Prawn sandwich destroys Philippines fish nurseries
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She helped turn many of the world’s prawn farmers into millionaires, but Jurgenne Primavera now worries that her life’s work might have indirectly accelerated the destruction of fish nurseries. The Filipina zoologist, whose research on breeding the black tiger prawn became a manual that revolutionized the aquaculture industry, pointed at 66 hectares (163 acres) of brackish water fishponds at the bottom of a windy bluff in this seaside town south of Manila. Despite cheap government loans and generous land leases in the 1970s, prawn culture failed to reach its full potential in the Philippines, where the ponds turned out to be better suited for growing milkfish, said Primavera of the Philippines-based Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre.
Morella, C. (2008, April 11). Prawn sandwich destroys Philippines fish nurseries. The Manila Times, p. A5.
Shrimp culture; Zoologists; Marine ecology; Ground water; Governments; Aquaculture; Botanists; Mangroves; Fish ponds; Nursery ponds; Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC); Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); University of Queensland; University of Brussels; Primavera, Jurgenne; de los Reyes, Jessie; Duke, Norman; Carpenter, Kent; Koedam, Nico
- The Manila Times