Gulf of Mexico shrimp landings take a dip in June

Overall, the first half of the year still saw more landings than average. 

June shrimp landings for the Gulf of Mexico were significantly below normal levels, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Gulf shrimpers landed 10.9 million pounds of shrimp last month, nearly one million pounds less than June 2016 and 37.6 percent below the 15-year historic average. 

Landings in Texas were equal to the 15-year-historic average for June, Louisiana shrimp landings were the lowest recorded for any June, said the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA). Louisiana fishermen landed just 4.5 million pounds of shrimp. 

Overall for the first six months of 2017, Gulf shrimp landings clocked in at 41.2 million pounds, the highest in five years, but six percent lower than the 15-year-historic average. 

"Outside of Louisiana, the shrimp catch has been significantly above average thus far in 2017," said the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA). 

According to NOAA, ex-vessel prices for 21/25 count headless shrimp were up significantly this June compared to last June. 

Docks in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi reported ex-vessel prices of $4.54 (€3.90) per pound for 21/25; prices for 26/30 were $3.55 (€3.05) per pound; prices for 31/35 size shrimp were $2.97 (€2.55) and 36/40 size shrimp were reported to be $2.65 (€2.28) per pound. 

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