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Massive Shrimp in the Gulf?

Discussion in 'Florida Diving' started by matts1w, May 2, 2012.

  1. matts1w

    matts1w Instructor, Scuba

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  2. danvolker

    danvolker Dive Shop

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    Sounds like what could be a new version of the last Godzilla movie, with the Corexit dispersant ( horrifyingly toxic) causing the massive new shrimp, to assemble and forever change the food chain :)
     
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  3. tomfcrist

    tomfcrist NAUI Instructor

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    looks like a marketable item to me. Looks pretty tastey as well.
     
  4. danvolker

    danvolker Dive Shop

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    Wasn't there a SciFi movie where creatures were genetically modified to become huge, for the purposes of feeding humans? :)
     
  5. tomfcrist

    tomfcrist NAUI Instructor

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    I have no idea......im not a sci fi fanatic......i tend to eat sea creatures, not fantasize about gigantic mutant ones with ambitions of taking over the earth.
     
  6. matts1w

    matts1w Instructor, Scuba

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    When I first moved to Jakarta and saw tons of massive Tiger Prawns fresh on ice at the local market I thought I died and gone to seafood heaven. I purchased a bag, fired up the third hand webber, and got to work. Bottom line is they taste pretty freakin' nasty, although I suspect the ones in the stores are farm raised in some muddy, funky, skanky swamp water. The three things I miss most from living on Fort Myers Beach: grilled grouper sandwiches, sunsets over Sanibel, and fresh gulf shrimp. Oh....and buffalo shrimp from The Cottage.
     
  7. Angry Turtle

    Angry Turtle Manta Ray

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    But you still get to dive in Indonesia :D
     
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  8. Danielle's_Dives

    Danielle's_Dives Solo Diver

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    This was brought to my attention last week by my husband from a daily mail article and I am doing some more research on it. Looks yummy to me. I know the tiger prawns I buy from Australia aren't this big but they are tasty :D Some of the articles state that it is eating the smaller shrimp but can this replace it if so for more profits to fisherman? Don't jump on me, I am not for or against them and yes, I do understand that introduced species can be a pain in the backside and do harm to ecosystems.
     
  9. Hank49

    Hank49 Instructor, Scuba

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    More likely you got some shrimp that wasn't iced and taken care of properly from fishing boat and or ponds to the market. I've eaten a LOT of tiger shrimp and they are as good as any other species.
    If they were larger than 35-40 grams in size (21/25s or 26/30 tails per lb by US measurement) there were likely wild caught since hardly any farms grow them bigger than that.
    If they were over 60 grams or up to 200 grams, they were definitely wild caught.
    As to growing them in "muddy, funky, skanky swamp water".... tiger shrimp are one of the more difficult to grow in ponds (more so in hatcheries) and of the hundreds of farms I've been to in 4 countries in SE Asia, none were using the water conditions that you describe. I would venture to say that it is virtually impossible to do so.

    I would guess, that like lion fish, the Penaeus monodon (tiger shrimp) are here to stay. The shrimp trawlers do a good job of raping the sea floor in the Gulf but they won't get them all.
     
  10. koozemani

    koozemani Loggerhead Turtle

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