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Penaeid shrimp (Bio)

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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 (Bio)

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.


Different terms are often used for the concept of organic fish. The best-known terms are Bio, Eko or Organic. Organic fish is always farmed in such a way that natural growth is encouraged.

Organic fish must meet the following requirements:

– There is a maximum number of fish per square metre
– The fish are given sufficient feed
– The water in which the fish swim is not enriched with oxygen
– No medicines or growth hormones are used
– Reproduction takes place in a natural way


Penaeid shrimp (Bio)

Penaeidae spp.


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Organic aquaculture of tropical shrimp combats a part of the negative impact of shrimp aquaculture. The chance of diseases is always present with shrimp aquaculture. The organic standard doesn’t use antibiotics and strictly regulates the use of medicines and chemicals. The feed use of shrimp is efficient. The ponds can be fertilized so that the shrimp can feed themselves with what grows in the ponds. When there is feed used in the organic aquaculture, then the ingredients need to be from a sustainable source which also needs to be fully traceable.


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.


There is fish available of this species that is farmed or caught using high welfare standards.


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.