Just when the Gulf waters looked like they were starting to calm, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has stirred them once again by announcing a series of public hearings to address Amendment 40, better known as Gulf Red Snapper recreational sector separation.
Though high shrimp prices may be good news for shrimpers, the industry is not all that pleased with the just concluded inland brown shrimp season. The Gulf Seafood Institute is hoping for a turnaround as a new season begins.
More than three million dollars has been allocated to collect anti-dumping duties from countries that illegally dump shrimp, crawfish and other seafood into U.S. markets from Department of Homeland Security funding.
Patrick Riley was on the waterfront as soon as he could walk. Forty years later he is still on the waterfront and in the shrimp business, working as general manger of Texas’s Western Seafood.
In Georgia, as in the Gulf of Mexico, shrimp is king. But Georgia shrimp have come under attack by a parasite that could impact the economy of local coastal communities.
Louisiana shrimp has been the deep freeze long before reaching the shrimp boat freezers. Because of an unusually cold winter, the states brown shrimp season began late, leaving shrimpers with less time on the water this year.