Mexican shrimp season off to slow start due to weather with less product around
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton Sept. 22, 2014
Although the Mexican wild shrimp season opened on Sept. 5th, two hurricanes, another tropical storm this weekend, and bad weather in between have really slammed catches, with many plants reporting only 40% to 60% of their usual production.
Shortly before the season opened, hurricane Norbert passed to the west. Then two weeks later, Odile, the strongest storm to hit Baja California since 1967, made landfall.
And over the weekend, another weaker tropical storm - Polo - is following a similar track.
The weather has really cut into shrimp production.
The normal pattern is for a surge of shrimp landings as the season opens, and then a falling back to a lower level pace. For the bigger freezer boats, landings on the first trip are usually double what happens on the second and subsequent trips.
Pangas also see a similar drop off.
This year the surge lasted only a day or two, and then volumes rapidly lessened..Full Story »