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What's The Difference Between Wild-Caught and Farmed Shrimp?

What's The Difference Between Wild-Caught and Farmed Shrimp?

While soaked in a lemon-butter sauce across your dinner plate, wild and farmed shrimp look the same on the outside. However, the journey of that shrimp tells a very different story. Shrimp can come from farms or fresh from the wild. Here, Biloxi Shrimp Co. explores the differences between farm-raised and wild-caught shrimp and why only one should join you for dinner.

Why Does It Matter Where My Shrimp Comes From?

As one of the most popular types of seafood, shrimp are in high demand and come from countries all over the world. Wild-caught shrimp come fresh from their natural habitat, and farmed shrimp are raised in ponds on man-made shrimp farms as part of the agricultural industry. Most of the shrimp produced globally are farmed shrimp. While popular shrimp-farming practices put the nutritional value of the shrimp into question, they also raise environmental concerns. Here is a closer look at the potential harms of poorly farmed shrimp:

Nutritional Impact

Some shrimp farms are overpopulated with shrimp and require pesticides, antibiotics, and other chemicals, some of which are banned in the U.S., to help keep the shrimp alive and disease-free. These substances are ingested by the shrimp as they grow, making them less nutritious or even unsafe for consumers. Additionally, the residues from these chemicals can remain on the surface of the shrimp. Not to mention, the negative ecological impact the wastewater from these farms has on local wildlife if it's discharged into nearby waterways.

Environmental Impact

Many shrimp farms abroad used to be mangrove forests and salt marshes (areas along coastal waterways that are vital to the earth's climate). When a shrimp farm moves in, it's historically been at the expense of local wildlife. Many shrimp farms have since adopted sustainable practices to help combat the negative impact on these ecosystems, but a lot of damage has already been done and continues even today.

The Wild-Caught Difference

As with any other food, it's important to know where your shrimp come from before they hit your plate. Considering the quality and safety differences between wild and farmed seafood, the choice is up to you. Making a conscious effort to ensure the farmed shrimp you purchase come from sustainable, responsible sources is a great start to ensuring what's on your plate is at peak in nutrition and flavor.

From beef to poultry, the food the animal eats and how the animal is raised directly impacts the taste and nutritional value of the food product. Shrimp are no different. While swimming in their native oceanic habitat, shrimp are getting the food and nutrients they need naturally. A clean, natural diet results in a clean, natural taste and texture — and a dinner you can feel good about eating.

Experience the Taste of Locally Sourced Shrimp from the USA

At Biloxi Shrimp Co., 100% of our fresh Gulf shrimp are caught in the wild from warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. They’re harvested in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama waters by USA shrimpers, and then processed in Biloxi, Mississippi. When our shrimp find their way to your home, they have been frozen, sealed, and strategically packed in a cooler with dry ice to ensure they stay fresh and taste delicious no matter how they are prepared for family dinners and special occasions.

Learn More About Gulf Shrimp

Prepare your favorite recipes using locally sourced shrimp from us here in Biloxi, Mississippi. Whether grilled shrimp skewers or fried popcorn shrimp are on the menu, you can rest assured the seafood you get from Biloxi Shrimp Co. is fresh from the ocean. We're happy to answer any questions you may have about how our shrimp are caught, processed and packaged. For more information, contact us today.

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