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Honduras is one of Latin America’s top producers of cultured shrimp. Since the 1980s, vast areas of land have been converted to shrimp farms around the Gulf of Fonseca along the Honduras-Nicaragua border. But there are concerns about the environmental impact of this industry on the gulf’s wetlands.

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Jan. 23, 1976, Landsat 2 (path/row 18/51) — Gulf of Fonseca, Honduras and Nicaragua
Jan. 6, 1987, Landsat 5 (path/row 17/51) — Gulf of Fonseca, Honduras and Nicaragua
Jan. 10, 2000, Landsat 5 (path/row 17/51) — Gulf of Fonseca, Honduras and Nicaragua
Jan. 8, 2011, Landsat 5 (path/row 17/51) — Gulf of Fonseca, Honduras and Nicaragua
Jan. 19, 2015, Landsat 8 (path/row 17/51) — Gulf of Fonseca, Honduras and Nicaragua
Feb. 4, 2021, Landsat 8 (path/row 17/51) — Gulf of Fonseca, Honduras and Nicaragua

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