, there are major conflicts between the shrimp farm owners and the locals. In addition, antibiotics and chemicals are used, often in enormous quantities.
“For us at Scandic, this decision is another natural step in our work towards sustainability,” explains Jan Peter Bergkvist, Scandic’s Environment Director. “We are reviewing all the goods that we use and training our team members to think environmentally. We feel it is important and positive to be able to work with SNF on this issue.”
In shops and on restaurant menus, tropical shrimps have many names, of which scampi and tiger prawns are just two. The market for tropical shrimps is growing worldwide and over half the mangrove forests have already been lost. If we are to reduce the problem, we need to reduce consumption of tropical shrimps.
“There are some very good alternatives to the environmentally destructive tropical shrimps,” says Mikael Karlsson. “We would now urge other hotel chains and restaurants across the Nordic region to remove tropical shrimps from their menus too.”
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