Super Shrimp

Farms for protein and profit

Shrimp boats is a-comin',

Their sails are in sight.

Shrimp boats is a-comin',

There's dancin' tonight.

—From a 1950s song

There is shrimp-inspired dancing in Ecuador these days all right, but it is not to the tune of returning boats. Instead, in vast ponds on the salty flatlands of El Oro and other coastal provinces, a new industry has sprung up: shrimp farming. Last year these farms produced 20.8 million lbs. of the tasty crustaceans, vs. nothing just a decade ago, earning $66 million in foreign exchange and hefty profits for Ecuador's new shrimp farmers.

Chief among the new shrimpers is...

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