Pink Shrimp Species

Farfantepenaeus duorarum

POPULATION

Above target population levels.

FISHING RATE

At recommended levels.

HABITAT IMPACTS

Gear restrictions, such as a weak-link in the tickler chain, are in place to protect bottom habitat from trawl gear.

BYCATCH

Regulations are in place to minimize bycatch.

AVAILABILITY

Year-round, with peaks in the winter.

SOURCE

U.S. wild-caught from North Carolina to Texas, but mainly from Florida.

TASTE

Flavorful and sweet.

TEXTURE

Tender.

COLOR

Raw shrimp meat is translucent pink to gray. When cooked, their shells are pinkish-red and their meat is pearly white with pink and red shadings.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Pink shrimp is low in saturated fat and is a very good source of protein, selenium, and vitamin B12.

Population Status

According to the 2016 stock assessment, the pink shrimp stock in the South Atlantic is not overfished and is not subject to overfishing.

According to the 2016 stock assessment, the pink shrimp stock in the Gulf of Mexico is not overfished and is not subject to overfishing.

Location

Pink shrimp are found from southern Chesapeake Bay to the Florida Keys and around the coast of the Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan south of Cabo Catoche, Mexico. They’re most abundant off southwestern Florida and the southeastern Gulf of Campeche.

Habitat

Pink shrimp are commonly found on sand, sand-shell, or coral-mud bottoms.

Young shrimp live and grow in nursery areas with marsh grasses in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. These grassy areas offer abundant food and shelter.

As pink shrimp grow, they migrate seaward to deeper, saltier water. They travel primarily at night, especially around dusk, and bury themselves in the bottom substrate during the day.

Smaller pink shrimp remain in estuaries during winter and bury themselves deep in the sand or mud to protect themselves from the cold temperatures.

Physical Description

Pink shrimp are crustaceans with 10 slender, relatively long walking legs and five pairs of swimming legs, located on the front surface of the abdomen.

They typically have a dark-colored spot on each side between their third and fourth abdominal segments. Their tail usually has a dark blue band (rather than the purplish band found on brown shrimp).

Their carapace is grooved.

Part of their shell is a well-developed, toothed rostrum that extends to or beyond the outer edge of the eyes.