Black Tiger Shrimps from responsible aquaculture

 

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LUNA SHRIMP FARMS

High-quality black tiger shrimps from a responsible source, raised in the traditional manner and in harmony with nature – that is our idea and understanding of sustainable farming. Not far from the world's largest mangrove forest, our black tiger shrimps grow in their natural habitat. Here, in the south-western regions of Bangladesh, Paikgacha and Debhata, we work with around 1,400 small scale farmers to turn our idea into a reality.

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  1. DEBHATA | BANGLADESH
  2. PAIKGACHA | BANGLADESH

What are traditional methods about?

The smallholders cultivate comparatively small areas, averaging around 1.2 hectares, and use the course of nature. Due to the low stocking density of one to two shrimps per square meter, the shrimps can cover their food requirements directly from the existing ecosystem.

Known as extensive aquaculture, there is no need to add feed or medication. We support the farms in producing a high-quality product.

How can we support small scale farmers?

With central distribution stations, we enable small scale farmers to sell their product safely and at fair prices through short delivery routes. Once they arrive at the central distribution station, the shrimps are checked for quality, sorted and cooled. By doing this, we guarantee a high standard of quality on the transportation routes.
To further promote sustainability and social standards, we help farmers join the ASC's training program, the AIP (Aquaculture Improver Programme), to qualify for possible ASC certification.
Normally, larger farms with many times the production of a small scale farmer undergo such certification.
In our Luna Shrimp Farms project, we are therefore working on bundling many small scale farmers into groups to work together on implementing the ASC standards. In an initial pilot project, we formed five groups of 25 smallholders each to prepare for ASC certification. ASC has developed a credible framework, the Improver Programme by ASC,  to accommodate and support aquaculture farming that are not ready or eligible for ASC certification but are committed to improving their farming practices through an Aquaculture Improvement Project (AIP).

 

1400 small scale farmers

We are collaborating with around 1,400 small scale farmers on the idea of offering high-quality black tiger shrimps from responsible sources in a traditional manner in harmony with nature. Five groups of 25 smallholders are currently being formed in a pilot project to prepare and improve farming practices through AIP, aim to move forward to ASC Group Certification.

EXTENSIVE pond management

Extensive pond farming is an aquaculture method that requires little or no feed due to the low stocking density. No food is added to the "Luna Shrimp Farms" project. The animals obtain their food directly from the ecosystem.

1-2 shrimps per m²

In the Luna Shrimp Farms, we have a very low stocking density of 1 to 2 shrimps per m². For comparison: In mass aquaculture, there are up to 200 shrimps per m².

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The mangrove forests – the home of our shrimps


Our shrimps are raised not far from the Sundarbarns – a World Heritage Site and the largest mangrove area in the world at around 10,000 km². The mangrove forests are located in a low-lying estuary and floodplain, where rainfall from the southern slopes of the Himalayas and large volumes of water from the monsoon zone drain into the sea. The rivers in the Ganges Delta branch out widely and split into numerous tributaries.
The Sundarbans are in a constant state of flux: The southern regions, in particular, are subject to tidal changes, and the animal and plant populations have adapted to the brackish water. In addition, regional floods repeatedly wash out parts of the forests, and new drier areas are created by sand and mud washing up.


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Aquaculture Improver Programme

This program supports farms that have not yet been able to obtain ASC certification but are committed to further improving their farming practices for the benefit of social standards and the environment. As a partner of the AIP, the Luna team has been trained by the ASC-IP team to enhance their understanding of the ASC standard requirements and good practices before transferring the knowledge to farmers to build a local capacity and improving their current operational farming practices.

The farms are trained accordingly and are constantly working to optimize their practices to obtain ASC certification as quickly as possible. Every little optimization therefore helps people and nature. It can take a while to get ASC certification and we support the smallholders along the way.

News from the origin

Black Tiger Shrimps

Our shrimps are known as giant shrimps for good reason. They can reach a maximum body length of up to 33 cm and are decapod crustaceans from the "Penaeidae" family.
The crustaceans live nocturnally and hide in the seabed during the day. At night, they leave their hiding places to search for food or hunt. The animals moult their shells every three to four weeks. The striped back armour is also renewed.
In culinary terms, black tiger shrimps play in the top league and are therefore an integral part of Michelin-starred cuisine. It is characterized by its firm but tender flesh and has a slightly sweet, nutty aroma. It is also rich in protein and low in calories.
When cooked, the black tiger shrimp takes on a strong red-orange colour.

Why Luna Shrimp Farms?

The word "Luna" means moon. But what does the moon have to do with our shrimps? The moon has a very big influence on nature and therefore also on our shrimps, as it is decisive for their activity.
Our shrimps are very active during the new and full moon phases, which last 6 days each. They move close to the seabed and search for food. This is the ideal time for small scale farmers to catch the shrimps. They do so by setting up traps in the form of cages, into which the shrimp run independently and completely stress-free.

At half moon or other phases, however, they are less active and go into hiding.
These natural processes and the influence of the moon on our shrimp have been decisive for the name of our brand "Luna Shrimp Farms".

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  • Full moon
  • The shrimps are very active today
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  • Waning gibbous moon
  • The shrimps are not very active today
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  • Last quarter moon
  • The shrimps are not very active today
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  • Waning crescent moon
  • The shrimps are not very active today
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  • New moon{{iflng::nl}Nieuwe maan
  • The shrimps are very active today
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  • Waxing crescent moon
  • The shrimps are not very active today
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  • First quarer moon
  • The shrimps are not very active today
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  • Waxing gibbous moon
  • The shrimps are not very active today

Our products

Black Tiger Shrimps

The black tiger shrimp is characterized by its firm but tender meat and has a slightly sweet, nutty aroma.

The open shell protects the prawn’s meat from direct heat and releases flavours during cooking.

Easy Peel
400 g

Black Tiger Shrimps

The black tiger shrimp is characterized by its firm but tender meat and has a slightly sweet, nutty aroma.

In its peeled form, it is very suitable for marinating, in soups or for shrimp skewers.

Peeled
180 g

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