Is It Wild or Farmed? Head-On Mayan Shrimp are wild caught and Head-On Blue Shrimp are farmed in New Caldonia.
Where is it fished? Shrimp is farmed and found wild all around the world. Then Head-On Mayan Shrimp that The Lobster Place sells is caught in Guatemala. The Head-On Blue Shrimp are farmed in New Caldonia.
How is it fished? Wild shrimp are caught through the use of trawls, while farmed shrimp are farmed in open pond systems.
Is it sustainable? Little is known about international shrimp populations, however because shrimp are short lived and reproduce rapidly, there is not much concern about overfishing. Wild shrimp are generally caught with trawl nets, which have high rates of by-catch.
One cause of concern regarding imported farmed shrimp is the destruction of coastal mangrove forests when building shrimp farms. Mangroves are an important habitat for a wide range of fish, plants, and birds, and their loss pose a potential risk to these species. International shrimp farms are also known to use high amounts of fish meal as well as antibiotics in feed.
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What is the flavor/texture profile?
Blue Shrimp: Super sweet and pefectly tender...great with a generous sprinkle of sea salt then sauteed over high heat with a little butter and olive oil.
Mayan Shrimp: Sweet, and meaty...great for the grill or in the broiler.
How do I Cook it?