In the U.S. – it’s the most consumed seafood and while fisheries in the U.S. remain sustainable and well-managed, imported shrimp from poorly regulated countries dominate the U.S. marketplace with 92% market share [NOAA Fisheries].
“Other major markets have restricted imports of shrimp because of repeated findings of banned antibiotics – and even forced labor – in shrimp aquaculture. The United States remains the largest and most open market, so low-quality shrimp products that are rejected from the European Union, Japan and other major shrimp markets are likely sent here for whatever low price they can get,” explains John Williams, executive director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance
Look for and support SUSTAINABLY farmed shrimp that are good for you, the planet and the people raising them. Also, consider becoming a member of the Global Aquaculture Alliance to help guide the shrimp aquaculture industry as a whole in a more sustainable direction. Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Guide (download here) is a good resource – they agree that farmed fish is a ‘best choice.’
We are honored that Chef John Ash is an Advisor to EatRx and that sustainably sourced seafood is important to him, as it should be for everyone.
Learn more about Chef John Ash by visiting his website here.