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Pacific White Shrimp

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Consumption Advice

There is no consumption advisory for Wisconsin farm-raised shrimp.

Taste and Nutrition

Pacific white shrimp are popular because they have a clean, sweet taste with a classic shrimp flavor and firm texture. They are bluish-gray or greenish-gray when raw but turn pink when cooked. While all shrimp have more cholesterol than other types of seafood, they are lower in total and saturated fat than most meat and poultry.

How They Are Raised

Wisconsin shrimp farmers typically order baby shrimp from a hatchery in Florida and grow them in indoors by converting barns or, in one case, an old school into shrimp-rearing operations. Many farmers use recirculating tanks to grow the shrimp to harvest size. The closed systems use bacteria to break down waste and maintain water quality. Water is reused in the system, minimizing the risk of disease and environmental problems.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Purdue University put together a video to help explain the process:

Fun Fact

Dairyland Shrimp in Westby, Wisconsin, was the first indoor saltwater shrimp farm in the state. Dairyland grew shrimp from 2013-2016.

Biology and History

Pacific white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) is a warm-water species native to the Eastern Pacific coast from Sonora, Mexico, through Central and South America as far south as Peru. It is a fast-growing shrimp that adapts well to a range of salinities.

Shrimp is the most popular seafood in the United States; however, the majority of the shrimp eaten in the U.S. is imported from farms in Southeast Asia, Ecuador and Mexico. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for ensuring that seafood imports are safe for U.S. consumers, the U.S. government cannot regulate the environmental impacts of international fish farms.