Supply Chain Roundtable

US Gulf of Mexico Shrimp

The US Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Supply Chain Roundtable (SR) focuses on monitoring sustainability status and issues in US shrimp fisheries and drives further improvements. The SR is composed of the leading US shrimp processors and distributors.

The SR undertakes improvement actions 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). 

The  SR focuses on shrimp fisheries in the US Gulf of Mexico, primarily those targeting white, brown, and pink shrimp. The US shrimp harvest is a relatively small portion of the worldwide production of large shrimp. However, this fishery is a leader in sustainability improvements and demonstrates best practices for wild shrimp fisheries around the world. 

The US Gulf of Mexico shrimp industry has made vast improvements over the last 15 years, including stock monitoring, bycatch reduction, area closures, and sea turtle nesting enhancement projects. 

Click here to see a list of all SR members.

Sector Snapshot

5 US Gulf of Mexico Shrimp FIPs

12 Roundtable Participating Companies

96 % US Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Production Improving

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To join the Supply Chain Roundtable or for more information, please contact Megan Westmeyer or call SFP at 1-808-726-2582. 

Q1 2022 Update:

  • Gulf of Mexico Shrimp SR participants began to reach out to members of the Gulf Council’s Shrimp Advisory (AP) on the need for a more explicit harvest control in the shrimp fishery. These discussions will continue over the next few months. 
  • The SR met via webinar in March. A short meeting report is available here. The most significant result from this meeting was the significant interest from SR participants in entering the MSC and/or RFM certification programs this year. 
  • To view the full history of this SR’s activities click here

Sector Background

Currently, about 7 percent of global large shrimp production is considered sustainable or improving. The large shrimp sector includes farmed shrimp, wild warmwater shrimp, and larger coldwater shrimp such as Argentine red shrimp and spot prawns. Species are typically larger than 100 shrimp per pound in body size. About two-thirds of global large shrimp production is farmed. 

Although 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 near the United States, one of the major markets for large shrimp. 

Activity & Workplan

For 2022, SFP has advised the Supply Chain Roundtable participants that it is time to consider completing the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp FIPs and possibly entering MSC or RFM certification, if required by the market. There is substantial interest from SR participants to pursue one or both certifications, thus entrance to a certification program will be the focus for 2022.

Join This Roundtable

To join the Supply Chain Roundtable or for more information, please contact Megan Westmeyer or call SFP at 1-808-726-2582.