November 9, 2019
September shrimp landings in Gulf of Mexico 30% below historical average
Shrimp landings in the Gulf of Mexico, an ocean basin that is largely surrounded by the North American continent, reached 9 million pounds in September, the third-lowest reported for any September since 2002, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported, as per the Southern Shrimp Alliance.
The shrimp landings were 29.9% below the prior 17-year historical average of 12.9 million pounds for September.
During that month, landings of shrimp in Texas (4 million pounds) were substantially below the volume landed in September 2018 (5.4 million pounds) and were 29.5% below the prior 17-year historic average (5.7 million pounds).
Landings in Louisiana (3.1 million pounds) were also below those reported last year (3.3 million pounds), and were 40.3% below the prior 17-year historic average (5.2 million pounds).
In the first three quarters, 58 million pounds of shrimp were landed in the Gulf of Mexico, down from 72.3 million pounds in the first nine months last year. Shrimp landings in Louisiana during that period amounted to 20.1 million pounds, down from 27.6 million pounds last year, while landings in Texas stood at 22.8 million pounds compared with 26.7 million pounds last year.
This is the first time since the BP oil spill in 2010 that more shrimp has been landed in Texas than in Louisiana over the first nine months of the year.
In Alabama 9.5 million pounds of shrimp landed in January-September compared with last year's 11.8 million pounds.