Delving into the heart of the Gulf of California in search of shrimp was one of the main activities leading to Puerto Peñasco’s origins. Shrimp has become an iconic figure due to the growth it permitted the city.
This particular region is privileged given the natural wealth and biodiversity of the Sea of Cortez, as well as proximity to natural shrimp banks. Shrimp from this area is highly sought after in international markets, and is a staple for seafood dishes whether that be aguachile, ceviche, soup, salad, breaded, sautéed in garlic, grilled, or as the centerpiece of the traditional Carlos V plate, among others.
Shrimp caught in the Gulf of California is actually a point of reference across the globe due to its quality and the sizes it can reach. Fishermen in this area catch blue, brown, and white shrimp, the latter of which has been popular for export, such as in the 1950’s to Japan, and particularly to the United States.
There are currently close to 70 deep sea boats, and over 200 coastal (smaller) vessels that sail out each year in search of the “Pink Gold,” bringing in large yields that are then marketed across the country.
So, just in case you’ve ever wondered about the significance of the “Shrimp Fisherman” statue in the malecón, the origin of Shrimp Plaza, or the large crustacean that appears as the city’s emblem, now you know!
In addition to being a strong tourism destination, Puerto Peñasco is a privileged spot situated on the Sea of Cortez that has given so much to fishermen over the years, providing the backbone to the city’s beginnings.
If you ever get the chance to taste our delicious shrimp, which by the way are high in protein and low in fat, you will have the honor of savoring one of the many delicacies the Sea of Cortez provides.