Today, NOAA released shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico for June 2016.
For the month, NOAA reported landings of 11.7 million pounds shrimp in the region, 34.8% below the prior fourteen-year historical average. However, there was significantly more shrimp caught in the Gulf this June than in the prior year (9.7 million pounds). Last year, Louisiana shrimpers landed less shrimp (4.8 million pounds) than in any previous year going back to 2002. Last month, 6.7 million pounds of shrimp were reported to have been landed in the state.
For the year, 35.2 million pounds of shrimp have been landed in the Gulf of Mexico, an amount that is 20.7% below the prior fourteen-year historical average.
For the first half of 2016, landings in Alabama (4.6 million pounds) are the highest recorded over the last fifteen years, while landings in Texas (9.1 million pounds) are the highest since 2012. Every state has reported landing more shrimp in 2016 than in 2015, with Louisiana at 16.8 million pounds this year compared to 15.1 million pounds last year, the West Coast of Florida at 3.2 million pounds compared to 3.1 million pounds last year, and Mississippi reporting almost 70,000 more pounds of shrimp landed this year than in 2015.
Ex-vessel pricing data for the month of June continues to show the sharp divergence in prices for large and small shrimp. On one hand, the prices for 41/50 count headless remained at historic lows and were reported to be $1.43 per pound in the Northern Gulf last month. On the other hand, the prices for UN/15 count headless were reported to be $8.60 per pound in the Northern Gulf last month, up from $7.51 per pound in June 2015.
Please click the following link to view SSA’s compilation and summary of June 2002-2016 Shrimp Landings and Ex-Vessel Prices for June 2001-2016: