There are many reasons to love shrimp. Whether you're a shrimp salad lover or a grilled shrimp connoisseur, these culinary crustaceans rarely disappoint. Does it matter where your shrimp came from? As with most any food, the short answer is: yes. Here, Biloxi Shrimp Co. explores the benefits of buying wild-caught shrimp as opposed to farm-raised alternatives and how it can make a difference in your meal, the environment, and more.
- Nutritional Value: Catching shrimp in their natural habitat means the shrimp have grazed on a clean, natural diet from the ocean. Wild-caught shrimp are low in calories and rich in protein, omega-6, and omega-3 fatty acids, iodine, and other nutrients the body needs to survive.
- Savor-Worthy Flavor: Thanks to this more natural diet, your favorite shellfish hit your plate with a fresher taste and firmer texture. Whether you prefer your shrimp deep-fried or lightly steamed, wild-caught seafood can make all the difference in the taste of your meal.
- Low Fat Content: Farmed shrimp are raised on a fortified diet. Research shows that shellfish that feast on a more natural diet are leaner and lower in saturated fats, making your meal that much healthier.
- Low Mercury Content: Mercury is a neurotoxin commonly found in seafood. Mercury content has been found to be the highest in large, predatory fish, such as shark, swordfish, and king mackerel, and lowest in small, low-lifespan fish, such as crab, catfish, cod, and shrimp. Eating wild-caught Gulf shrimp lets you enjoy delicious seafood with no worries about excessive mercury.
- Pregnancy Safe: Research has shown that it is safe to consume low-mercury seafood during pregnancy. Several nutrients in shrimp are beneficial to both mother and baby. While it's always best to consult a healthcare professional regarding your diet, shrimp have been deemed a safer seafood to eat while pregnant. The clean diet of wild-caught shrimp proves beneficial for this reason as well.
- Low Contaminant Risk: Shrimp farms outside the USA operate under fewer regulations, meaning they can use a wide range of substances to keep bacteria, algae, parasites, and disease under control. This puts your dinner at greater risk for containing potentially harmful chemicals and banned antibiotics.
- Safety Regulations: Did you know that imported seafood is tested less often by the FDA? Less than 2% of imported shrimp are inspected, and the FDA finds evidence of U.S.-banned substances in approximately 10% of what is tested. Fortunately, there’s no need to worry when consuming wild-caught Gulf shrimp.
- Sustainability: Many mangrove forests, salt marshes, and local wildlife have been compromised to make way for shrimp farms. Purchasing wild-caught shrimp means your dinner didn't arrive at your table at the expense of natural habitats that are critical to the earth's climate and ecosystems.
- Support American Businesses: While some shrimp farms exist in the U.S., the vast majority of our farmed shrimp supply comes from abroad. The choice to buy domestic wild-caught shrimp is the choice to support American businesses. This choice benefits local economies and creates jobs for fishermen, seafood processors, and other workers.
- Peak Freshness: Our Gulf white shrimp are caught wild in coastal waters from Texas to Florida. Then, each shrimp is individually quick frozen (IQF), packaged, and shipped to your home, ensuring optimal freshness. The same can’t be said for farm-raised shrimp processed under uncertain conditions and shipped across the globe to supermarkets.
Experience Wild-Caught Shrimp for Yourself
Our Gulf shrimp come with more than a fresh, delicious taste. Our customers also receive the peace of mind that comes with knowing exactly where their meal came from. All of our shrimp are wild caught in the Gulf of Mexico by USA shrimpers. They are free of antibiotics and chemicals and are carefully processed to preserve freshness and flavor. If you have any questions about our practices, please contact Biloxi Shrimp Co. in Biloxi, Mississippi.