Story of Origin
Our Black Tiger Shrimp are naturally raised on small-scale, family owned farms. Farmers like Lê Chí Cường rely on the natural productivity of ponds to provide all the nutrition the shrimp need and so don’t use outside food, chemicals, or antibiotics. Planting mangroves on the farm provides hiding places for the shrimp while fighting climate change. The farm’s income supports the five members of Lê Chí Cường's family: “Because we use the natural farming system without chemicals, our shrimp taste great – like wild shrimp”.
Lê Chí Cường lives on the farm where he grows his shrimp. He checks on the health of the shrimp every day using a small boat to navigate through the mangroves.
Lê Chí Cường's farm uses the natural tidal flow of the Mekong River to provide fresh water. From above, the extent of mangrove coverage on the area's farms can be easily seen.
Standards of the ASC control the development on and around the farm while encouraging intimate connections of the people to the natural system.
With the help of the tidal cycle, Lê Chí Cường uses nets to catch the shrimp in his pond.
The shrimp harvest is weighed before being sent to the local manufacturing partner for processing.
Living on the farm allows the entire family to benefit from the natural productivity of the system.
Good to Know
The majority of environmental impacts from shrimp farming is a result of the feed used to grow the animals. The extensive method of farming our black tiger shrimp, however, uses no outside feed since the farms incorporate mangrove trees that provide all the nutrients and shelter that the growing shrimp need. Here, the shrimp feed on their natural foods such as plankton and detritus. As a result, our black tiger shrimp are not only a sustainable seafood choice, but also taste great!