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Social Aspects

At Grupo Granjas Marinas, we are proud to make a difference in our environment and make a difference for the people who work for us and the communities that surround us. We strive to improve the lives of our employees and our community.

We are working to develop the rural areas that surround us, which are some of the poorest areas of Honduras and the world. We are proud to improve access to education, health, basic sanitation and strengthen self-management capabilities in our communities. We are the main contributor to FUNDESUR, the social arm of the shrimp industry that benefits more than 33,000 in the south of Honduras (www.fundesur.org).


Participatory Social Impact Assessment (p-SIA)

GGM achieved ASC certification of all of its five shrimp farms in the South of Honduras – Granjas Marinas San Bernardo (GMSB), Criaderos Marinos, S.A. (CRIMASA), Aquacultivos de Honduras (AQH), Camaronera del Pácifico (CADELPA), and Las Arenas. Currently, GGM is reviewing and updating the Participatory Social Impact Assessments of all of the farms, as a requirement for ASC re-certification of its shrimp operations. The methodology used to conduct this review and p-SIAs update was based on the ASC-Shrimp guidelines, Appendix 2 and following the seven steps recommended for the preparation of the new p-SIAs.

Analysis of the current p-SIA and based on the study of interest groups, it was found that Guameru community continues to be the community of importance for GMSB’s operations.


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GGM achieved ASC certification of all of its five shrimp farms in the South of Honduras – Granjas Marinas San Bernardo (GMSB), Criaderos Marinos, S.A. (CRIMASA), Aquacultivos de Honduras (AQH), Camaronera del Pácifico (CADELPA), and Las Arenas. Currently, GGM is reviewing and updating the Participatory Social Impact Assessments of all of the farms, as a requirement for ASC re-certification of its shrimp operations. The methodology used to conduct this review and p-SIAs update was based on the ASC-Shrimp guidelines, Appendix 2 and following the seven steps recommended for the preparation of the new p-SIAs.

Analysis of the current p-SIA and based on the study of interest groups, it was found that El Carmen 2 community continues to be the community of importance for CRIMASA’s operations.


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GGM achieved ASC certification of all of its five shrimp farms in the South of Honduras – Granjas Marinas San Bernardo (GMSB), Criaderos Marinos, S.A. (CRIMASA), Aquacultivos de Honduras (AQH), Camaronera del Pácifico (CADELPA), and Las Arenas. Currently, GGM is reviewing and updating the Participatory Social Impact Assessments of all of the farms, as a requirement for ASC re-certification of its shrimp operations. The methodology used to conduct this review and p-SIAs update was based on the ASC-Shrimp guidelines, Appendix 2 and following the seven steps recommended for the preparation of the new p-SIAs.

Analysis of the current p-SIA and based on the study of interest groups, it was found that El Tulito community continues to be the community of importance for CADELPA’s operations.


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GGM achieved ASC certification of all of its five shrimp farms in the South of Honduras – Granjas Marinas San Bernardo (GMSB), Criaderos Marinos, S.A. (CRIMASA), Aquacultivos de Honduras (AQH), Camaronera del Pácifico (CADELPA), and Las Arenas. Currently, GGM is reviewing and updating the Participatory Social Impact Assessments of all of the farms, as a requirement for ASC re-certification of its shrimp operations. The methodology used to conduct this review and p-SIAs update was based on the ASC-Shrimp guidelines, Appendix 2 and following the seven steps recommended for the preparation of the new p-SIAs.

Analysis of the current p-SIA and based on the study of interest groups, it was found that Las Arenas community continues to be the community of importance for Finca Camaronera LAS ARENAS operations.


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GGM achieved ASC certification of all of its five shrimp farms in the South of Honduras – Granjas Marinas San Bernardo (GMSB), Criaderos Marinos, S.A. (CRIMASA), Aquacultivos de Honduras (AQH), Camaronera del Pácifico (CADELPA), and Las Arenas. Currently, GGM is reviewing and updating the Participatory Social Impact Assessments of all of the farms, as a requirement for ASC re-certification of its shrimp operations. The methodology used to conduct this review and p-SIAs update was based on the ASC-Shrimp guidelines, Appendix 2 and following the seven steps recommended for the preparation of the new p-SIAs.

Analysis of the current p-SIA and based on the study of interest groups, it was found that El Tulito community continues to be the community of importance for AQH’s operations.


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Grupo Granjas Marinas S.A takes pride in thier social responsability projects concerning Education.

With this initiative of Grupo Granjas Marinas S.A we contribute to strengthen coastal communities of education of the Gulf of Fonseca.

The program starts in 2002 through a strategic alliance with the Ministry of Education through EDUCATODOS Program, initially benefiting nine communities in the municipalities of Namasigue, El Triunfo and Choluteca Guamerú, Rancheria, Playa Negra, San Bernardo, Nueva Conception, Ojo de Agua, San Jeronimo, El Tulito and El Carrizo. All communities completed their primary studies and students of the Community of San Jeronimo recently completed the 9th grade.

For over 15 years, we have provided education to our employees providing materials and time for their classes. The program initiated in 1999 at our shrimp farm San Bernardo, where fellow teachers working in the company served as volunteer facilitators, teaching classes to peers who still could not read or write. Since 2000, the program was implemented in the remaining farms of Grupo Granjas Marinas and since then

GGM employees enjoy privilege of an education at their place of work for free. Worthy example of Corporate Social Responsibility begins at home.

We contribute to the payment of salary of a computer teacher in a public local school Dionisio de Herrera, in the community of San Bernardo, Namasigue. 300 children are benefited.

Under this project worked has been done with 4 schools in the municipalities of San Lorenzo, Marcovia, Namasigue, Monjaras support has been with the installation and improvement of their data centers in exchange for a commitment to implement recovery and recycling programs in their schools plastic. Children have access to educational technologies (computer equipment) and learn about proper waste management. Teachers, parents and students receive technical training from the Department of Environmental and Social Management on proper waste management. A total of 1,262 students have benefited from this program.

In rural areas of the country most of the population depends on the use of firewood for cooking food. Their preparation has contributed significantly to the process of deforestation in the country. Grupo Granjas Marinas S.A under the supervision of the Institute of Forest Conservation (I.C.F) facilitates the firewood and plantation of trees along the canals. More than 62 families in the community of Monjaras have been benefit by this program. In the coming months these families will benefit from the donation of 62 eco-friendly stoves, which will reduce the consumption of firewood in the area.

In 2010 the program arises as an opportunity to support small shrimp producers in the south of Honduras, this program begins with the agreement between some of the members of the Association of Small and Medium Aquaculturists of Honduras and Empacadora de Productos Acuaticos San Lorenzo S.A. The arrangement includes the supply of seed and inputs and later Empacadora purchases their production at fair prices. Part of the shrimp purchased from the associated program has helped to meet the requirements of several of our customers. During the years of operation, the program has marketed around 4 million pounds of head on shrimp, aiding around 30 small and medium size shrimp producers.

Currently the program has 25 shrimp associate producers, including 3 associations and 22 producers, the number of people aid by this program corresponds to 300 people, including owners, employees and their families.

Among the benefits of the program we mention:

  • Post-larvae from our production lab, which is consider of an excellent quality and high survival rate.
  • Shrimp Feed from recognized brands such as: Alcon, Areca and Nicovita.
  • Fuel supply in certain cases.
  • Supply of Lime & fertilizer
  • Technical consultant staring from the seeding ending the harvest of the shrimp
  • Cost of harvest (ice and transportation) covered by Grupo Granjas Marinas
  • Purchase of shrimp at competitive & fair prices
  • Financing of supplies and post-larvae at 0% interest rates.

Among the benefits generated by this program, we mention the support to the Association of Small and Medium Aquaculturists of Honduras and the government bank in terms of loans.