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Gulf Shrimp landings at an all-time low

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Posted at 9:52 AM, Jul 30, 2020

For the first half of 2020, shrimp landings in the Gulf of Mexico are at the lowest levels reported in 19 years, the Southern Shrimp Alliance reports.

The data comes from the Fishery Monitoring Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center. You can read it for yourself here.

Through the first half of this year, shrimp landings in the Gulf of Mexico are at the lowest levels reported over the last nineteen years. NOAA indicates that 26.5 million pounds of shrimp have been landed in the Gulf in 2020, an amount that is 37.8 percent lower than the historical average for the previous 18 years (42.5 million pounds). This volume of shrimp is the lowest ever reported in the Gulf, the SSA reports.

"This historic low is being driven by brutal landings data out of Louisiana. Last month, NOAA reported that just 3.7 million pounds of shrimp was landed in Louisiana, the lowest recorded for any June going back to 2002. These landings were an astonishing 61.7 percent below the historical average for the prior 18 years (9.7 million pounds). In the first half of this year, just 9.4 million pounds of shrimp has been landed in Louisiana, which is also the lowest recorded for any year going back to 2002 and is a stunning 61.1 percent below the historical average for the prior 18 years (24.1 million pounds)," the report from SSA states.

Abnormally low shrimp landings have also been reported on the West Coast of Florida and in Mississippi. In the West Coast of Florida, the 1.7 million pounds of shrimp landed in 2020 is the lowest ever reported and less than half the historical average for the prior 18 years (3.7 million pounds). In Mississippi, the 0.7 million pounds of shrimp landed this year is the second lowest total reported over the last nineteen years, SSA reports.

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