Inshore Shrimping Season Coming to Close

KADN Staff
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 3:50pm

A vital part of Louisiana's seafood revenue is coming to a close this Thursday. Of course we are talking about shrimp, which is one of the most synonymous seafood items associated with our state. Louisiana is known around the world for it's quality of seafood and nearly one third of the United States seafood consumption comes straight from our waters.

The inshore shrimping season is coming to a close this Thursday and many shrimpers are making their last hauls to take advantage of what most are calling one the strongest inshore seasons Louisiana has ever seen. We caught up with the Director of the Louisiana Direct Seafood Program, Thomas Hymel, who says this season has been great for just about everyone in the Gulf shrimping business.  

"The shrimp season that started in late May was probably the best opening that we have had in many years. It was delayed by a couple of weeks because we had cooler weather in the Spring. Growing conditions, and shrimp being cold blooded, the warmer it is the faster they grow." said Hymel.

"So what happened is they delay allowed us to have much larger shrimp for the opening, and the prices for this year have been unprecedented. We have never in the history of Louisiana shrimp, seen prices that we have seen this year. So it's been awesome for the fishermen."

While the larger shrimp have been great for fishermen in the Gulf, prices did increase for the consumers because of the size. Inshore shrimping season is wrapping up, but fishermen will still be able to get their shrimp in the states off shore waters as well as federal waters, until mid August, when inshore shrimping will open up once again. 

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