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July 11, 2015

United States

Florida—Video—Fisherman Catches Twelve-Foot-Long Giant Tiger Shrimp

 

   

 

Oops, I meant to say a “twelve-inch-long, giant tiger shrimp!”

 

On July 9, 2015, a commercial shrimp fisherman caught a twelve-inch-long, giant tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) on the St. Johns River in northeast Florida.  It’s no longer unusual for shrimpers to catch tiger shrimp, an invasive species from Asia, along the southeast and Gulf coasts of the United States, but one twelve inches long is rarity.

 

The two maps below show the increase in the incidence of tiger shrimp catches in the United States from 2000 to 2014:

 

   
     
   

 

Shrimp News: I’ve been tracking the catches of tiger shrimp in the United States since 1989, over fifteen years, and some of the statements made by shrimp fishermen in this news report and video are stretches of the imagination, statements like: “They [P. monodon] would love to eat on our shrimp.”  Although the state of South Carolina is taking part in a regional study to determine if invasive tiger shrimp eat native shrimp, nothing, to the best of my knowledge, has been published that says they do.  Nor, to the best of my knowledge, do tiger shrimp prey on commercial shrimp species anywhere in the world.

 

Here are links to a couple of other Shrimp News reports on invasive tiger shrimp:

Florida—Tiger Shrimp Invasion

Louisiana—Giant Tiger Shrimp Invasion

 

Source: First Coast News.  Foot-Long Tiger Shrimp Caught on the First Coast.  Steven Dial.  July 10, 2015.

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