Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Different kind of fish story - The Shrimp that get away

Fish story - noun, fishermen's traditional exaggeration of size of the 'one that got away'.

Sharks are punching holes in shrimpers' budgets -Trawl for shrimp a couple hours, then patch the shark-chomped nets for a few more.

"It's always been an issue in the summertime," Reaves said. "But it's probably the worst we've ever seen it this year. The sharks are just eating our nets up on a regular basis."
The most common shark in the Lowcountry is the relatively small, (about 3-4 ft, 16 pound) Atlantic sharpnose. The Atlantic sharpnose shark feeds on small bony fishes, shrimps, crabs, segmented worms, and mollusks. The sharpnose is considered harmless to humans who don't like shrimp.

Mel Bell, director of fisheries management for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources guesses that years of tighter restrictions on shark fishing have thinned out one of their two main predators -- humans. This year's 6-month ban on catching small coastal sharks ended in June.
Maybe it is a good thing worldwide sales of shrimp from Thailand and Malaysia have increased. Recent price $8.99/lb. 24-count jumbo, from Bangladesh (if you bother to ask the source).
Submarines are always silent and strange.



At 22 July, 2010 12:02, Blogger Cookie..... said...

Hey Vigilis, bought a few pounds of raw (supposedly deveined) shrimp a few weeks back for some "shrimp on the barbie". Deveined my ass!! I definately had to redo all of them or we woulda been eat'n shrimp shit & guts fer sure, and yup, they came from Thailand.


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