Fort Myers Beach shrimp fleet pictures !

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Real Estate Agent with 16 Sunview Blvd

I have been promising myself a trip to the local Fort Myers Beach shrimp fleet.  Today was my chance.  The shrimp fleet nestles in our back bay when not on extended trips into the Gulf.  Most refer to harvesting shrimp as " fishing " or simply " shrimping ".  The boats trawl for shrimp and typically stay in the Gulf for 30 days before returning to offload the catch.

Shrimp caught in the Gulf  ( wild caught ) are a beautiful pink in color.  Local shrimpers compete with imported shrimp mainly from Viet Nam.  Most imported shrimp are raised in " shrimp farms " where millions of baby shrimp are held in ponds until adulthood.  Shrimp do not do well in close proximity to each other !  To control disease they are sprayed with chemicals which allow them to live packed close together.  The down side of this farming method is that the shrimp absorb the chemicals and turn a distinct " grey " in color.  Nowhere is this more noticeable than side by side in the seafood section of your local market.  The wild caught shrimp are pink and the farm raised shrimp are grey. 

local shrimpersshrimp fleet and the bridge to our island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the color seems unimportant as a way to determine wild caught and farm raised shrimp you need only taste both to understand the importance of the competing farming methods.  Wild caught shrimp have a slightly sweet taste and a robust " shrimp " flavor.  Never " fishy " unless well past their prime, firm to the touch and delicious to the taste buds !

local shrimp fleetTrawling with nets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The shrimp fleet is an important industry to Fort Myers Beach and southwest Florida.  The boats are expensive to operate and working on them entails long hours under tough conditions.  The big nets used during trawling require constant tending and mending.

If it sounds like I am a proponent of wild caught shrimp - I plead guilty as charged.  Having had farm raised and wild caught shrimp I can say there is a huge difference !  I'll take the wild caught shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico any day !

Perfect name for a road to the Fort Myers Beacyh shrimp fleet

I really enjoyed my time spent exploring the Fort Myers Beach shrimp fleet !  Next opportunity for a visit I will try to go below deck and see how these hard working guys & gals live aboard a shrimper !   Want to visit the fleet ?  At the bottom of the Matanzes Bridge turn ( south ) onto Main Street.  Continue south until you see " Shrimp Boat Lane " like the sign above.  Enjoy !

 

 

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Liz Flint
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Hi Bill, I have been to the "Blessing of the Fleet" which is our Galveston Shimpers celebration.  Can't wait to go again.  Thanks for the pictures.

Jul 05, 2010 02:52 PM #1
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Bill:    I hope that the oil stays away.   I thought the Grey color was because they were not cooked yet.    But your post says that they are pink even though they are not cooked.   Thanks for the education.   I always wondered why some of the shrimp smelled a little like bleach!

Jul 05, 2010 03:26 PM #2
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Bill Gillhespy
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Hi Liz,

Shrimpers are an important part of our local economy and right now they are very worried about the BP spill !

Hi Jane, Wild caught are pink before and after cooking !  The taste difference is amazing ! 

Jul 05, 2010 03:36 PM #3
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
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Thanks for the information on wild shrimp vs farmed shrimp Bill. We are only able to get frozen here, being an inland state! Oh but when we come down to your place in paradise, we more than make up for that!

Jul 08, 2010 09:08 PM #4
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Bill Gillhespy
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Hi Wanda,  Thanks for stopping by !  You're a long way from our shrimping waters but at least you know where to find us !

Jul 09, 2010 01:08 PM #5
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Great post, Bill. Having grown up along the Gulf of Mexico, I can also plead guilty as charged to loving Gulf shrimp like no other!

Jul 11, 2010 04:50 AM #6
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Bill Gillhespy
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Hey RR,  Gulf shrimp simply have no equal.  Once you have the real thing you will not want the gray ones !  Thanks for stopping by !

Jul 11, 2010 08:03 AM #7
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John Howard
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Bill,  Now ya done it!  I am officially Shrimp Hungry!  I would love to have a bait of fresh shrimp!  Great Post!  I really like the Local...."flavor"!   In all seriousness,  I pray that the shrimpers will have full nets of healthy shrimp to sell!

Jul 16, 2010 03:39 PM #8
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Bill Gillhespy
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Hi John,  And did you catch the street name ( Shrimp Boat Lane ) !?!?   The shrimping has been pretty good but all that could change.  We have absolutely no oil in our area !  Glad they got that danged thing capped - for now !

Jul 17, 2010 01:59 PM #9
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Bill,

Nice pics, and thanks for the tip on wild vs farm shrimp!

Jul 20, 2010 09:04 PM #10
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Hi Liz,  I enjoyed spending time down at the shrimp fleet docks !  Talking with the crew from the boats is a real experience !

Jul 21, 2010 11:15 AM #11
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Bill,

Thank you for this informative post...  I always buy the wild caught Gulf shrimp.  It just makes sense to buyer close to home!

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Jul 22, 2010 11:40 AM #12
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Bill Gillhespy
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Hi Ann,  I've had both and the taste of the wild caught is so much better !

Jul 22, 2010 01:37 PM #13
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