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Jul 13, 2014 12:08 PM

Shrimp Harvest Predicted Lower, Higher Prices Possible

GULF OF MEXICO- A report by the National Marine Fisheries Service is calling for a below-average shrimp season in the Gulf of Mexico, including here in Texas.

The report goes on to predict that fisherman in Texas and western Louisiana will bag 53.2 million-pounds of shrimp, that's almost three million pounds lower than average, this as shrimp season opens Tuesday.

That shortage could lead to higher prices.

The record cold this past winter is mostly to blame as water temperatures in the Gulf were at their coldest levels in almost 20 years, preventing optimal shrimp growth.


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