Sustainable Shrimp Production in the UK

The UK Sustainable King Prawn Project is a new research project, designed to unlock the true potential of sustainable shrimp production in the UK using renewable energy technology.

Led by experts from the University of Exeter in partnership with the University of Reading and Rothamsted Research, the project will aim to establish the UK as a world leader in sustainable, environmentally friendly shrimp farming.

To help communicate the ambition of the project, the Green Futures Network commissioned artist Jonny Glover to illustrate how the research will work, and what it hopes to acheive.

Shrimp is a healthy seafood with high protein, low calories, rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.

However, traditional production methods utilised overseas are not only vulnerable to climate/disease crises, but often use environmentally unstainable practices – including destroying up to 80 % of nearby mangrove forests that are important in removing huge amounts of CO2.

Furthermore, some overseas production methods can lead to local biodiversity problems as well as the shrimp containing residues that can cause human health issues.

The new project seeks to introduce a risk-free, healthier and sustainable supply chain for consumers by helping to expand this model of production across the UK, whilst simultaneously encouraging UK terrestrial farms to carry out practices that directly benefit the environment and human health.

Find out more about the project here, and more about artist Jonny Glover here.

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