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Posted: Monday, 31 March 2014 7:00AM

Pricey shrimp

This season's shrimp harvest so far has been smaller than normal and that has caused prices at the market to go up for consumers. Louisiana Shrimp Association President Clint Guidry says most of the shrimp we eat is imported and there has been a decline in imported shrimp.

"Farm raised shrimp, especially from Thailand, that is imported into this country started experiencing a disease problem called early mortality syndrome. Thailand's official numbers are probably about a 70 % reduction in imports," Guidry says.

Guidry says this is the highest price of shrimp he has seen in years. He is hopeful that there will be a price decrease in the late spring when the catch is usually better.

"This year we're about $2.80 right now and I think the current price is about $2.70 or $2.80. On the New York market right now they are over $9.00 a pound and we haven't seen that high of prices even since the year 2000," Guidry says.

Guidry says fishermen are always looking up and hope to see plenty more shrimp around May and June, which will lower consumer prices. He says this when Louisiana gets about 5 percent of our shrimp harvest.

"Fisherman are eternal optimists, if you wouldn't be an optimist, you wouldn't be a fisherman. You always think you're going to load the boat down tomorrow," Guidry says.

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