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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "shrimp" ...
Shrimp is big business in Thailand, thanks to an appetite in the United States that continues to grow. Today, a third of country’s exported shrimp goes to the U.S., its top customer, where retail giants like Walmart and Costco do high-volume sales and suburban Red Lobsters offer bargain blue plate specials. Breakthroughs in aquaculture have helped Thai producers keep up with the rising demand, but there’s a catch to their success: an invisible underclass of Burmese migrant workers, thousands of whom labor in sub-human conditions to keep costs down. Of the estimated 200,000 Burmese migrants working in Samut Sakhon province, the heartland of the Thai shrimp industry, about a third are unregistered and subject to rights abuses. Independent monitors say that thousands desperate to escape the poverty and dictatorship of their homeland cross the border only to find themselves trapped in bonded labor that’s tantamount to slavery. Sold by brokers to crooked factory owners, they are forced to endure long hours for pitiful wages, physical abuse and intimidation. Many are children who do not meet Thai working age requirements. Their plight is made worse, critics say, by the profit-induced apathy of Thai authorities who turn a blind eye or are complicit in abuses. Reporters Steve Sapienza and Jason Motlagh investigate exploitative labor practices at the lower levels of the supply chain.
The Journal tells the story of truckers Rod and Kim Grimm, a married couple who make rushed deliveries across the country by taking turns behind the wheel. And they are not alone, as more and more companies choose to hire team truckers to reduce shipping time. "A recent Federal Highway Administration study found drivers sleeping five hours a day on average, and at risk of nodding off at the wheel. Team truckers have particularly hard time of it .... The highway administration is considering new rules that would require drivers to work more regular shifts."
In just the past two decades, industrialization, population growth and intense use of chemical fertilizers have doubled the amount of nitrogen in circulation among living things...And this sudden explosion of nitrogen has meant mounting worldwide environmental problems that promise to soon get worse and, some scientists predict, to reach the point of calamity." Some examples: More frequent algae blooms (red tides) kill fish and other sea life in coastal waters, invasive plants take over prairies in Minnesota, acid rain in the Blue Ride Mountains, visibility impaired in waters near the Great Barrier Reef, forest mushrooms disappear in Holland.
Tags: nitrogen; environment; water; red tide; algae; seafood; sewage; fishing; "dead zones"; praires; fertilizer; ammonia; farming; sea grass; Baltic; blue crabs; sea grass; agriculture; scallops; monk seals; sea lions; shrimp; hogs; Lake Pontchartrain
More fishing boats harvest the world's oceans than at any time in history. But, as the Times-Picayune points out, their best catch is seven years gone. Besieged by exploding demand, beset by over-fishing, devastated by destruction of life-giving coastal wetlands, the world's oceans have reached their limit.
The Times-Picayune investigates the fate of the fishing and shrimping industries as more boats harvest the world's oceans than at any other time in history. While demand for sea products is high, oceans are beset by overfishing and devastated by destruction of coastal wetlands. The series looks at the effects of over-exploitation in southern Louisiana. (March 24-30, 1996)
Texas Monthly looks at the lives of fisherman in the shrimping industry off the coast of southern Texas. While the Texas coast supported a thriving industry for decades, today, state regulators and plunging profits threaten to destroy shrimpers. (October 1996)
Mother Jones explores environmental, economic, and political problems brought to Southeast Asian and Latin American villagers by a booming shrimp industry. Some consequences include deforestation, poverty for small shrimp farmers, violence and protest. (March, April 1996)