February 9, 2019
November 2018 shrimp landings in Gulf of Mexico a record low for 2nd month in a row
From a historic low of 10.4 million pounds in October, shrimp harvest in the Gulf of Mexico dipped even further to only 8.2 million pounds in November, the lowest reported for any November since 2002, when the Southern Shrimp Alliance started keeping records.
Data for November shrimp landings in the gulf was released only this month due to the lack of authorized funding for the US Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Data showed that continued declines in the landings of shrimp recorded in Louisiana greatly contributed to the overall decline in November. With 3.1 million pounds of shrimp landed in November, Louisiana's total was not just the lowest recorded for any November since 2002, but was half the prior 16-year historical average of 6.2 million pounds for the month.
In the 11 months through November, 91.8 million pounds of shrimp were landed in the Gulf of Mexico, down from 93.7 million pounds in the same period last year, and 19% below the prior 16-year historical average of 112.9 million pounds.