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

Beach Seafood Mission

Dennis Henderson

Owner Dennis Henderson is serious about safe seafood and the American shrimp industry as a whole. “People don’t realize this is a 70 million dollar industry.”

90% of the shrimp sold in the United States is imported.
The disparate and unequal rules of international trade allow the “dumping” of farm-raised foreign imports into the U.S. markets. This has adverse economic impact on the fishermen, their families, their boats and all associated businesses, from packing houses and trucking companies to distribution centers.

Most imported shrimp:

  • Are fed flour based foods, which is why they lack flavor
  • Grow in ponds with as many as 35 different antibiotics and chemicals
  • Escape inspection

Much of it is turned away to be sold elsewhere.

Food & Water Watch is a group that “works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced.” In their article Suspicious Shrimp, they wrote “crowded shrimp are sick shrimp.”

“In an attempt to stave off disease, shrimp in many foreign farms are given daily doses of antibiotics, either mixed in with feed pellets, dumped directly into pond water or both.

Oxytetracycline and ciprofloxacin, both of which are used to treat human infections, are two of the most common drugs in shrimp farming. The use of chloramphenicol, penicillin and other antibiotics pose serious health risks, such as susceptibility to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, to consumers if residues of the drugs remain in the shrimp.”
Read the whole article or download the PDF at:
http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/reports/suspicious-shrimp/
Link retrieved 6/19/13

Why buy American?

Wild caught American shrimp:

  • Pass stringent inspections
  • Are carefully monitored by the U.S. government
  • Are sweet and flavorful because they eat a natural diet of plankton and plant or animal based organic materials

For many fishermen, shrimping is a trade that has been passed down through the generations.When you buy wild caught shrimp, you are supporting the fishing industries of eight southern states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.

 

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