NOAA data shows 2022 Gulf of Mexico shrimp catch at highest level since 2014

Published on
March 7, 2023
Gulf of Mexico shrimp boats.

Preliminary shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic for November 2022 have been released by NOAA, showing Louisiana made a comeback for the year while Texas numbers dropped. 

Data shows more than 9 million pounds of shrimp landed in the Gulf and South Atlantic in November 2022. NOAA’s reporting indicated landings in Louisiana jumped significantly in November 2022, compared to 2021, with the state catching 4.22 million pounds in the month – a significant jump from the 2.375 million pounds caught in the same month in 2021. 

Through November 2022, 108.7 million pounds of warmwater shrimp were reported as landed in the U.S., down from 116.4 million pounds over the first eleven months of 2021, a decline of 6.6 percent. In the Gulf of Mexico, shrimp fisheries have caught 101.5 million pounds – below the historical average but up significantly from the 68.4 million pounds cauhgt in 2021. It is also the best catch total since 2014

On a state-by state basis, for the year, Louisiana has reached a total of 47.5 million pounds caught for the first eleven months of 2022, 2.1 percent lower than the historical average but 28.3 percent higher than the final reporting for the same period of 2020. 

In 2020, Louisiana accounted for just 34.3 percent of all U.S. warmwater shrimp landings, and it accounted for 43.7 percent of all landings in 2021.

In Texas, November landings were 38.3 percent lower than historical averages, reaching 2.1 million pounds in the month - down from 2.6 million pounds landed in 2021. For the full year, landings in Texas are 12 percent below the historical average, with the state catchin 31.6 million pounds in the first 11 months of 2022. 

The west coast of Florida’s landings were reported 20.8 percent lower than its historical averages in November 2022, with 415,000 pounds caught. For the year the state is 13.7 percent below the historical average with 4.6 million pounds caught. 

Mississippi’s landings were 44.3 percent below historical average in November, with 259,000 pounds caught. For the year, the state is 32.2 percent below the historical average with 3.6 million pounds caught. However, that total is up from 2020 and 2021 by over 400,000 pounds. 

Alabama, in contrast, had a great November ...

Photo courtesy of Chuck Wagner/Shutterstock 

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