February 26, 2020
Gulf shrimp landings in 2019 decline; lowest since 2000
Shrimp landings in the Gulf of Mexico, which contributes over 70% of the US' total, were lower for all of 2019 than the previous year's.
As per data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 80.8 million pounds of shrimp were landed across the Gulf last year, down from 98.3 million pounds in 2018 and over 35% below the prior 20-year historic average (124.6 million pounds), the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) reports.
Last year's landings are the lowest annual shrimp harvest reported by NOAA since at least 2000. Compared with 2018, landings were down in every single reporting area of the Gulf:
* off the west coast of Florida (3.5 million pounds as against 3.9 million pounds in 2018);
* in Mississippi (4.3 million pounds as against 4.9 million pounds);
* in Alabama (13 million pounds as against 14.1 million pounds);
* in Louisiana (29.6 million pounds as against 35.4 million pounds); and
* in Texas (30.4 million pounds as against 40 million pounds).
In December 2019 alone, landings of shrimp in the Gulf were the lowest reported for any December since 2000, at 5.5 million pounds.
Although landings for the month in Louisiana were considerably higher than in December 2018 (1.8 million pounds as against 1.1 million pounds), a steep drop in reported landings in Texas compared with 2018 (2.1 million pounds as against 4.2 million pounds) negated that increase.