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Ace Aquatec partner with Shrimp Welfare Project to turn the tide on poor shrimp slaughter standards

Aquaculture technology specialists Ace Aquatec have partnered with

Shrimp Welfare Project to expand access to humane stunning solutions

amongst shrimp producers globally.


The collaboration reflects a growing understanding in the industry around

the need to introduce more humane slaughter methods for shrimps, one of

the world’s most widely produced aquatic species for human

consumption.


Immersion in ice-water slurry remains a common method of slaughter

around the world, but concerns are growing that this technique may not

sufficiently stun decapods during the slaughter process.


With over 400 billion shrimps farmed each year, Ace Aquatec places a

strong focus on their welfare, since they, like any other conscious animal,

can feel pain through the harvesting process. Ace Aquatec’s Prawn

Humane Stunner Universal (A-HSU TM ) provides effective, safe and rapid

in-water stunning solutions, stunning the shrimp unconscious in less than

a second and reducing handling, and therefore stress.


Shrimp Welfare Project aims to provide 24 shrimp producers across the

globe with an electrical stunner, free of charge and on a limited time basis

until the end of 2025, provided that they are willing and able to use the

devices with some basic requirements. Producers need to be committed

to a minimum stunned volume of 2,000 metric tonnes per annum and

improving welfare practices to the best of their capacity.


Shrimp Welfare Project seeks to accelerate the adoption of electrical

stunning for shrimp industry-wide and has so far provided producers in

Latin America and Southeast Asia with access to stunning equipment.


Tara McGregor-Woodhams, CSMO at Ace Aquatec said:

“We’re proud to be collaborating with Shrimp Welfare Project to further our

mutual goal of making humane stunning solutions accessible to shrimp

farmers everywhere. With evidence pointing to shrimps’ sentience, and

their sensitivity to inadequate slaughter methods, there’s an acute need

to revolutionise shrimp slaughter processes globally. This partnership is

taking steps to address the issue on an industry-wide scale, and we hope

to expand it further in the coming months and years.”


Krzysztof Wojtas, Head of Programmes at Shrimp Welfare Project

added:

“We are excited to partner with Ace Aquatec. Humane slaughter of

animals is crucial for maintaining good welfare throughout the entire

process. We are keen to actively collaborate with the shrimp farming

industry and support them in making the transition towards humane

slaughter. This partnership is a significant step in advancing our mission,

and we look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on shrimp

welfare globally.”



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