POSTED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 4:31pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 8:32am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Shrimping season isn't until July, but some experts are already foreseeing a bleak season. Shrimp business owner Carlton Reyes explains why there could be a decrease in the amount of shrimp that's readily available in the US.
"We see a shortage of farm-raised imports. Most of the countries that farm raise shrimp, that export shrimp to the US, are experiencing what they call Early Mortality Syndrome, EMS, and that’s what’s going to have an effect on shrimp in this country."
Many Middle Eastern countries who farm raise shrimp use antibiotics that the FDA has banned in the US for health reasons. But in the Rio Grande Valley, you may be luckier than other American citizens in terms of having healthier shrimp with better availability.
“In this area, thank God, they still use, pretty much, the, uh, Wild Caught Domestic Shrimp. However, there are some restaurant chains that only serve farm-raised shrimp.”
Wild Caught Domestic Shrimp are a little late coming out of the bays. But it may be too soon to tell if this will affect the entire season.
“Although some shrimp lovers might be upset about a shortage this season, some shrimp distributing companies, like Reyes Trawlings, could see a spike in their sales due to higher demands and increased prices.”
If the demand is still there, but the, the quantity, the supply isn’t there, then yes it drives up prices some. So, in, in the long run, it might benefit us."
REPORTING IN BROWNSVILLE, MARTY WATSON, KVEO NEWS CENTER 23.