As the weather cools off and the market heats up, U.S. shrimp buyers are assessing the supply situation and fulfilling last-minute needs for the frantic holiday season. Orders placed in the summer are now arriving. U.S. shrimp imports usually peak this month, topping 144.3 million pounds last October.

Will they reach that mark this year? Maybe. Through July, U.S. shrimp imports were on par with the first seven months of 2008, down just 0.8 percent, at 616.2 million pounds, according to the Nati…