Never has shrimp been more available and never has it tasted so lousy. That's in part because most of the shrimp on the market comes from farms where super high rates of growth coupled with a bland diet produce meat that is flabby, watery and tasteless.
To this day the best shrimp is caught by shrimpers. But because of the high cost associated with having to pay deckhands a living wage, high fuel costs and bunch of other things that shrimp farmers in Asia and South America don't have to worry about that much, the Bubba Gumps of this country have been having trouble competing. But things might be turning around a bit.
Now that so many food products from China are being prevented from entering the United Sates on the grounds that they contain drugs and fungicides that are illegal to use here, there may be some relief on the horizon for many of the nation's fisherman and shrimpers. Of course the price will go up but shoot, you know y'all eat too much anyway.
My thanks goes out to CarolinaGirl for the link:
Charleston, SC Latest State and Regional News: Seafood safety