In 2008, commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico harvested 1.27 billion pounds of finfish and shellfish. Commercial fishermen earned $659 million in total landings revenue in 2008 from gulf fishing. Two of the largest commercial fishing operations in the Gulf of Mexico are red snapper and shrimp. Brown shrimp is the most important species in the U.S. Gulf fishery, with principal catches made from June through October.
The following shrimp species are found in the Gulf of Mexico:
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Gulf fishing and shrimp were apart of my day. I took a walk toward the Treme today and stopped in a mom and pop convenient store on Rampart St. It is run by a Korean family, they fix a shrimp Po’ Boy for $5.49. As I ate the sandwich, I wondered about the safety of the shrimp. It was the first shrimp Po’ Boy I have had since the spill.