The word Shrimp comes from the Middle English word ‘shrimpe’ which means pygmy.  Shrimp as a food source dates as far back as the 7th century where there is record of Shrimp being mentioned as a stable part of the East Aisn diet in the journals of Marco Polo.  In America shrimp consumption goes back to the 17th century in Louisianna, where bayou residents used seines up to 600 ft to harvest shrimp.

Currently the US harvests over a half million pounds of shrimp for themselves and imports another 200 million pounds a year.  We are the leading producer of shrimp in the world.  There are about 2,000 species of shrimp in the world, but only 5 species from the Gulf of Mexico that are harvested commercially.  These species include: Pink, White, Brown, Royal Red, and Rock shrimp.