Seafood Blog — Ridgeback Shrimp

Santa Barbara Channel Ridgeback Shrimp

Ridgeback Shrimp

Santa Barbara Channel Ridgeback Shrimp

The ridgeback shrimp is actually a prawn—distinguished by the sharp spine on its back—and is a smaller, more readily available species than the spot prawn. It is the only species of rock shrimp that can be found along the west coast of the United States. This species ranges from Monterey Bay California to Isla Maria Madre in Mexico. Major concentrations occur in the Santa Barbara Channel, which is considered to be the most suitable habitat. Ridgebacks have a maximum life span of 5 years and the majority of the catch is documented to be composed of 2 and 3 year...

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