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Moons seafood specializes in wholesale shrimp processing. We provide wholesale rock shrimp and wholesale royal red shrimp to customers nation wide.
We also offer other wholesale seafood services.
Wholesale Rock Shrimp
Rock Shrimp get their name from their very hard shell. They are only caught at night
and in deeper water than regular shrimp. Virtually all Rock Shrimp are caught by
boats equipped with on board freezers to immediately preserve the product until it
is further processed on shore. Rock Shrimp fishing is seasonal. The majority of the
production is caught off of Florida’s East Coast from September to December. In some
years there is production in the Florida Gulf during the summer months. Wholesale Rock Shrimp
Wholesale Royal Red Shrimp
Royal Red Shrimp are a deep water bright red shrimp caught off of Florida’s East
Coast and a few places in the Gulf of Mexico. The shrimp have large heads, long antennae
and feelers and very red shell. Royal Reds are caught in much deeper water than any
of Florida’s other shrimp. They have the softest texture, but the sweetest flavor
or all the Florida shrimp. Royal Reds will cook in half of the time of regular shrimp.
They are normally produced in March through June. Wholesale Royal Reds
Pink shrimp are the most famous Florida species. The Key West Pinks are the same
species as the hoppers, but they mature on the coral sand bottoms of the Tortugas
and develop the distinctive pink color. Their firm texture and great flavor make
this shrimp highly sought after
White Shrimp are harvested on the Atlantic Ocean side from Cape Canaveral north and
from the Ochlockonee River mouth to Louisiana. The two main seasons for this species
are late spring to June and fall until the dead of Winter comes in January. White
shrimp tend to be caught in waters shallower than 90 feet. The size spread for a
normal production year are usually 21/25 per pound and larger. The shrimp do best
in the near shore areas of lower salinity.
North Florida Hoppers
The North Florida Hopper is native to Florida’s Coastal waters in the Panhandle and
from Cape Canaveral north. On the Gulf side of the state they are caught in high
salinity places like St. Joe Bay. The Hopper season is usually the middle of March
to May. Hoppers got their name from the early shrimping days when the shrimpers dumped
the nets on the deck; the hardy shrimp would “hop” around. Hoppers are an incredibly
delicious shrimp. They have a firm crisp texture and bite with sweet ocean flavor.
Mature Hoppers all have a red spot on their sides.
Brown Shrimp are found in Florida waters west of Apalachicola Bay to Texas. Brownies
(as the shrimpers call them) tend to be found in deeper waters with higher salinity
than the white shrimp. Brown shrimp spawn year round but the main harvest occurs
after the hopper season and runs through the summer. Brown shrimp get their name
from the golden brown color of the shell.