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Dec 27, 2013 04:46 PM

Is this the end of shrimp?

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  1. "All you can eat" restaurants are a monument for Amercans' selfishness and greed. The sooner they all go out of business the better. Let there be artisanal restaurant with more fusion dishes.

    1. After reading that, I found myself wishing that I'd cooked the shrimp for our Christmas lunch a minute or two more!

      AYCE restaurants are far from the biggest consumers, at least out here in L.A. County. The San Gabriel Valley is wall-to-Great Wall with Asian seafood places, mostly Chinese, and if it swims they'll sell it. Shrimp is a major ingredient, either as individual shrimp or as part of a sauce or stuffing. It's also a major market item for both Asians and Mexicans, and of course the rest of us as well. The shrimp I referenced above was 21-25 count EZ-Peel, bought from Ralphs (Kroger affiliate) at $7.99/lb. That's been their limited-time sale price for those bugs for the past several years, but of course they make it up elsewhere.

      1. Not the end of shrimp, just the end of AYCE shrimp. Prices will rise, AYCE will go away because of the economics.

        One does worry that the Asian shrimp farmers will throw antibiotics into the pond to stave off disease. That would be a bad idea.

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        1. re: sal_acid

          While all politics are local, so is all good eating.

          I know you can't get local shrimp like I can here in Louisiana, but I can't get lobster or mussels from the guy down the block like some of you can. Or rhubarb when I get the yen, or fresh apples and cider right out of the press.

          Aquaculture can work but one must be very careful and lose regulations and greed don't go well with being careful.

          1. re: sal_acid

            Like they haven't been doing that for years?

            1. re: sal_acid

              I haven't had a cold since eating Asian farm raised shrimp.

              1. re: scubadoo97

                Oh if only that were true! I'd be pigging out every winter.

            2. I think consumers are way too ignorant about supply and demand, and the chain of procurement including whatever issues are currently in the forefront. I really wish Red Lobster and the rest would reply honestly to these people, and educate them a bit, instead of trying to hide it.

              However most shrimp is farmed so I don't think this is the end, at all. The issue seems to be that consumers think it is a give away item.

              1. This is the 1st I've heard of the crisis. On Christmas Eve day I went to our local seafood store to pickup the 3 pounds of cleaned and cooked shrimp that I ordered a week in advance for our Christmas day dinner that was slated to have 13 people dining together. The shrimp was an appetizer. No one at the seafood store made any comment about the shortage.

                Maybe if the shrimp farmers literally clean up their act, the shrimp crisis will be ended. However, when the price of something has dramatically increased, it rarely decreases to a reasonable cost.

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                1. re: ChiliDude

                  I'd be willing to pay more for a higher quality or less-diseased product. Just my take on it.