Product #: MSC22106HO
Scientific Name: Penaeus esculentus
Country of Origin: Australia$18.55 /LB (minimum: 1 CS)
U.S. shrimp are flavorful and sweet, with slight variations in flavor dependent upon species and origin. Different species are difficult to distinguish from one another when sold headed or peeled. All cook up white with pink and red highlights.
Atlantic white and brown shrimp are found throughout the northwestern Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The largest harvests occur off the southeastern U.S. (south of the Carolinas) and in the Gulf of Mexico. These same species of shrimp are also caught in Mexican waters of the Gulf.
Shrimp harvested in the U.S. is one of the most sustainable options for shrimp. The populations are healthy and well managed by the state and federal governments. Habitat damage by trawl nets and bycatch are the biggest concerns for sustainability. Fortunately, white and brown do not live in hard bottom or coral areas, which are the areas most severely affected by trawling. These shrimp live in muddy and sandy zones, which are more resilient and are periodically disturbed by waves, currents and storms. Large tracts of coral and hard bottom area in the Gulf of Mexico are completely closed to bottom trawling. Bycatch of finfish and sea turtles has been greatly reduced by mandatory Turtle Excluder Devices and Bycatch Reduction Devices, though better data on finfish bycatch is needed to continually ensure that those populations are not overly affected by shrimp bycatch. Bycatch Reduction Devices in the Gulf of Mexico have not reduced finfish bycatch as much as predicted. Bycatch of juvenile red snapper remains a substantial problem hindering the recovery of this depleted population. Further reduction in red snapper bycatch is integral to the health of the red snapper population and the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem as a whole.
• Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) is often referred to as Australia’s last ‘wild frontier’, across Australia’s top end. The fishery extends from the low water mark to the outer edge of the Australian fishing zone. Its eastern extremity lies at Cape York in Queensland and stretches west to Cape Londonderry in Western Australia. 52 vessels are licensed to operate in the MSC certified Northern Prawn Fishery, which covers approximately 880,000 square kilometres. Less than 12% of this area is fished. • The fishery has undergone great transformation over the years. It has gone from a 312 vessel fishery in the early 1980’s, to currently a 52 boat fishery that operate in an area the size of New South Wales! This equates to a very small footprint and a sustainable, efficient fishery that produces a high quality prawn
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