As one shrimping season ends, another begins

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 5:26pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 9:58am

The nets are up and the shrimp from the Gulf are in.

And after all the wild caught shrimp were counted by Brownsville shrimpers at the end of the season, there were no chart-topping numbers.

"The season July to December was an average year," said Reyes Marine owner Carlton Reyes. 

And while some shrimpers hoped for better luck in January, they didn't get it:

"We sent some boats out in January and they didn't do very good...there's just not very much shrimp out there and the weather was pretty bad," said Reyes.

But there was an upside...for local shrimping companies. Because nearly half of the farm-raised shrimp, which are usually imported to the US, were not able to be imported because of bacteria problems, the demand for local wild caught shrimp increased.

"Well last year, 2013, we had better prices than we had than we've had, probably in the last ten or 12 years," said Reyes.

...which means that prices were raised for consumers.

But the end of one thing usually means the start of something else. 

Even though shrimping season is between July and December, the white shrimp season just got started earlier this week.

"There's times when they open up the season on white shrimp, which is usually around February 15, yes- but it's yet to determine whether, you know, we're gonna have a good white shrimp season or not," said Reyes.

Reyes says they'll be better able to determine how the white shrimp season goes in several weeks.

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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