Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Where Do Jonah Crabs Come Fron?

A growing market demand for jonah crab has increased fishing effort along the USA Atlantic Coast in the last two decades, according to an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) stock assessment of the species.

Jonah crab are harvested by lobstermen using lobster traps. As the demand for Jonah crab has increased, a mixed crustacean fishery has emerged that can target American lobster, Jonah crab, or both species.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Global Aquaculture Alliance Website Re-Design

The Global Aquaculture Alliance has strengthened its online presence by re-launching its websites ( and designed to better communicate its mission of advocating, educating and demonstrating responsible aquaculture practices to feed and employ future generations.

The new websites feature search and map functionalities for the list of more than 700 Best Aquaculture Practices-certified facilities, a marketing toolkit and a consumer-facing webpage. The new GAA and BAP websites made their official debut at Seafood Expo North America.

source: Global Aquaculture Alliance

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Texas Shrimp Season 2014

Consumers in Texas are likely to find a good supply of wild-caught shrimp for the 2014 shrimping season. Shrimp trawling opened in federal and state waters off Texas on July 15, 2014.

Each year, shrimping is closed to protect brown shrimp during emigration from the bays to the Gulf of Mexico. The early season closure allows Texas shrimp to reach a larger and more valuable size before harvest, and prevents waste of shrimp that might otherwise be discarded because of their small size.

source: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Northern Shrimp Moratorium (USA Northeast)

It could be months or years before consumers begin seeing fresh local northern shrimp in New England seafood markets again. In December 2013, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) established a moratorium for the 2014 fishing season, based on the findings of the 2013 stock assessment update. The Commission noted that due to recruitment failure for the past three years, it is possible that the moratorium could extend beyond one year.

source: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

Friday, June 6, 2014

South Carolina Shrimp Season

South Carolina's commercial shrimp fishery is composed of three distinct segments.

The shrimp season typically begins in spring with catches of white roe shrimp. The white roe shrimp season generates the most value for fishing effort with early season prices for larger roe shrimp being relatively high.

The brown shrimp season typically occurs during the summer months

The larger fall white shrimp season, composed of offspring from the spring roe crop, begins in late summer and ends in winter.

Total landings for shrimp during the 2013 season, measured heads-off, was just over 1.3 million pounds, which was well below average for the state. Fall white shrimp landings in 2013 were the lowest on record.

source: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources