Record Breaking NC Shrimp Harvest


North Carolina shrimp catch soared to new record last year

By Jeff Hampton
The Virginian-Pilot

North Carolina shrimp trawlers caught more of America’s favorite seafood last year than any time on record. The verdict on why is unclear.

Shrimpers in 2016 harvested a record 13.2 million pounds worth $28 million, a 45 percent increase over the previous year, according to state biologists.

A warm autumn gets much of the credit leading to big hauls through New Year’s Day, some two months longer than usual, according to a release from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.

Keith Bruno, owner of Endurance Seafood in Oriental, also credits mild temperatures.

“Weather makes all the difference,” he said.

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