That’s right – the most consumed seafood in North America is being raised responsibly in our own backyard by our Feast On friends at Planet Shrimp in Aylmer, Ontario.
Until recently, the vast majority of the shrimp that is consumed in Ontario is frozen, coming from outdoor farms in Asia or other warm climate water regions.
Unfortunately, there are hundreds of thousands of foreign shrimp producers so it is difficult to know where this shrimp is coming from and how it is farmed. What’s more, some foreign shrimp farms are linked to over-fishing of other species for feed, pollution, overuse of chemicals and even human trafficking.
There is good news on the horizon though. As a Feast On Preferred Purveyor and an Ocean Wise endorsed aquaculture facility, Planet Shrimp is changing the sustainable seafood game. What’s amazing is that in Ontario’s unpredictable climate, Planet Shrimp can produce Pacific White shrimp all year-round.
They have massive indoor salt-water facilities with bio-filtered water (that is recycled every 90 minutes!) and zero added chemicals, growth hormones or antibiotics. This results in disease-free, healthy and oh so tasty shellfish.
In addition to providing chefs with locally-raised seafood, Planet Shrimp is committed to reducing their environmental footprint and maintaining sustainable practices. How un-shellfish of them!
We can’t wait to see more of this Ontario-raised shrimp on our plates in the future.