Brown, white and pink shrimp are a triad of warmwater animals known collectively as “Gulf shrimp.” Commercially important to both the United States and Mexico, Gulf shrimp are found along the southeastern U.S. coast, as far north as Maryland, and along the entire western Gulf, particularly on Mexico’s Campeche Banks. All Gulf shrimp are harvested from the wild with trawl nets. Pink shrimp are the largest Gulf species, reaching 11 inches. They are usually sold with their heads still on, giving the impression of a lot of shrimp, since two-thirds of the body length is the head. Gulf whites are concentrated south of the Carolinas; however, the bulk of the harvest comes from the Gulf of Mexico. White shrimp grow to 8 inches. Variations in shell color can cause white shrimp to be confused with brown shrimp from the same area. Brown shrimp are concentrated off the Texas-Louisiana coast.  Males reach 7 inches, while females grow to 9.