My first time on a shrimp boat was when I was 12 years old. My grandfather bought "Shotgun Willie," an old Lafitte Skiff with a tired engine and worn gear. After a couple of months of replacing this and fixing that, we were ready to begin our Shrimping Enterprise. After a few trips with nothing but old license plates and torn nets to show for our efforts, we finally started to figure things out. We worked that old boat for everything it had. Now some years later, I let the experts do the catching.
The US and Texas Shrimping Industry has been on the decline over the last few years. High fuel prices, low-cost imported shrimp, strict regulations, and smaller catches have all contributed to this decline.
"There were more than 8,000 shrimping boats in the Gulf and Atlantic waters of the U.S. coast at one time,” reports a spokesman for the Southern Shrimp Alliance, representing shrimpers in eight states. “Last year, that number was down to 1,100 boats, and this year it will shrink even further."
When purchasing Seafood, always ask where it was harvested
Only buy product that support our local and national fisherman
Buy Texas Wild-Caught Seafood when possible