Pacific pink or ocean shrimp are considered the real "shrimps" of the shrimp world with 100 to 160 whole shrimp weighing one pound. By focusing on three main principles – fish stock health, fishery management and the fishery's effect on the ecosystem – our shrimp fishery was the first in the world to earn eco-friendly certification.
Fast-growing and short-lived and with high reproductive output, the Pacific pink shrimp is inherently resilient to fishing pressure. Where most of the fisheries for this species harvest use damaging bottom trawls, our Pacific pink shrimp fishery has adopted modified semi-pelagic trawl gear designed to avoid contact with the sea floor and significantly reduce the capture of non-target species by using a Bycatch Reduction Device (BRD) known as the Oregon Grate. Developed through a collaborative program between the fishery and the Oregon Department of Fish and Game and its Marine Research Program, the Oregon Grate keeps the Pacific pink shrimp in the net while allowing fish to escape guided by either rigid aluminum grids or soft panels through a large opening at the top of the net.
The season for Pacific pink shrimp is open from April 1 to October 31 to avoid taking the emerging young shrimp from the December to March reproductive cycle. The fleet works together to locate the highest densities and largest sizes and fishes during the day when the Pacific pink shrimp migrate off the bottom to feed. Pacific pink shrimp has a distinctive snap in texture and a relatively mild sweet taste.