Many foreign shrimp farms utilize open systems, or large un-covered pens that leave their stock vulnerable to infections, pollution, and predation. Because the farms are overstocked, harmful diseases spread frequently and rapidly through schools of shrimp. To combat this problem, many growers pre-treat shrimp with pharmaceuticals like the antibiotics Chloramphenicol, linked to the lethal blood disorder human aplastic anemia, and Nitrofuranzone, a known carcinogen. These are just two of many drugs used to treat shrimp that have such destructive side effects they are currently banned in the United States. Florida Organic Aquaculture, however, utilizes a bio-secure, closed-loop system that allows shrimp to grow naturally, without harmful chemical additives.
Shockingly, the health-degrading properties of imported shrimp aren’t the only harmful addition they bring to the table. Foreign shrimp farms are often established on the coastline, and are partly responsible for destroying almost 40% of our world’s essential mangrove ecosystems. As a natural coastal buffer, mangroves help prevent soil erosion and provide a barrier against devastating storms like hurricanes and typhoons. Mangrove forests also absorb and convert more environmentally harmful carbon dioxide than any other ecosystem on our planet. These essential mangrove habitats provide a vital home to juvenile fish, crab, and shrimp populations, as well as numerous plants and bird species. Unlike open pen systems, Florida Organic Aquaculture is land-based and covers ground previously used for farming. Our recirculating water system continuously monitors and treats water quality, thereby virtually eliminating the harmful waste associated with open-pen shrimp farms.