Sustainable Shrimp Initiative

Simply put, the Sustainable Shrimp Initiative (SSI) is shrimp sourcing program that allows buyers in the retail and foodservice sectors to easily access certified shrimp with unprecedented transparency. The SSI is a program of SEADEX LLC, a leading USA-based seafood procurement company.  Thanks to decades of experience, SEADEX is able to provide customized buying programs to fit all levels of retail and foodservice, from affordability to certification requirements.

Never risk getting NO shrimp or BAD shrimp again.  Pairing the exacting specs of retail and foodservice shrimp buyers, with our extensive global production and processing relationships, results in consistently delivered shrimp — shipment after shipment — from the same certified and verifiable third-party audited farm sources. 


Making the Sustainable Shrimp Initiative  work for your business


 reliable shrimp program your customers can trust


pre-approved and audited shrimp producers

Affordable programs exist through the Sustainable Shrimp Initiative program.  SEADEX's Sustainable Shrimp Initiative program matches the level of certification of shrimp sources with a price point that will work for all areas of retail. With a wide selection of farms and partners, a customized program can be built for your retail or foodservice needs. 

The SEADEX team has decades of shrimp buying experience and is prepared to find a program that is the right fit for both affordability as well as certification criteria. If your operation is interested in starting a shrimp program, SEADEX helps buyers find the right shrimp with the right criteria at the right price.

Affordable & Customized


Because retailers, foodservice and hospitality companies can’t afford even one bad purchasing decision, the SSI program is committed to sourcing certified shrimp exclusively. This means that buyers have an active partner in finding direct sources of the most responsibly produced shrimp available.


The SEADEX team makes sure buyers are getting what they want, and what they have paid for. For the SSI, we source only shrimp products that can be marketed to customers as qualifying for stringent third-party certification under globally recognized programs. These standards are strictly adhered to, and the validity of the certification is reconfirmed by SEADEX.  SEADEX also verifies the processing, logistics, chain of custody, and inspects the products before shipping so that retailers and foodservice companies can reassure their customers that they truly have direct access to the most environmentally responsible and highest quality product available for the SSI program. 


Importance of Sourcing Reliable Shrimp

Risk Exposure


In this day and age, when purchasing mistakes make the front page and social media amplifies them to every smart phone, retailers and foodservice buyers need a consistent, reliable supply of shrimp, and can’t afford the risk of not having a program that’s transparent to their customers.

Businesses without a sustainability plan are at risk. Bad shrimp practices are making headlines. Consumers are worried. Retailers and restaurants selling compromised are publicly called out by name. And once you lose the trust of your customers, it’s difficult and expensive to win it back.

Transparent supply chains are going to be the new standard. "Demand that your retailer give you a guarantee, or go elsewhere with your money. This is where businesses have a real role to play. This way, they can weed out the bad players and reward the good ones." — Steve Trent, founder and director of the London-based Environmental Justice Foundation, as reported in the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune

“It’s no longer just wealthy suburbanites in major markets willing to open their wallets for sustainable offerings,” says current Nielsen data on spending. “Consumers across regions, income levels, and categories are willing to pay more, if doing so ensures they remain loyal to their values. Sustainability sentiment is particularly consistent across income levels.” 

Slave Labor on the High Seas: “Shocking revelations about the international fishing industry’s reliance on slave labor have caused many people to question the origin of the shrimp or tuna they eat.” — New York Times
Antibiotics push FDA’s Indian shrimp refusal rateup 30% The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is refusingmore shrimp from India for illegal antibiotics through thefirst five months of this year compared to the same time in2015.Between January and May of this year, the FDA hasrefused 53 line items of shrimp imported from India, abouta 30% increase from last year’s total at this time. -Undercurrent News
How Safe Is Your Shrimp? “Despite America’s massive intake of shrimp, the Food and Drug Administration tested only 0.7 percent of foreign shrimp shipments last year.… Our findings provided some cause for concern.” - Consumer Reports
How to Buy the Right Shrimp (and Why It Matters) “It really pays to read the label when it comes to buying seafood, especially shrimp. Taking a few extra seconds in the supermarket aisle to figure out just what exactly is in your food and where it came from can make a huge difference for the environment. Check your Choice: There are two other ways to get information on the purchase you want to make. You can carry a pocket guide, such as the handy wallet-size guides for seafood and sushi that you can download or order from Carl Safina’s Blue Ocean Institute ( and Seafood Watch (” -Huffington Post
Slave-peeled shrimp exported to major U.S. stores: “Enslaved migrant workers, including children, are peeling shrimp that's exported from Thailand to the supply chains of major U.S. food stores, retailers and restaurants such as Walmart, Whole Foods, and Red Lobster, according to a new report.” -and- "No one wants to buy seafood tainted by forced labor, and we know that the issues reach far beyond just shrimp," John Hocevar, director of Greenpeace USA Oceans Campaign, said in a statement issued Monday. "Every single company involved must be held accountable for the hundreds of thousands of people suffering in miserable conditions — from those catching the seafood to the supermarkets selling it." -USA Today
Should we really be eating shrimp? “Yes, the news surrounding shrimp is mostly bad. I have read exposés of slave and child labor at two stages of Thai and Indonesian shrimp production—which implicates the shrimp available at major supermarket chains. The carbon cost of shrimp raised in mangroves, among the Earth’s most important and fragile ecosystems, is leviathan.” -Vogue