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Like many short lived crustaceans, populations are widely variable and cyclical therefore so is catch. Landings in 2015 were at a near record high of 53 million pounds and have averaged 29 million pounds per year over the last 30 years.
Pink shrimp are generally fished at depths of 75 to 125 fathoms (450 to 750 feet) in areas of soft substrate. Shaded areas of the map on the right show approximated commercial concentrations of pink shrimp stocks. These data are resultant of fishery logbook information. Dark areas show the approximate minimum areal extent of shrimp grounds (1984) and the lighter shaded areas show the largest areal extent observed from 1980-96.
Scott Groth- Marine Resources Program, Charleston
Phone: (541) 888-5515