What Is Aquaculture?
Aquaculture is the cultivation and production of aquatic animals and plants for consumption. Acting as agriculture’s futuristic cousin, aquaculture is extremely valuable for maintaining and servicing an ever-growing demand for seafood around the world.
If you purchase or consume shrimp regularly, you’re likely already familiar with aquaculture (or at least its products). Over 85 percent of all shrimp consumed in the United States is farm-raised.
Shrimp, one of the world’s most popular aquaculture products in terms of production and exports, is already ahead of the trend. But aquaculture will likely soon be the driving production force behind most – if not all – seafood products.
Due to rampant overfishing, some estimates indicate that our oceans and inland waters could be dry of most fish by the year 2050 if wild fish stocks are not more closely managed. Demand for seafood, however, is trending up, even as supply in the ocean is threatened.
The answer, according to environmentalists, scientists, nutritionists and more, is aquaculture. Carefully cultivated farming operations around the world will play an increasingly crucial part in keeping accessible seafood on our plates for decades to come.
Ensuring an accessible supply of healthy and safe seafood, however, doesn’t lie just in rampant aquaculture production, but sustainable aquaculture production. Currently, shrimp production in some corners of the world creates environmental waste runoff and relies on mangrove destruction and costly feeding practices. Food safety, animal welfare, traceability, and the use of antibiotics or GMOs are all valid concerns often raised when discussing the rise of aquaculture.
In Ecuador, all shrimp producers are governed by a national bodies as well as global partnerships to ensure compliance to sustainability throughout all stops on the supply chain.
We do our best to build on these efforts by importing directly from the leading producers and processing with precision automation in our own domestic facility. Together, we believe this creates a new standard in transparency and social responsibility as it pertains to farm-raised shrimp consumed in the US.