Nature uses every bit of the Sun’s energy captured by plants, algae and bacteria to create life. Agua Blanca Seafood of Oaxaca, Mexico, follows this basic understanding, process of nature, to redefine the limits of what’s possible in the production of fresh Mexican shrimp. In order to grow one ton of shrimp, “Conventional shrimp farming needs 70 times more space and more than 500 times more water than we do. Water at conventional farms is also then discharged into the surrounding environment, creating instability in the ecosystem. In contrast, Agua Blanca maintains a zero discharge (recirculating aquaculture) system in fully-lined ponds that leave our farm site as clean as we found it. The shrimp are raised in land-based ponds surrounded by fields used for peanut cultivation and green space. Agua Blanca produces no negative impact to nearby coastal waters, as shrimp receive only water, air, food, sunshine, and lots of attention paid to their microscopic companions to keep them and their environment in peak condition.”
Agua Blanca Shrimp
Fresh Pacific White Water Shrimp
Tasting notes, characteristics
Results are in: there is no better tasting fresh shrimp! There is one recurring theme among those who try this wonderful shrimp: “This is the sweetest shrimp I’ve ever tasted.” It is a premium, superior quality shrimp. The texture is firm, snaps when eaten fresh and uncooked (that’s right - try fresh!), tastes sweet, like the sea, and smells fresh as the ocean. When cooked it turns bright orange, caramelizes perfectly, and needs very little seasoning (oil, butter, salt if desired). Another characteristic: when you receive this shrimp, it has a nearly 2 week shelf life. Of course, you would want to eat/serve it immediately, but if business should slow, unexpectedly, you can freeze gallons of this peeled and deveined shrimp and defrost when needed. You won’t notice the difference. It’s perfect!
BioFloc, Next Generation Technology: increased proficiency, increased quality
Biofloc aquaculture is a recirculating, highly aerated, closed-loop pond system producing high volumes of shrimp while using fewer resources than conventional farming. It relies on creating a complex probiotic environment (measured 300 times daily by farmers), both nourishes the shrimp while decreasing any negative impacts.
- No Antibiotics or hormones are ever used
- Our state-of-the-art Biofloc systems keep our shrimp healthy naturally.
- Our ponds are filled once: The water is circulated, aerated and reused during the growth of the shrimp. After harvest, the flocs are settled out from the pond water, which is then sanitized and reused back in the pond for the next grow-out.
- Reduced dependency on fishmeal. Shrimp farmed in a biofloc system are found to need ⅓ < less feed than conventionally farmed shrimp. This is thanks to the converting of the nitrogen to usable microbial protein for the shrimp.
- Greater Biosecurity: We rigorously monitor our ponds, taking 360 measurements each day, monitoring oxygen, feed levels, sugars and other water conditions, all in our effort to produce the tastiest shrimp.
The future is traceability: sourcing seafood in the near future will change.
A key factor in feeling good about the integrity of the products you buy, especially seafood, is the transparency and traceability of the supply chain. We keep ours short. As soon as our shrimp are harvested, they’re processed on-site in a purpose-built facility. The shrimp are packed fresh — and never frozen or treated with chemicals — and are on their way, delivered to the US less than 48 hours from harvest. The packaging they are placed in at the farm is the same packaging that is delivered to your kitchen. Lastly, being open to third-party audits holds the farm to a higher standard than commodity farmed products, where only minimum government standards apply. As can be readily seen, transparency is very important to our mission. Enjoy!!
Availability and Pack Information
Pack Size: 8 lb gallons/5 per case