US Gulf of Mexico shrimp landings, prices rise

Published on
February 27, 2017

In January, 3.5 million pounds of shrimp were landed in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest volume of shrimp reported since 2013, according to new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data.

While the total landings were the eighth highest recorded over the 16-year time period for which the Southern Shrimp Alliance has tracked NOAA’s data, the landings were still 16.5 percent below the 15-year historic average for January, according to SSA.

January typically accounts for a fraction – between three and five percent on average – of total U.S. Gulf shrimp landings.

Meanwhile, dock prices for the shrimp rose significantly in January.

At Texas ports, 41/50 count shrimp fetched USD 2.30 (EUR 2.17) per pound this year, compared to USD 1.40 (EUR 1.32) per pound in January of last year. In addition, 36/40 count shrimp’s ex-vessel prices jumped from USD 1.99 (EUR 1.88) per pound in January, 2016, to USD 3.19 (EUR 3.01) per pound in January, 2017.

Ex-vessel prices for large count size shrimp remained the same as previous Januarys, dating back to 2013, according to SSA.

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