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Penaeid shrimp (BAP ****)

Quality mark Cultivation
/Keurmerk Wild
Second choice
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Shrimp is a type of crustaceans with elonged bodies and a primarily swimming mode of locomotion. Under the broader definition, shrimp may be synonymous with prawn. Covering the stalk-eyed swimming crustaceans with long muscular tails long whiskers and slender legs. Any small crustaceans that resemble a shrimp are called one. The habitat of the shrimp covers all waters, near the shore, rivers, lakes and in the deep sea. There are several types of shrimp on the dutch market. Wild shrimps from colder waters like the brown shrimp and the northern prawn are in general a bit smaller. Big shrimps or prawns also referred to as ‘gamba’, are most often imported from tropical areas, where they are farmed.

Penaeid shrimp (BAP ****)

Penaid shrimp or penaid prawn are the most commonly used names for shrimp or prawn species from the tropical waters in the Indian Ocean, belonging to the Penaeidae family. Shrimp or prawns belonging to this family are often labelled as ‘penaeidae’. This can include many different commercial shrimp species, such as the whiteleg shrimp, tiger prawn, Atlantic white shrimp and Indian prawn. It is unclear which shrimp species from the Indian Ocean is labelled as penaid shrimp or tropical shrimp.

Peanaid shrimp from tropical waters should not be confused with other shrimp species that are labelled as pink shrimp, such as the northern prawn, pink shrimp (oregon shrimp) or the aesop shrimp.

BAP**** (4 star)

BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices) is a certification program. The BAP program covers various aspects of sustainability, including environmental, social, food safety and animal health and welfare. For a BAP-certified product with four stars, all locations need to be certified throughout the production chain: the hatchery, the farm, the feed mill and the processor.

Penaeid shrimp (BAP ****)

Penaeidae spp.


Farming- / Catch method

Pond systems intensive

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Final assessment
Explanation assessment

This assessment is only for shrimp with the BAP**** certifictation. Ask the salesman whether this shrimp has this certification

Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) is an international certification program with performance standards for the whole aquaculture supply chain. The program targets sustainable production but also social responsibility.

BAP****  relates to the whole supply chain, from the production of the feed to the farming of the shrimp. There are BAP**** shrimp for sale of the species whiteleg shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) and tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon).


ASC label

Fish with the ASC label is farmed in a sustainable manner.

MSC label

Fish with the MSC label is caught sustainably.

Good fish

This fish is not being overfished or is being responsibly farmed, with minimal impact on the environment.

Second choice

This fish is a second choice. There are still some improvements to be made in this fishery or fish farm.


Do not buy this fish. It's being overfished or the way it's farmed or caught has a negative impact on the environment.


This fish is unwillingly caught while fishing for a different species. They are underused and should be eaten more.


GlobalG.A.P. certified farms are doing a step in the right direction in terms of sustainability. A few species with this label are getting a better score on the VISwijzer.


Organic standards are the strictest when it comes to fish feed. They also require certain measures for animal well-being.

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