Seafood Lover owner Steve Edwards is determined not to raise his shrimp prices — at least for now — despite a lag in supply this season.
Edwards has been primarily buying shrimp from three boats in the area for the past 30 years. He knows the shrimpers’ costs are up and their catches down, he said.
“I hope I can weather it,” he said of the shrimp shortfall. “They could turn around and have a good season.”
The commercial shrimp season will close 30 minutes after sunset May 23, which is about a week later than normal.
Both Texas and the National Marine Fisheries Service decided to delay the close to allow shrimp that have reached the Gulf to grow to a larger, more valuable size, according to the Coastal Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Shrimp growth rates have been slower this spring because of cooler temperatures and higher salt quantities, according to the state agency.
The United States imports about 80 percent of its shrimp, so restaurants that stock imported, farm-raised shrimp will not be impacted by the local shrimp shortage. Local restaurants who use wild caught shrimp won’t be so lucky.