|On Tuesday, the Fishery Monitoring Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center released shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico for June 2019.
NOAA reported that shrimp landings in the Gulf last month (11.1 million pounds) were slightly higher than in June 2018 and June 2017 (10.9 million pounds). Nevertheless, commercial shrimp landings last month were 33.6 percent below the prior seventeen-year historic average of 16.7 million pounds for June.
Although landings volumes appear to have recovered somewhat in June, for the year, the commercial shrimp harvest remains substantially below previous years. Over the first half of 2019, 28.6 million pounds of shrimp have been landed in the Gulf of Mexico, an amount that is 34.0 percent below the prior seventeen-year historic average of 43.4 million pounds and is the second lowest amount reported for a January to June time period since 2002. For 2019 thus far, landings in Louisiana (10.5 million pounds) and the west coast of Florida (2.0 million pounds) are the lowest reported in the historic dataset maintained by the Southern Shrimp Alliance, while landings in Mississippi (1.1 million pounds) are the second lowest total reported.
Last month, NOAA reported ex-vessel prices for just two count sizes of shrimp landed in the eastern Gulf (west coast of Florida) and just three count sizes of shrimp landed in the northern Gulf (Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi). The ex-vessel prices reported for shrimp landed in the western Gulf (Texas) were roughly in line with the ex-vessel prices reported for the same count sizes in June 2018.
NOAA’s monthly reporting of shrimp landings in the Gulf of Mexico continues to include the following disclaimer:
“BE ADVISED THAT THE SUMMARIES IN THIS REPORT ARE COLLECTED OR ESTIMATED BY THE FEDERAL PORT AGENTS AND MAY NOT REFLECT THE LANDINGS FROM THE STATES”
As previously noted, the numbers reported – and the ex-vessel prices that have not been reported – over the last several months by NOAA appear to indicate that port agents may have been unable to collect information in the same manner as they have done historically.
Please click the following link to view SSA’s compilation and summary of June 2002-2019 Shrimp Landings and Ex-Vessel Prices for June 2001-2019: