Second most productive September for Gulf shrimpers in last six years, dockside prices remain low


October 29, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Aquaculture News,News-NorthAmerica



Landings data from NOAA for September 2015 report that last month was the second most productive September in the last six years for commercial shrimp fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico. Although below the volume of shrimp landed in September 2014 (16.0 million pounds), the total landed last month (14.6 million pounds) was the second highest amount reported for the industry in the month of September since 2009 and was 8.1% above the prior thirteen year average (13.5 million).

On a state-by-state basis relatively low landings in Louisiana – 4.9 million pounds last month compared to 7.9 million pounds in September 2014 – were partially offset by an increase in the volume of shrimp landed n Texas – 6.1 million pounds last month compared to 5.5 million pounds in 2014 and a record-setting month in Alabama, where the 2.8 million pounds of shrimp landed were 151% above the state’s prior thirteen-year historical average for the month of September.

Landings through the first nine months of 2015 remain the lowest for the same time period since 2010 and are 16.3% below the prior thirteen-year historical average for the Gulf of Mexico.  Overall, the total Gulf shrimp landings in 2015 (74.8 million pounds) are only slightly off the pace of total Gulf shrimp landings in 2014 (75.3 million pounds). The similarity in these totals masks significantly different experiences in Louisiana and Texas.

In Louisiana, shrimp landings have fallen from 37.2 million pounds in 2014 to 29.8 million pounds in 2015.  While in Texas, shrimp landings have increased by almost the same amount as they have declined in Louisiana, growing from 20.8 million pounds in 2014 to 28.1 million pounds in 2015.  Landings in Alabama this year (9.1 million pounds) are on par with the record volume of landings in the state last year (9.1 million pounds) and are, for the second year in a row, larger than the total volume of landings reported in Mississippi and the west coast of Florida (both 3.9 million pounds) combined.

Full story at  Southern Shrimp Alliance

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