U.S. shrimp imports in 2010 were on track to exceed 2009’s total of 1.21 billion pounds, albeit slightly. Through October, they were up 0.4 percent to nearly 988 million pounds, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Last year was an up-and-down year for shrimp imports, which rebounded in October, topping 135 million pounds, up 1.6 percent from October 2009. Imports had increased in each of the last three months (June, July and August) until slipping in September. Prior to June, …