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Species

Meet Shrimp

Thousands of shrimp species can be found across the world – and in the Gulf, you'll find plenty of variety. Our warm waters are home to species such as the white shrimp, pink shrimp, brown shrimp, and rock shrimp.

Although shrimp have exoskeletons that make them appear similar to lobsters and crabs, shrimp are unique because they prefer to swim rather than walk. Depending on the species, shrimp can range from 1 to 10 inches in size and come in a wide range of colors and patterns.

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Nutrition

Shrimp are a low-calorie source of protein, and are high in nutrients like vitamin B12, selenium, and choline. They're also a good source of omega-3 fats. Shrimp are often served boiled (without butter or oil), but are also commonly served deep-fried, grilled, and pan-fried.

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Species Types

Brown Shrimp
Brown shrimp are found along the Gulf's nutrient-rich bottom floors, where they mostly rest during the day and swim around at night. Brown shrimp can grow up to 9.5 inches long, and their most unique feature is the large groove on their backside. Brown shrimp are darker in color than other shrimp species and sometimes have specks of green or red on their tails.

Brown shrimp are found year-round in all the Gulf states and are especially abundant in Texas and Louisiana. Brown shrimp have a firm texture and strong flavor.

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White Shrimp
The Gulf supplies about 90% of the white shrimp harvested in the US. White shrimp are mostly found in the shallow waters near the coast, and often live alongside groups of brown shrimp. White shrimp can grow up to about 8 inches long, and are light grey in color. Their antennae are longer than most other Gulf shrimp species'.

White shrimp are available year-round, with a peak season from May through September. This shrimp species is prized for its tender texture and mild, sweet flavor.

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Pink Shrimp
You'll find the majority of the Gulf's pink shrimp population swimming along the shores of Florida. Although pink shrimp are available year-round, peak season is during the winter months. During this time, pink shrimp typically bury themselves in the Gulf floor during the day (to stay warm and avoid predators) and swim around at night. Like brown shrimp, pink shrimp have a grooved backside. Their tails typically feature dark blue tips, and their abdomens have a single dark spot.

Pink shrimp are tender in texture and sweet in taste. They're perfect for frying, grilling, and boiling.

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Rock Shrimp
Rock shrimp are a deep-water species found throughout the Gulf. This unique species is translucent in color and can grow up to 4 inches long. Rock shrimp are found in select areas across the Gulf, and peak in season from July to November.

Rock shrimp are named for their firm, durable shells that set them apart from other shrimp species in the Gulf. The large tails of rock shrimp resemble the tails of lobsters; and in fact, rock shrimp meat tastes similar to lobster meat, too.

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