Data published by NOAA regarding shrimp caught in the Gulf of Mexico for March 2015 has now been made available.
The Southern Shrimp Alliance’s analysis of NOAA data indicates that shrimp landings last month (1.7 million pounds) were lower than the volume of shrimp caught in March 2014 (2.0 million pounds) and were a full twenty-five percent (25%) lower than the previous fourteen year historical average (2.2 million pounds).
The low harvest numbers in March are the product of historically poor landings in Louisiana and Texas.
In Louisiana, the 147,000 pounds of shrimp landed in March was the lowest for any March reported in data available to the Southern Shrimp Alliance and nearly sixty-eight percent (68%) below the fourteen year historical average. The March 2015 landings volume was unprecedented – with the next lowest reported in Louisiana being 247,000 pounds in March 2008.
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