November 22, 2013
Local shrimp processors say a dearth in supply is contributing to record prices for the local catch as the fall season comes to a close.
Lagging imports are contributing to the steep prices while trawlers ponder what is causing the lack of shrimp this year.
The fall season, when white shrimp are caught, typically closes in mid-December. Figures for the season's catch will not be tabulated by state wildlife officials until into next year, but local processors are saying the season is shaping up to be one of the worst harvests in memory.
“Prices are the best we have ever seen, but supply is at an all-time low,” said David Chauvin, who owns three Terrebonne seafood businesses with his wife, Kim. “Dollar for dollar, it is 80 percent above normal, price-wise.”