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An Associated Press investigation last year found that . Bonded labor is used for most of Southeast Asia’s shrimping industry, which sends more shrimp to the United States than any other country.

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An Incredibly Brief History of the Shrimping Industry

The revelation led to the release of more than 2,000 enslaved fishermen and arrests of suspected traffickers. But when The Associated Press followed up on its report it found that the abuses were still rampant — and that the United States had done a poor job of keeping shrimp peeled by slaves out of the country.

But we did invent the modern day shrimping industry


When the Civil War began, the Apalachicola River was a vital transportation artery. With its Chattahoochee and Flint River tributaries navigable as far north as Columbus and Albany in Georgia, the river provided access to Apalachicola, a vital Southern shipping port.

Part of the Union strategy for waging the Civil War was to blockade the Southern coastline, choking off commerce and slowly strangling the Confederacy. Rivers like the Apalachicola could then be used to access the interior. As part of the Union naval strategy to blockade Southern ports, the U.S. Navy closed access to the Chattahoochee River system at Apalachicola on June 11, 1861 and maintained its coastal presence there for the remainder of the war.

The Confederates responded by fortifying upstream, placing heavy cannons along their banks in a desperate effort to hold back the gunboats of the Union Navy.

Southern forces defended the town for the first year of the war, but by Spring of 1862 the Confederate forces had evacuated the town, principally due to the fact that the state convention abolished the state militia, who were garrisoning Apalachicola. It took the Union ships blockading the port a week to discover that all the troops were gone. A boat expedition into town could find nobody with the authority to surrunder the City. Unsatisfied, the Union commander launched a larger expedition capturing six sailing vessels and telling the town’s few remaining residents they could continue to fish and oyster as long as they took no action to support the Confederate government. The first capture and occupation of Apalachicola lasted just a few hours.

The Union navy settled into a long, dull presence on the coast, while Confederate officers and engineers upriver struggled to build a ship that could break the blockade and restore trade to the region. The strategic importance of the blockade was threefold: Columbus, Ga., one of the most industrialized cities in the Deep South, sat at the head of the navigable portion of the Chattahoochee River; Apalachicola, a major shipping center, lay on the coast; and a fertile cotton-growing region, the lifeblood of the Southern economy, sprawled between the two.

Apalachicola became a ghost of its antebellum self since the blockade cut off all trade to and from the port. The overall effect of the blockade was to swiftly shift economic and military importance elsewhere for the remainder of the war.

Although Apalachicola suffered economically as a result of the Civil War, the city made transition to peacetime with a brief revival of the cotton trade until railroads, destroyed in Georgia during the war, were rebuilt. Then Apalachicola entered a decade of economic stagnation until the lumber industry began to blossom in the late 1870s and heralded a new economic life for the City.

In the United States, shrimp and prawn fisheries are second only to crab fishing in terms of importance.
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The USA Department of Commerce (DOC) has named the companies in China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam that must respond to charges of subsidized shrimp exports. In most cases, the companies represent the largest shrimp exporters in their respective countries. They will have to provide detailed financial information to make their case.

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The Cambodian immigrant got 75 cents a pound for his mid-size shrimp -- less than half of last year's price -- from the Ditcharo Seafood dock in Buras, Louisiana.

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Water tables are falling from the overpumpingof groundwater in large portions of China, India, Iran, Mexico, the MiddleEast, North Africa, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Many majorrivers—including the Colorado, Ganges, Indus, Rio Grande, and Yellow—nowrun dry for portions of the year.