The Gulf of Mexico Shrimp SR is comprised of the leading US shrimp processors and distributors (see the Participants tab for a full list). The participants have been instrumental in the launch and activity of the following fishery improvement projects in all five Gulf of Mexico states, covering nearly all shrimp harvest in the US Gulf of Mexico:
Alabama shrimp – small bottom trawl/skimmer nets
Gulf of Mexico northern pink shrimp – otter trawl
Louisiana shrimp – otter/skimmer trawl
US Texas shrimp – otter trawl
Wood’s Florida shrimp
The SR undertakes improvement actions that affect shrimp fisheries at a Gulf-wide scale (e.g., improving information on bycatch), while individual FIPs undertake improvement actions at the state or local level (e.g., boat-level gear inspections to ensure that turtle excluder devices are installed properly). While the US shrimp harvest is a relatively small portion of the worldwide production of large shrimp, this fishery is a leader in sustainability improvements and demonstrates best practices for wild shrimp fisheries around the world. For more information on current work being undertaken by the Supply Chain Roundtable, please see the Activity tab.
While wild caught-shrimp are not the main source of global supply in the large-shrimp sector, the US Gulf of Mexico shrimp fisheries (contributing only around 1 percent of global production in the sector) are an important source at the doorstep of one of the major markets for large shrimp: the United States.
The Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Supply Chain Roundtable thus focuses on shrimp fisheries in the US Gulf of Mexico, primarily those targeting white, brown, and pink shrimp.
Fisheries and/or FIPs Covered:
The following FIPs are supported and monitored:
For more details on the sustainability status of the fisheries, progress of the FIPs, and improvement recommendations, please follow this link.
Current Supply Chain Roundtable Participants include:
Bama Sea Products
Bayou Shrimp Processors, Inc.
Beaver Street Fisheries
Big Easy Foods
Biloxi Freezing & Processing, Inc.
Cox's Wholesale Seafood
Gulf Pride Enterprises
JBS Packing Company, Inc.
Lafitte Frozen Foods
Paul Piazza & Son, Inc.
A summary of SR progress and activities can be found here.
For 2020-2021, SFP has advised the Supply Chain Roundtable participants of the following improvement needs:
In September 2020, SR participants approved this 2020-2021 workplan, addressing all of the above-listed improvement needs, and participants committed to undertake at least one of the listed activities.
If you would like more information about the roundtable or wish to support it, please contact SFP.