Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Shrimp, Northern

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SEAFOODRATINGMARKET NAMESLOCATION/CERTIFICATIONHOW CAUGHT/FARMED
Prawn, Freshwater Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Giant River & Malaysian Prawn U.S. Farmed
Prawn, Spot Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Prawn, Spot Shrimp, Amaebi U.S. Pacific Wild
Prawn, Spot Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Prawn, Spot Shrimp, Amaebi Canadian Pacific Wild
Shrimp Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Pacific White & West Coast White Shrimp, Ebi Thailand Farmed in Fully Recirculating Systems
Shrimp Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Pacific White & West Coast White Shrimp, Ebi Mexico Farmed in Open Systems
Shrimp Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Black Tiger & White Shrimp, Tiger Prawn, Ebi Imported Farmed in Open Systems
Shrimp Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Pacific White & West Coast White Shrimp, Ebi U.S. Farmed in Fully Recirculating Systems or Inland Ponds
Shrimp Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Pacific White & West Coast White Shrimp, Ebi U.S. Farmed in Open Systems
Shrimp Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Brown, Pink, Rock, Royal Red, Seabob & White Shrimp, Ebi U.S. Gulf of Mexico except Louisiana, U.S. South Atlantic Otter Trawl
Shrimp Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Brown, Pink, Seabob & White Shrimp, Ebi U.S. Gulf of Mexico Skimmer Trawl
Shrimp Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Blue, Brown, Pink, Seabob & White Shrimp, Ebi Mexico Wild
Shrimp Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Ebi, Prawn, Shrimp Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild
Shrimp Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Black Tiger & White Shrimp, Tiger Prawn, Ebi Aquaculture Stewardship Council Certified Farmed
Shrimp Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Black Tiger & White Shrimp, Tiger Prawn, Ebi Naturland Certified Farmed
Shrimp Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Black Tiger & White Shrimp, Tiger Prawn, Ebi Global Aquaculture Alliance BAP Certified Farmed
Shrimp, Black Tiger Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Tiger shrimp Southeast Asia Farmed, Selva Shrimp (R) Verified Farms
Shrimp, Louisiana Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Brown, Pink, Seabob & White Shrimp, Ebi Louisiana Wild
Shrimp, Northern Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Bay, Cocktail & Salad Shrimp, Ebi U.S., Canadian Atlantic Wild
Shrimp, Pink Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Bay, Cocktail, Ocean & Salad Shrimp, Ebi Oregon Wild


Northern Shrimp, Wild, Canadian Atlantic & U.S.

When buying small shrimp for salad or shrimp cocktail, northern shrimp from the Canadian Atlantic is a considered a "Good Alternative," while pink shrimp from Oregon is considered a "Best Choice."

The Oregon pink shrimp, Canadian northern shrimp and Canadian Scotian shelf fisheries are certified as sustainable to the standard of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Consumer Note

Pink and northern shrimp are small coldwater species typically sold as salad, cocktail or sandwich shrimp. Shrimp is known as ebi when prepared for sushi.

Summary

Shrimp may be divided into three categories based upon habitats: coldwater or northern; warmwater, tropical or southern; and freshwater. Northern shrimp from the Canadian Atlantic are coldwater shrimp.

All shrimp are short lived, fast growers that produce many young, and so are resistant to being overfished. Smaller species of coldwater shrimp, in particular pink and northern shrimp, are typically caught by trawl.

Bycatch
reduction devices (BRDs) have brought trawl bycatch down to very low levels in coldwater shrimp fisheries and very few endangered species, such as sea turtles, are caught.

Bottom trawls, however, may cause damage to the seafloor. The trawl method used in the Oregon pink shrimp fishery is deemed less damaging than other bottom trawl gears used in coldwater shrimp fisheries, including the northern shrimp fishery off the Canadian Atlantic. This therefore results in a recommendation of "Best Choice" for pink shrimp and "Good Alternative" for northern shrimp.


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