In the 70's and 80's the popularity of Paul Prudhomme's blackened redfish dish almost wiped out the native red drum from the coastal waters of Texas and Louisiana. It was so popular that redfish, formally known as red drum, was listed as a protected species and during this time commercial sell was outlawed. These restrictions have since eased due to the resurgence of red drum stocks, but it was aquaculture that really emerged as a winning solution to the tasty fish's high demand.
Copper Shoals grows fish from fingerlings to market size without the use of hormones or antibiotics. The feed comprises of natural grains, vitamins, minerals, and fish protein from well-managed sources. There is also the added plus that Copper Shoals produces fish free of mercury and other pollutants. The farms are land based, which reduces the problem of escapees. Water for the fish is provided by Matagorda Bay and saline aquifiers and is monitored around the clock to ensure that quality is never compromised. The fish are fresh killed, chilled and sent out to order. This means that our red drum are delivered to us just hours out of the water.
Red drum farmed in the United States in ponds is a "Best Choice." The industry operates on a small scale, and regulatory oversight is strong. Farm waste (effluent) and chemical use are low, and no antibiotics are used. The risk of farmed fish escaping is minimal, and the broodstock is sourced from healthy wild populations.
The flavor is mild, meaty and stands up to char along with bold seasonings