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Issue 56 : October 2014  
Ecuadorian Shrimp Moves Up In The Ranks

The Monterrey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program upgraded Ecuadorian farmed shrimp to a yellow ranking, making it a 'Good Alternative' in the Seafood Guide.


This is the first time that Ecuadorian shrimp has been listed in the Seafood Watch list. This recognition is the result of over 50 years of improvements in the Ecuadorian shrimp sector, which is now characterized as a "high tech, low intensity industry". 


At Tropical, we partner with Chanduy, a vertically integrated Ecuadorian shrimp farm, which has been family owned since 1976. This farm produces the Blue Foot White Shrimp we supply to the US market.
The following practices are employed at Chanduy and are also included in the Seafood Watch Yellow Ranking Report:
  • Shrimp feeds in Ecuador are used sparingly and contain low levels of fishmeal and oil.
  • Young shrimp are not taken from the wild, which "improves disease resistance". 
  • Shrimp are raised in a low-density environment to avoid overcrowding and promote good health.
  • As a result of low-density farming, Blue Foot White Shrimp are raised free of hormones, antibiotics, or other contaminants.

In fact, Chanduy's shrimp production has been key in the Ecuadorian shrimp industry. They are pioneers who developed an integrated reproduction program and were the first shrimp producers to stop capturing wild larvae. 


Jointly, we are committed to delivering world-class shrimp while maintaining a healthy farming habitat and its surrounding environment. The Swiss-based Institute of Marketecology (IMO) validates Chanduy's practices as responsible and sustainable. In addition, for every pound of Blue Foot White Shrimp sold, a donation is made to the Charles Darwin Foundation to support the conservation of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands.


Blue Foot White Shrimp are constantly harvested and processed, and flown fresh, directly into major US ports in less than 24 hours of harvest - it doesn't get any fresher! 


This shrimp is recognized for its unique succulent, sweet flavor and crisp texture and is available as: 


5 lb. Styrofoam Box
10 lb. Styrofoam Box
8 lb. Tub

Shell-On EZ Peel

Peel & Deveined (P&D)
P&D Tail-On

Click here to learn more about our shrimp program. 


So, this holiday season turn to Tropical to fulfill your fresh shrimp needs and experience the culinary excellence of responsibly farmed shrimp while contributing to an important cause. 


Contact us today to place your order! 

(800) 277 - 3459

Making a Difference in Ecuador

This month, our partner shrimp producer, Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila (IPSP), located in Ecuador, made a donation of chairs and tables to the "Medalla Milagrosa" school, located in the Ecuadorian municipality of Martha de Roidos. 


The donation to "Medalla Milagrosa" school provides the necessary equipment to operate the school. The school stimulates early childhood development and provides a safe environment for the local children.


IPSP's donation is part of their ongoing social effort to build healthy Ecuadorian communities.  They offer safe employment opportunities with regular training and health care  to their employees and families. 

GOAL 2014 - Ho Chi Minh City

For the eighth consecutive year; Tropical was proud to support the Global Aquaculture Alliance's (GAA) "Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership in Vietnam's Aquaculture Industry" (GOAL) conference that took place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam earlier this month. 


GOAL 2014 invited the industry to be part of the responsible aquaculture discussion and learn directly from the industry's leaders. The conference featured three days of analysis and information revolving around this year's theme, "Celebrating Leadership", presented by nearly 50 presenters and panelists. 


At this year's conference attendees discussed topics including:

  • Disease Risk Management
  • Leadership and Innovation
  • Food Safety
  • Aqua Feed Sustainability
  • Aquaculture Insurance and Risk Management
  • Market Place Accessibility

Q: When was National Seafood Month Established? 
A: The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) launched National Seafood Awareness week in the 1940s as a week-long event to promote seafood sales. By the late 1950s, it evolved into a promotional event extending the entire month of October, thus creating a National Seafood Month. October was initially chosen because it was a slow period for seafood sales.
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Staff Notes

This month Beatriz Gomez, Marketing Manager, celebrated her 5th year anniversary with the Tropical team! Thank you for your hard work and congratulations! 

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