Skip to comments.Black Tiger shrimp are surfacing in the Gulf ( Texas )
Posted on 01/02/2012 11:20:36 AM PST by george76
The giant Black Tiger shrimp that Ron Pockrus caught off the Texas coast might be the biggest threat to the $700 million Gulf shrimp industry to come along in years, marine biologists said.
Pockrus, the owner of a 13-vessel shrimp fleet operating out of Brownsville, caught the 12-inch, 13-ounce specimen last week.
Pockrus said hes been aware of the species for about three years but hadnt seen one. Now, he has turned in two to marine and wildlife officials this season.
I have another boat coming in with one on it now, Pockrus said. That makes the third one weve picked up.
The Black Tiger shrimp is indigenous to the eastern coast of Africa. Its ranges to the Indo-Pacific region and south to Australia.
Black Tigers can grow to 13 inches and weigh as much as a pound
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On the plus side, they’re tasty.
You’re gonna need a bigger barbie...
If they taste good what’s the problem?
Can you eat ‘em?
Boy! The term shrimp is losing its meaning of very small.
I worked in the (inland) seafood business for a couple of years.
Tiger shrimp were and are the shrimp equivalent of trash fish but unscrupulous restauranteurs and gullible diners made tiger shrimp popular simply because the stripes made them seem exotic, I suppose.
The best shrimp is a nice pink specimen, preferably from Ecuador.
I don’t understand what the problem is with these black shrimp. Aren’t they edible? Are they on an endangered list?
If they’re predators, wouldn’t it make sense to try to catch as many as possible and eat them? Preserving them for a lab is a waste of food.
From the sound of it they will be the next tilapia.
If you season them and bread them and fry them enough people will eat em and think they’re great.
I could go for a few boiled up right now!
I have eaten & enjoyed tiger shrimp
Of late I have been buying shrimp farm raised in se asiA
They are frozen cleaned and never have that iodine taste that sometimes comes with wild caught shrimp
"The problem, said Tony Reisinger, a Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for coastal and marine resources in South Texas, is the Black Tiger is extremely destructive toward native species and could have disastrous effects on the Gulf shrimp ecosystem. We are studying them now, and we think they have the ability to take over the feeding grounds and habitats of our native species, Reisinger said. They are very aggressive, and when their food source is extinguished, they feed off smaller shrimp and oysters as well.
“I could go for a few boiled up right now!”
Never, ever, EVER boil a shrimp. Peel ‘em, toss ‘em with a little fresh lime juice and “Old Bay”, lay ‘em out in a single layer on a rectangular cooking sheet (with sides) and broil ‘em 3” from the top oven element (broiler temp set to high) for 3 minutes, 3 minutes only. Best you’ll ever eat.
Boiling just washes/leaches away the flavor that is poured down the drain.
“Pockrus said he didnt know if the giant Black Tiger shrimp might someday replace the indigenous Gulf shrimp as a cash crop for fishermen.
Maybe they could Im not sure what to think, Pockrus said. All I know is I believe they have the potential to forever change (the shrimp fishing industry) in the Gulf.”
Seems to me if they taste the same or better than the native species, who cares if the native species goes extinct?
You are aware that SE Asian shrimp are raised in ponds under raised chicken houses/coops? The shrimp are not fed, in the traditional sense - they feast on the chicken waste...
Just an FYI to season your day!
So what brought them to the gulf? Those Chinese Oil rig workers drilling the oil in the gulf that Obama won’t let us drill?
I HAVE read the article.
I just don’t see what the problem is. Catch the black shrimp and eat them. I’m sure one black shrimp will fill a belly better than one of those tiny shrimps.
Not that much different than fresh garden vegetables that transform manure from a variety of animals into tasty nutritious food.
[ Tiger shrimp were and are the shrimp equivalent of trash fish but unscrupulous restauranteurs and gullible diners made tiger shrimp popular simply because the stripes made them seem exotic, I suppose. ]
Huge shrimp is TRASH!!!. Are you a democrat?..
Surely you’re a democrat.. only a democrat could be 180 degrees off top dead center..
I will offer up my plate in the interest of reducing their population and saving an industry.
I don't think extinction of the native shrimp is really possible. The real issue is likely an economic one: What will be the changes, if any, in the populations of tiger shrimp vs. their prey species? If they get a good foothold you can expect the native shrimp to become less common and the tiger shrimp more so. Question is, will the tonnage of all shrimp caught stay the same, or drop, or increase? And what will happen to the dollar value of that catch?
Oh gross, good I can’t afford them. What is left I can eat?
Six legged, two beaked chickens who also eat poop?
I am depressed.
Actually - there is a big difference - beneficial life in the soil (nematodes, bacteria, insects, and a variety of other “friends” do the conversion into the form the plants can take in. Plants don’t directly turn poop to tomatoes!
Very interesting...thanks for sharing. Will have to try that method.
You do realize they can probably reproduce so quickly that we can’t eat them enough and they will destroy the native populations?
This is yet another story in a long line of horrors produced when a non-native species is introduced. Man typically fights a losing battle in these situations.
Personally - I really like them grilled! Pecan or Cherry wood are my favorite fuel woods for shrimp (and indeed -most seafood).
who said they were introduced probably just swam over or were aided by an african coast forming hurricane in coming over
If they reproduce so quickly then why have there been so few caught in the States?
If we can’t eat them fast enough then maybe they’re over priced or not easily available. I’ve never seen black shrimp at the store.
Then again, what’s wrong canning them for cat and dog food?
Good points yes.
Why is there any reason at all to think that the current distribution of species around the world is optimum or even equilibrium?
We have knowledge of the distribution of species over only a very short time, and it is ludicrous to think this is the way it always has been. In fact, we know for certain that the current distribution is not the same as it was even a few centuries ago.
This isn't bad, it is just the way things happen.
Damn, stick one of those suckers on a hook when you’re out fishing and they’ll go get the fish for you. Would probably kick the fishes butt. Don’t know if I’d want to stick my hand in a bait bucket full of those things.
Nah... Steamed with beer and Old Bay.
A fried shrimp is a fried shrimp. The bigger the better. LOL!!
“Scientists haven’t yet confirmed its identity,...”
His name is Fred.
"Boiled shrimp, blackened shrimp, grilled shrimp, fried shrimp, popcorn shrimp, coconut shrimp, stuffed shrimp, shrimp gumbo, shrimp creole, shrimp tartar, shrimp etouffee, shrimp cocktail..."
“extremely destructive toward native species and could have disastrous effects on the Gulf shrimp ecosystem”???
What I find to have an extremely destructive and disastrous effect on Gulf ecosystems is Gulf Shrimpers dragging their down riggers through gulf sea grass.
But hey, I only fish ther and sail there/
Okay, what’s Old Bay and is that 3 minutes per side or will they cook through?
Truthfully, I haven’t eaten anything but wild-caught shrimp since I learned they are raised in septic tanks and imported from China.
Old Bay is a brand name of Chesapeake Bay seasoning. Great, but J.O. is better, IMHO.
Guess I’ll just have catfish instead.
I would think, genetically, these tigers (?the ‘tiger’ shrimp I’ve seen for sale in TX are always blue, not black)
would have an impossible time burrowing into the sandy GOM bottom as our pink, white and brown ones do to escape predators.
I wonder if the lack of hurricanes in the GOM has anything to do with their being populous enough to catch.
How they got here? Water in hatches from ships coming West carried the larvae, I suppose, as I think all shrimp breed in estuaries. That’s what we were taught, anyhow.
I think this tiger has enough bad things going for it, like me, who’d scoop them up if they became commercially available here.
I will NOT eat Tilapia and people always seem surprised by it. What a nasty fish.
Same as grilling them.