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Basic relevant information about shrimp!
Penaus vannamei, white shrimp
Native species of Guatemala and the Américas
Today, the most common species for shrimp from aquaculture production (pond breeding, not fishing) is P. vannamei, white shrimp, which is native to the Americas. This is the variety we produce in Guatemala and the most common today in the world
Aquaculture production systems
Efficient and sustainable shrimp production
Shrimp production through sustainable aquaculture in controlled environments, farms near the sea with ponds and state-of-the-art technology, is one of the most efficient ways to produce this important protein. Did you know that today Guatemala, thanks to its high technification in the industry with intensive systems and specialized human capital, is one of the most efficient and productive countries in the world in the production of shrimp per hectare! The Acuamaya company produces all its export shrimp in 3 farms located on the Pacific Ocean coast.
Photo: Finca La Danta, Acuamaya, Guatemala
Special characteristics differentiate the shrimp from Guatemala
Volcanic soils = dark natural color and delicious taste
Guatemalan shrimp benefits from special conditions thanks to the volcanic soil that is loaded with nutrients and minerals. These conditions give it unique characteristics such as a darker natural color, which when cooked you get a more intense red color. Additionally, it develops a delicious flavor with slightly sweeter tones, both characteristics differentiate the shrimp from Guatemala in the world and satisfy the most demanding palates.
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The 5 major shrimp producers worldwide
Among the 5 largest shrimp producers globally in 2019 are Ecuador (with + -600 thousand MT), India, China, Thailand and Vietnam. These countries have large areas of land suitable for aquaculture production together with businessmen and governments committed to the development of their sectors, representing one of the engines of the development of their economies and societies.
In Guatemala we are a small country in scale in the global market, but large in the creativity, innovation and passion of our teams, which has allowed us to develop one of the most efficient and productive shrimp aquaculture industries in the world (production lb / ha)
Source: FAO & GOAL Data
Aquaculture's high production efficiency
Production from aquaculture (Salmon & Shrimp) is more efficient (FCR) vs other protein sources
Different sources of animal protein in our diet impose different demands on natural resources. One measure of this is the FCR "food conversion rate": an estimate of the food required to gain a pound of body mass. According to this measure, growing salmon and shrimp is approximately seven times more efficient than raising beef.
Aquaculture Production is essential to feed the world!
Aquaculture is essential to meet the food needs of the rapidly growing global population
This graph clearly shows the population growth trend and with this the demand for protein from aquaculture products, estimated at 94 million metric tons by 2030. What is obtained from fishing in the ocean has reached its limit and it is declining, so the only viable alternative is the production (of fish, shrimp and other marine species) through sustainable aquaculture. That is why in Guatemala, there is a group of committed producers, who make up the Aquaculture and Fisheries Sector in AGEXPORT, working for the sustainable development of the industry
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Well known Guatemalan Chef who promotes recipes utilizing native ingredients from Guatemala