Bubba Shrimp Company

Brown Shrimp

Brown shrimp is one of the three species of penaeid shrimp havested in the South Atlantaic and Gulf of Mexico. It is one of the most valuable fisheries in the southeastern United States, mostly harvested in Texas and Louisiana. Brown shrimp are availible year round. Imported shrimp however, takes 30% of all the US seafood import from south Asian countries. Brown shrimp live in shallow water, generally under 180 feet. Shrimp usually move at night, and during the day cover themselves in mud substraight. Therefore when shrimp fishing, trowling is the primary method to remove the shrimp from the sea floor.


In today's time, trawl vessels must have a turtle excluder device (TED). The employment of these devices have started a spike in turtle population increase since 2010. The vessels must also include Bycatch Reduction Device (BRD) to reduce finfish bycatch.


These improvements have drastically reduced the impacts of shrimp fishing however, they have not totally ended all the bad practices.

125 Keystone Way, Islamorada Florida

706-252-0231

bubbashrimpcompany@shrimping.org


Hours

Monday - Friday: 6:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Saturday: 5:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Sunday: 12:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

We are Bubba Shrimp

Bubba Scrimp

“Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There’s shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That, that’s about it.” – Bubba

Our Solution

One of the biggest problems with shrimp fishing is the bycatch of the ever endagered: eulachon. These fish get trapped in the net, and since they fish at net, thefish cannot find their way out. One of the solutions is attaching led lights to the nets which illuminate the escape routes for the fish. The NOAA fisheries has conducted research and has found that in 40 tows, the bycatch was reduced by 40%. While the original brown shrimp population was only effected by 1%. However the attachment of the led lights near the BRD or TED will decrease the effectiveness of both the lights and bycatch reduction devices. The season of shrimping should not be reduced because most fisherman live season to season on the paychecks. However we suggest that there be a spacific amount of shrimping per grid area to keep the areas not fished to be replinished. Just as a farmer rotates his crops, we should rotate our fishing fields also. The brown shrimp live only in the southern Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. A solution could be to ban fishing in the Atlantic for one season, while fishing in the gulf resumes. Then vise versa every season. This will allow for the native shrimp population to replinish itself.


Another problem is the destruction of the habitat of the brown shrimp by the ocean trawling vessels. These trawl lines that stir up the ocean bottom often cause a destruction of the sea floor. In order to solve this problem we suggest a modification of the fishing gear. We would like to see everyone install a weak link which will break off if the line is hung up on something. What is the benefit to the shrimpers? Well when a line gets staged it causes excess drag and strain on the boat which can break or wear out parts on the ship. SO by running this weak link, you not only protect your shrimp's habitat, you also protect your investment: your boat. . Shrimp trawlers use a drag chain to stir up the dirt in which the shrimp live in. In order to stop this drag chain from getting attached to reefs or anythign else which can harm the enviornment, 'weak-links" are installed that break off if the chain get snaged on anything.


The data collected, and the bycatch results were based on 10 samples of a 5 gallon bucket of catch product. Inside, each sample would be seperated by shrimp and bycatch. The overall sucess of the research is deemed by the sucess of the few to represent the many.