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.