Tiger shrimp invading Louisiana waters

Some shrimp do not live up to their name by being, well, not so “shrimpy” in size. A popular oxymoron is “jumbo shrimp” but the non-native crustaceans invading Louisiana waters put even this larger variety to shame.

The Times-Picayune reported Asian tiger shrimp (or prawn) becoming a growing concern in the Gulf of Mexico as the species can get larger than a foot long and weigh more than a pound, causing some to worry that it could outcompete native species.

“We are all worried about it,” Kim Chauvin, who is a shrimp processor in Terrebonne Parish, told the Times-Picayune. “We are confused and scared and have been asking a lot of questions and not been given many answers.”

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