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United States; Alabama—Shrimp Fishery Near Collapse

 
The Associated Press reports:
 
Ho Van Le, who trawls in the Gulf of Mexico aboard his 50-foot vessel Star Light, understands the price squeeze facing shrimpers as this year’s season gets under way amid a global recession.
 
“Diesel high, shrimp go down,” Le said.
 
Once a trade that kept bayou families afloat for generations, shrimping is beset by imports flooding the market, rising fuel prices and a spate of hurricanes that have kept costs high.
 
The numbers in 2008 were devastating.  As fuel prices climbed past $4 a gallon and hurricanes Gustav and Ike battered the coast, production fell to 188 million pounds, the lowest level since 1975.
 
Bayou La Batre, which bills itself as the seafood capital of Alabama, has lost 200 of its 300 shrimp boats since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.
 
Gulf shrimp—whites, pinks and browns—typically represent about 80 percent of the total domestic shrimp landings, with the Pacific shrimp fishery accounting for about 11 percent, the Atlantic 8 percent and New England 1 percent.
 
While domestic shrimpers struggle to bring in 250 million to 300 million pounds, imports surpass 1.2 billion pounds a year.
 
Overall production seems to be up this year, but the price for large shrimp—favored by restaurateurs—is down 20 percent.  Mike Travis, an economist with the National Marine Fisheries Service, said seafood wholesalers have an excess inventory of larger shrimp and “cannot move them.”
 
Source: Google.com/Hostednews.  Low tide: Shrimp industry hit by imports, prices.  Garry Mitchell.
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