All you need to know about America's favorite seafood!
Shrimp 101: Intro to Gulf Shrimp
- Life Cycle of a Shrimp: Beginning as eggs released into the water, within 24 hours they hatch and drift towards the shore with the help of wind and currents. Coastal bays, estuaries and marshes provide the protection for them to grow into adolescent shrimp and acquire their color. When they reach 3-5 inches long they migrate from the bays to the Gulf of Mexico to complete their lifecycle and start the chain all over again.
- The average shrimp lifespan is one year.
- Commercially, shrimp are graded into how many shrimp you get per pound (eg. 16/20 shrimp are larger than 40/60 shrimp).
- Most shrimp are omnivorous creatures.
- The Texas shrimp fishery is one of the most valuable and largest in the United States.
- Annual Texas landings of shrimp exceed 90 million pounds per year.
- Brown shrimp account for 80% of the Texas catch.
- Our boats utilize Otter Trawls to catch their shrimp which include the use of TED (turtle extruder devices.)
- Turtle Extruder Devices (TED) are devices which eliminate the incidental catch of turtles and other large aquatic animals to enhance production and survival of the species that nest along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.
- 97% of all turtles were excluded from trawls with the proper use of TED’s.
- A Shrimp’s body is divided into two parts: the carapace, usually called the head, and the abdomen, or tail. The head houses the vital organs with the digestive vein running the length of the abdomen.
- The vein, which is actually digestive waste matter, is harmless to eat though often times markets demand de-veined product.
- Shell color of a shrimp is dependent on many factors including diet, habitat and water temperature making it hard to distinguish between white, brown and pink by color alone.
- The average American eats approximately 40 pounds of shrimp per year, making it the most popular seafood in the country.