P451 ORACLE 451 Sat25 Apr C4 2100:11  4-Tel     FRAGILE   EARTH      Where the lush mangrove forests of Ecuador once hung, a sludgy wasteland has taken over. Wildlife is scarce and the indigenous population has all but given up its once-thriving fishing industry to scavenge for what shellfish can be found along the dying coastline. Since shrimp fever hit the country, the fat-cats have procured huge tracts of the coastlands, cut down and burnt the mangrove forests and bled the shrimp population dry.  2/4 Back-Up Scene On 4 Sports A-Z Index
P451 ORACLE 451 Sat25 Apr C4 2101:00  4-Tel     FRAGILE   EARTH      Shoot-outs and jail sentences, part and parcel of this cut-throat business, do not seem to have deterred foreign investors in Ecuador's shrimp industry. According to one conservationist, it is an industry without a future, because "our ecosystem is not in balance anymore". This disturbing picture of an environmental nightmare reveals both sides of a story which is by no means new to Ecuador. You may never eat shrimps again... Debbie Lawson  4/4 Back-Up Scene On 4 Sports A-Z Index
P451 ORACLE 451 Sat25 Apr C4 2100:01  4-Tel     FRAGILE   EARTH      TOMORROW at 7.00pm As Europeans and Americans tucked into one billion shrimps last year, the mangrove forests of Ecuador were being hacked down. The connection is not immediately obvious: nor is the reason why a single pregnant shrimp should be worth $60 in Ecuador, and her larvae fetch $1,500. While shrimps have become an expensive delicacy over here, the cost to the natural coastline of Ecuador is much greater. This edition of the excellent environmental series discovers why...  1/4 Back-Up Scene On 4 Sports A-Z Index
P451 ORACLE 451 Sat25 Apr C4 2101:01  4-Tel     FRAGILE   EARTH      Fragile Earth talks to peasants and businessmen, conservationists and politicians about the dramatic rise of the shrimp industry and its effect on the country. Likened to a gold rush, the Ecuadorian shrimp boom has not only wiped out much of the marine life but also polluted the sea and led to an increase in the devolopment of coastal shanty towns. Government-imposed bans on netting are ignored, and the industry has become a breeding-ground for corruption in which even the army is implicated...  3/4 Back-Up Scene On 4 Sports A-Z Index