Shrimp – U.S. Southeast, Skimmer Trawl & Louisiana, Bottom Trawl
Several species of shrimp are commercially caught in the U.S. South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, including White Shrimp, Brown Shrimp, Pink Shrimp, Rock Shrimp, Royal Red Shrimp, and Seabob Shrimp.
All Shrimp species are short-lived and produce many young. The abundances of Shrimp vary according to environmental conditions.
Shrimp trawling damages benthic (seafloor) habitat and results in large amounts of bycatch, including commercially important fish species and threatened and endangered sea turtles. Turtle excluder devices, which are designed to allow sea turtles to escape from the nets, are not required in Louisiana or on skimmer trawls, and therefore these fisheries are rated red.