Shrimp, Mexican White (White, Blue, and Brown)
Mexican White Shrimp is a name given to a group of three related shrimp species: White, Blue and Brown shrimp, found in the eastern Pacific Ocean from Mexico to Peru. All three species grow and sexually mature quickly. Juvenile shrimp generally live in estuaries, lagoons and coastal waters, before migrating offshore to reproduce and complete their life cycle.
Some management measures are in place for Mexican White Shrimp, but information on their abundance is generally lacking and there is some indication that they are overexploited in some regions.
They are caught by industrial bottom trawlers in offshore locations. This fishing method causes substantial habitat damage and results in high levels of bycatch. They are also caught in artisanal fisheries in inshore areas, using a variety of different nets (e.g., cast nets, small trawls). The artisanal fisheries have lower impacts on habitats and bycatch.