Andrea Hance of San Benito picked a good time to take over as executive director of the Texas Shrimp Association, with Gulf shrimp prices at historic highs and nearly everyone with a trawler clambering for a piece of the action.
In contrast, the timing of her entry into the shrimping business itself was less
Hance and her husband, Preston, bought their first shrimp boat in 2007 — just in time for the industry, beset by foreign imports, to hit rock bottom. She recalls fetching an average of $1.65 a wholesale pound — pitiful compared to the $6.50
a pound shrimpers are getting today on average.
“It was probably the worst possible time for somebody to buy a shrimp boat,”
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