Fisheries officials: Below-average shrimp season
HOUMA - Federal fisheries officials are predicting a below-average brown shrimp season for the next year in waters off Louisiana and federal waters off Louisiana and Texas.
Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issue an annual prediction of brown shrimp catches based on monitoring juvenile population numbers, growth estimates and the environment.
Federal scientists are predicting a harvest of 55 million pounds of brown shrimp for this month through June 2014. That's slightly below the historical 52-year average of 56.5 million pounds. They predict the Louisiana portion of that catch to be about 29 million pounds and the Texas portion about 26 million pounds.
Clint Guidry, president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association, tells The Courier shrimp season predictions by NOAA can be hit or miss.
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