UPDATED: Monday, July 14, 2014 - 3:42pm
GALVESTON, TX (KWKT) — Shrimp season begins tomorrow and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a below average shrimp season this year.
The NOAA is forecasting a 53.2 million-pound season for the Texas and western Louisiana portion of the Gulf of Mexico that is over 2 million pounds short of the average.
“This past spring has been below average in temperature below the average for the last 5 year 10 year period," says Jim Nance, the Acting Director, NOAA Fisheries' Galveston Laboratory.
Over 60 percent of the Shrimp harvested in the U.S. come from the Gulf of Mexico. Brown are important to the economy of many gulf coast communities. In 2011 the total shrimp harvest brought in 511 million dollars.