Record Breaking NC Shrimp Harvest
North Carolina shrimp catch soared to new record last year
By Jeff Hampton
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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