Ecuadorian shrimp farmers battling surge in organized crime

Extortion gangs targeting shrimp producers for the return of stolen shrimp, feed, boats and engines.

By John Evans

Ecuador’s shrimp producers are stepping up calls for authorities to protect them from a spike in organized crime that cost around $60 million (€54.4 million) in 2019 alone.

Producers reported more than 150 criminal actions against their property in 2019, including assault, robbery of shrimp, feed, supplies, equipment, boats and their engines.

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