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HRI Researcher Predicts Bumper Crop of Brown Shrimp

July 17, 2012

stunz tamucc CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The brown shrimp season began July 15 and Dr. Greg Stunz, endowed chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, says that the prediction for this year’s crop is good news for shrimp lovers and the Coastal States’ economy.

According to Stunz, part of a team examining the BP spill's impact, the FDA and NOAA have determined that the adult shrimp to be harvested this year pose no health risk. Three environmental factors -- warm weather, higher salinity in marsh waters, and strong southerly winds -- made the estuaries more favorable to shrimp survival and growth.

“Estimates based on samplings done by Texas Universities and the state and federal government predict that the harvest will be just short of 60 million pounds, which is above the 50-year average of 56.5 million pounds,” said Stunz. “That’s very good news for both fishermen and consumers because the shrimp are bountiful and the price is relatively low.”

A major focus of Stunz’s research program is the gathering and dissemination of scientific data for sustainable management of  marine fisheries and ocean resources to ensure healthy environments. His diverse research program currently focuses on the tracking of migration patterns of marine life using a variety of state-of-the-art electronic devices, how marine animals interact with their habitats, and the vital role that estuaries and near-shore waters play in sustaining marine populations.


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