Argentina red shrimp party over as farmed product floods China, European market | Undercurrent News

Reads like Seafood News Media being used to talk down prices from demand side.

As I only do the headline news bit – unless I can get in – then I wonder where the sources are from?

Certainly in Southern Europe if you sold langostinos ( farmed shrimp) as gambas (ocean caught) you would run into severe mislabelling laws and subsequently illegal activities.

While in UK or Northern European jargon “shrimp” is a catchall phrase….rest of Europe bit wiser.

Red Argentinean lies in a complete different segment in the countries where the real volumes move.

….and now with new value added pricessing capabilities and a rapid rise in quality (Pescanova bigotes advertising) USA is a huge potential market…the rest..

….well let them eat cake!

A move to my own Shrimp Blog

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I have been posting on a restricted Yahoo Shrimp Farming Group site for the past 20 years.

I put up posts of subjects I find of interest related to shrimp aquaculture.

This blog and post sites will help me keep track of information I find – so links to internet information will be strong part.

Will occasionally add in some comments and some rambling.

Target posts related to shrimp 30 per month minimum.

Firmly fixed in trends and futures but looking to archive history stretching back to 1983.

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p. Vannamei (White Pacific) Shrimp Welfare and Biodiversity rating proposal.

One being best….On behalf of the SLF – Shrimp Liberation Front…for those that remember..and also for those that don’t.

1. RAS, bio-secure containment system. Any location. Genetically managed specific for human consumption. SPF and local species allowed if fished in wild. Optimal culture and welfare conditions for specific bred shrimp in space, feed and harvest. Ag-tech organic best sub field.

2. Extensively grown Pacific coast where indigenous
low density…low or no feeding, tidal.

3. Semi intensively grown Pacific coast where indigenous
Certified by private certification organisations to a marketing standard. Set standards.

In 2007 a US educated great Dane of the UK shrimp industry once told me, as he rolled his eyes back into his head – was he trying to read his brain I thought? Is this how photographic memories work?…..and he had one ,

“The UK retailers all want aspirational, so let’s start by giving them set certified shrimp standards. We need to work with a certification organisation to help them to develop shrimp market led standards. As aspirational becomes reality we support standards developments with more aspirational targets that we agree with our customers to pursue. I want you to develop our Masterclass to present, and we need aspirational

So the Aquaculture Certification Council was contacted. CFW ACC story later on here. Note no ASC. USFDA HACCP is model.

4. Semi intensively grown exotic in clay ponds.

Basically SE Asia but includes rest of world outside pacific Mexico to Northern Peru.

5. Intensive grown in Pacific region with liners.

Pacific Mexico to Northern Peru but no substrate for molting in natural state.

6. Grown with liners exotic.

As point 5 but associated also in market with visions of mangrove destruction and use of chemicals and antibiotics.

add in aspirational

Why India went down vannamei route

I don’t have scientific proof for this but I was involved in setting up a frozen meal kit station in Kerala, India back in 2005.

Helped in things like selecting appropriate processing equipment for dicing local vegetables, NPD, even had a go at making one with the local paratha bread. Could not get the right spin on it though 🙂 

Frozen skillet meal kits based on shrimp were being made for US markets. 

Blanched and frozen shrimp, color soaked with beetroot dye of course and blanched for food safety quality assurance – which is more or less same as reason cannot buy raw crayfish tails out of China!  

Shrimp from local fisheries already big US salad shrimp business out of India. 

Of course back in the day and before my time shrimp out of India used to be canned. Just like pineapples.

Local shrimp in meal kit was later discarded for imported frozen vannamei as more a shrimp US markets are used to. Then push was made for local vannamei source – which meant India had to get into vannamei shrimp farming.

We used local vegetable all found in higher elevations inland. Diced and frozen.
Frozen sauces in cubes and pasta initially from Italy but moved to lower cost commodity pricing out of Argentina with fx advantages

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