As the Louisiana fishery kicks off in early May, and the Texas fishery closes on 15 May, this year's U.S. Gulf of Mexico shrimp harvest is facing stagnant prices and a decline in fleet size.

"From a value prospective the shrimp look to be very good," said Martin Bourgeois, shrimp biologist program manager for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. "Brown shrimp landings over last four years have declined significantly, while shrimp landings have risen, primarily due to economi