FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are Texas Gulf Shrimp?
Gulf shrimp is by far the most popular seafood in the United States. Boiled, fried, or stuffed, shrimp are delicious. They are high in protein and have many essential vitamins and minerals. Brown shrimp (Penaeus aztecus), white shrimp (P. setiferus), and pink shrimp (P. duorarum) make up the bulk of Texas shrimp landings.
What is the life cycle of the Texas Gulf Shrimp?
The life cycles of brown, white and pink shrimp are similar. They spend part of their life in estuaries, bays and the Gulf of Mexico. Spawning occurs in the Gulf of Mexico. One female shrimp releases 100,000 to 1,000,000 eggs that hatch within 24 hours. The young shrimp develop through several larval stages as they are carried shoreward by winds and currents. By the time the young shrimp reach the gulf passes and enter the bays, they are one-fourth inch long, transparent and have a shrimp-like appearance.
How are Texas Gulf Shrimp Caught?
Generations of Texas shrimpers trawl the Gulf Coast waters seasonally with cone-shaped nets that yield about five-million pounds of the healthful seafood each year. The shrimp boat nets are equipped with devices called TEDs (Turtle Excluder Devises) and BRDs that allow larger fish and marine life such as sea turtles to escape from the nets without harm.
Do Texas Gulf Shrimp come in all sizes?
Shrimp are sized and sold by count (number of shrimp per pound) either whole or headless. For example, headless shrimp of 16/20 count means there are 16 to 20 headless shrimp per pound. Counts for headless shrimp typically range from 16/20 (the largest shrimp) to 60/70 (the smallest).
Will Texas Gulf Shrimp be labeled as such in grocery stores or restaurants?
Not Always! Be sure to ask your grocer, seafood distributor or restaurant manager if they sell Texas Gulf Shrimp. If they don’t, request that they replace the imported product with naturally caught Texas Gulf Shrimp.
Are Texas Gulf Shrimp endangered?
Texas Gulf Shrimp are abundant! They are not considered “threatened” or “endangered" and proven to be a sustainable industry.
What are the nutritional benefits of eating Texas Gulf Shrimp?
These low-fat, low-calorie, low-carb shrimp are a protein-rich food containing heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have found that shrimp are an excellent source of vitamins D and B12, as well as selenium, which may assist in cancer protection.
Is the American appetite for Texas Gulf Shrimp on the rise?
Americans eat more than a billion pounds of shrimp each year, making it the top-selling seafood in the United States, according to the National Fisheries Institute. Consumption has been on the rise an average of 33 million pounds a year every year since 1980. Easy to prepare, most fans prefer it sautéed, but it also can be grilled, boiled, fried, and steamed.
What is the Texas Shrimp Association?
The Texas Shrimp Association was formed to proactively address regulatory, environmental, educational, marketing and related issues that impact the shrimp-trawling industry. Both groups are committed to ensuring the viability of America’s domestic shrimp industry and raising public awareness about the quality and many nutritional benefits of Wild American Shrimp. TSA urges consumers to ask for Wild Caught Texas Gulf Shrimp that grow naturally and are certified to be a sustainable quality seafood.
Who heads the Texas Shrimp Association (TSA)?
Andrea Hance is the Executive Director of the Texas Shrimp Association. Originally a Fort Worth native, she relocated to South Texas 20 years ago. Her love of the outdoors and Texas Coast gives her the drive and dedication to overseeing the Texas Shrimping Industry which allows her a platform to educate consumers, work hand in hand with Texas lawmakers, press, environmental groups and the general public about the importance and protecting the Texas Shrimping Industry.
Mrs. Hance is a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics and Finance. Under her leadership, the industry remains sustainable, environmentally friendly, and provides a superior seafood product.
The Texas Shrimp Association is a non-profit 501-C6 organization.