17650 San Carlos Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
(239) 454-0221

About Our Shrimp

Since the 1950s shrimp connoisseurs have considered pink shrimp – Penaeusduorarum – among the sweetest harvested in the United States. Other Gulf species include brown shrimp, white shrimp and Apalachicola hoppers – another type of pink fort myers beach shrimp.

For decades, the San Carlos shrimp fleet has offloaded more pinks than any other fleet in Florida.

How we harvest wild-caught Fort Myers Beach shrimp

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Shrimp are harvested year-round. One trawler is typically manned by three fishermen, including a captain and a rig man. The trawlers head out for one week to one month, with journeys that may take them from Key West to Brownsville, Texas.

While shrimp can be found everywhere from the shallows to deep waters, crews avoid fragile nurseries in favor of deeper waters with larger, more mature shrimp. (Shrimp reproduce quickly, making them a totally sustainable, renewable resource.)

Time of day is a consideration as well. While it’s unusual to catch pink shrimp on a full moon, bright nights are the best time to catch Texas brown shrimp; white shrimp are harvested in the daytime.

Shrimp are flash frozen, rapidly making the transformation from live shrimp from warm Gulf waters to frozen blocks that are kept at 40 degrees below zero in the trawler’s hold.

A haul of 20,000 pounds is considered a good trip. Most of the harvest is shipped north to discriminating grocery stores – like Kroger – that want to do the right thing; that is, sell fresh, chemical-free seafood.

Very little is sold to restaurants because there is more profit in cheap, chemically treated pond raised imports from China and Asia. (See Mission.)

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