Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Shrimp

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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


Shrimp, Farmed in open systems, Mexico

Like most imported farmed shrimp, shrimp from Mexico is produced in open pond systems. These farms cause habitat damage and pollution, and may spread disease to the surrounding environment. As a result, consumers should "Avoid" Mexican farmed shrimp.

Consumer Note

For the most sustainable product, look for shrimp raised in fully recirculating tanks or ponds, or from farms located inland, away from the coast. The terms "shrimp" and "prawn" may be used interchangeably. Shrimp is known as ebi when prepared for sushi.

Summary

Shrimp is the most popular and valuable seafood in the U.S. Mexico supports a large and growing shrimp farming industry and is an important source of imports into the U.S.

Many of Mexico's shrimp farms are located along the Gulf of California coast - a unique and vulnerable ecosystem. These farms are adjacent to sensitive coastal wetland and mangrove habitats, and despite leaving mangroves largely intact, the ecosystem is impacted by water and effluent from these farms. Because shrimp ponds in Mexico are open to the environment and still suffer from disease outbreaks, they risk transferring disease and parasites to wild populations.

Due to these concerns, Seafood Watch consumers should "Avoid" farmed shrimp from Mexico.


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