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Feb 14, 2013 03:27 PM

How do we know it's wild caught shrimp? [moved from Los Angeles board]

I just bought some wild caught shrimp, 1 lb. for about 13-14 bucks. I avoided Costco farm raised, because it's farm raised, but good.

So, how do i know that the seller is really selling me wild caught as opposed to farm raised. a chain store has more inspections, I would think. but a mom and pop joint can tell me anything. This is a very respected mom and pop grocery, mentioned many times on this forum.
I haven't cooked them yet. Just curious.

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  1. They should be required to tell you, and it also should be labeled properly. At least, that's the legal way here in the Gulf of Mexico. I would think it would be in California?

    What color are they?

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    1. re: chloebell

      Gray. I asked and they said from the CA gulf side.

    2. No clue.

      Yesterday I bought some $3 "wild-caught halibut" filets. I'm thinking: there's no f'ing way, especially because it's a Korean market. Rang it up, the POS said "rex sole".

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      1. re: TonyC

        I recently saw fresh Mexican halibut in the market, but it was around $30/lb, because the season has just started.

      2. More important than wild-caught may be country of origin. Recently I have seen so-called wild-caught shrimp from both India and China. Before things changed in the Catholic Church and Mass was brought into the vernacular there used to be an Irish saying when one suspected mendacity, "He will say anything---if he knew the Latin he would say Mass". Think of the claims on foreign-originating seafood and suspect accordingly.

        1. How do we know it's wild caught shrimp?

          Catch it yourself.

          1. Spot prawns are wild-caught. It would be far too expensive and prohibitively difficult to farm-raise them.

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            1. re: bulavinaka

              Where do get spot prawns in the SFV, and do you cook them like shrimp?

              1. re: dennis7490

                Spot prawns are a deep water species found along the Pacific Coast. The lion's share of the catch (and then some) are sold to markets and restaurants that cater to the Chinese communities.

                I saw Spot Prawns at 99 Ranch in San Gabriel last weekend for about $27/lb. They are only sold live. 99 Ranch has a store in Van Nuys but I don't know the stock Spot Prawns. If you're still interested, read up on their prep cautions and requirements - lots of info available online.