Shrimp Farming in Costa Rica
Ecos Shrimp Group is an organic shrimp farming company based in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. With six farms and 180 collaborators, the business faithfully believes that innovation in the food industry can go hand in hand with sustainability. This is achieved using certified organic processes without the use of fertilizers, chemicals, antibiotics or hormones.
With over 20 years in the shrimp business, Ecos Shrimp Group is pleased to bring you these brief facts about this best-loved seafood in Costa Rica:
Why shrimp production in Costa Rica?
- We believe that many customers prefer shrimp from a country with strong environmental and labor regulation, guaranteeing a sustainable and socially responsible product.
- There are a total of 1,400 hectares of shrimp farms in Costa Rica. Our group owns/operates about 50% of it.
Challenges to overcome
- Automation of processes allows us to improve our productions with renewable energy.
- A diversified product line enables multichannel business expansion.
- We sell our shrimp to importers and distributors in Europe and the U.S.
- Our product is available in Germany, United Kingdom, France and the U.S., as well as Costa Rica. (Search under organic labeling.)
Number of employees
- Farms and hatchery: 140
- Processing plant: 160
Solutions during COVID
- Implementation of our own maturation and genetic program was how we dealt with supply challenges during the pandemic.
- We plan to increase production at farms in existing areas through investment in new equipment and improvements in genetics and infrastructure.
- More value-added products are also being introduced.
Taste for yourself
Here is a simple recipe I discovered at an oceanfront bar in Key West, Florida.
- Clean shrimp.
- Wrap each in a half-slice of bacon. You may use a toothpick.
- Roll in flour, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper.
- Fry in hot oil until golden brown.
- Dip in honey.
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