In the name of shrimp (1)….guns and the Ecuadorian military..

In the wild west that was the shrimp farming industry in Ecuador back in the 1980’s shrimp seed was from the wild.

Going into mangrove swamps with large amount of $$, radio communications and guns was quite common. 

I was packing an MP-9 in 1984 and around $10,000 in cash one evening. Full moon was on and night work was better for buying in the mangroves – cooler. Went to the local whore house as it was the first place in town with beer after the roads had been washed away by the El Niño of 1982-3.  Military had curfew and we knew they would be coming to check at 10:00. But they came early! 

Everyone was being revised coming out of the cat house and when my bag was checked, oops, awkward moment. Two soldiers stuck guns into my belly and called over the boss. 

Did I have a licence? No! What was I doing with a sub-machine gun? Working in shrimp! Perhaps I could help the local military with their shrimp farming? Of course!

With conscription thousands of recruits were building shrimp ponds for the Ecuadorian military. Cheaper than using Caterpillar bulldozers – hahaha.

Could I help with some technical guidance? Of course I spent time helping the Ecuadorian military develop their shrimp farms. 


…aquaculture of algae…

Making algae affordable

Plans afoot in Oman here

Hopefully one day we will see shrimp in Oman. SPF vannamei not allowed but, hey, Black Tiger, would do well.

BBC News: Salmon farming giant Mowi probed over chemical use

When it gets to BBC News level then the shit has really hit the fan..

BBC News – Salmon farming giant Mowi probed over chemical use

To suck or not to suck….tales that relate.

Lets apply this to shrimp. Its not prawnographic but in Spain the market sells more of heads-on shrimp that any other offering.

However market research shows that when people eat out in Spain they are not so keen on head sucking. They prefer to do this in the privacy of their own homes. Main reason is risk of getting shrimp all over clothes and fingers.

Heads-on shrimp reflects a quality to discerning seafood markets like that of Spain that there has been no processing of the product and that the quality is of a higher standard.

Waiting for the definitive report.

Controlled study links processed food to increased calorie consumption | EurekAlert!

Interesting. NOVA classification used.

Even frozen & packaged shrimp are processed shrimp – but necessary for safety and preservation.

Ultra processed shrimp are those onwards from peeling and with additive use.

That’s a thought – maybe additives in processed foods causing increased calorie consumption.