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Black Tiger shrimp are surfacing in the Gulf ( Texas )
The Galveston County Daily News ^ | December 19, 2011 | Mike Gunning

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 he’s been aware of the species for about three years but hadn’t 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 we’ve 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

(Excerpt) Read more at galvestondailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Food; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: africa; australia; farming; fishermen; fishing; jumboshrimp; shrimp; texas; tigershrimp
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1 posted on 01/02/2012 11:20:38 AM PST by george76
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To: george76

On the plus side, they’re tasty.


2 posted on 01/02/2012 11:24:36 AM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: george76

3 posted on 01/02/2012 11:25:08 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

You’re gonna need a bigger barbie...


4 posted on 01/02/2012 11:26:33 AM PST by ken5050 (Support Admin Mods: Doing the tough, hard, dirty jobs that Americans won't do...)
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To: george76

If they taste good what’s the problem?


5 posted on 01/02/2012 11:29:40 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: george76

Can you eat ‘em?


6 posted on 01/02/2012 11:29:40 AM PST by Yashcheritsiy
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To: driftdiver

Boy! The term shrimp is losing its meaning of very small.


7 posted on 01/02/2012 11:33:44 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: george76

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.


8 posted on 01/02/2012 11:35:38 AM PST by relictele (Green energy is neither)
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To: george76

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.


9 posted on 01/02/2012 11:37:07 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: george76
A JUMBO shrimp
10 posted on 01/02/2012 11:38:39 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("At a time like this, we can't afford the luxury of thinking!")
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To: george76
I wonder what they'd be like in a shrimp poboy ...


11 posted on 01/02/2012 11:39:16 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: relictele

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.


12 posted on 01/02/2012 11:39:46 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Oberon

I could go for a few boiled up right now!


13 posted on 01/02/2012 11:40:24 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: NonValueAdded
"A JUMBO shrimp"

a Shrump?

14 posted on 01/02/2012 11:41:12 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: relictele

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


15 posted on 01/02/2012 11:42:31 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
From the article...

"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.”

16 posted on 01/02/2012 11:42:56 AM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: 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.

Yeah, no one will want big shrimp.

If someone really wanted to threaten the Gulf shrimp industry, they could take a very aggressive shrimp and clone in a gene that produces cadaverine.
17 posted on 01/02/2012 11:44:38 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Blood of Tyrants

“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.


18 posted on 01/02/2012 11:45:53 AM PST by nesnah
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To: Oberon; All

“Pockrus said he didn’t know if the giant Black Tiger shrimp might someday replace the indigenous Gulf shrimp as a cash crop for fishermen.

“Maybe they could — I’m 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?


19 posted on 01/02/2012 11:47:06 AM PST by FourtySeven (47)
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To: george76
They look too much like crawdads for me. (allergic)
20 posted on 01/02/2012 11:52:55 AM PST by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: Vaquero

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!


21 posted on 01/02/2012 11:54:01 AM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: george76
time for a little
22 posted on 01/02/2012 11:54:43 AM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: george76

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?


23 posted on 01/02/2012 11:56:16 AM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: Jane Long

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.


24 posted on 01/02/2012 11:57:03 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: TheBattman
The shrimp are not fed, in the traditional sense - they feast on the chicken waste...

Not that much different than fresh garden vegetables that transform manure from a variety of animals into tasty nutritious food.

25 posted on 01/02/2012 11:58:05 AM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: relictele

[ 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..


26 posted on 01/02/2012 11:58:43 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: george76

I will offer up my plate in the interest of reducing their population and saving an industry.


27 posted on 01/02/2012 11:59:09 AM PST by dforest
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To: FourtySeven
Seems to me if they taste the same or better than the native species, who cares if the native species goes extinct?

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?

28 posted on 01/02/2012 12:02:21 PM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: TheBattman

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.


29 posted on 01/02/2012 12:02:42 PM PST by dforest
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To: Bernard Marx

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!


30 posted on 01/02/2012 12:06:47 PM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: nesnah

Very interesting...thanks for sharing. Will have to try that method.


31 posted on 01/02/2012 12:07:38 PM PST by dubyagee ("I can't complain, but sometimes I still do.")
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

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.


32 posted on 01/02/2012 12:12:37 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: nesnah
Boiling just washes/leaches away the flavor that is poured down the drain.

Personally - I really like them grilled! Pecan or Cherry wood are my favorite fuel woods for shrimp (and indeed -most seafood).

33 posted on 01/02/2012 12:13:05 PM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: rwfromkansas

who said they were introduced probably just swam over or were aided by an african coast forming hurricane in coming over


34 posted on 01/02/2012 12:22:15 PM PST by scottteng (Tax government employees til they quit and find something useful to do)
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To: rwfromkansas

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?


35 posted on 01/02/2012 12:25:13 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Oberon

Good points yes.


36 posted on 01/02/2012 12:25:43 PM PST by FourtySeven (47)
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To: rwfromkansas
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.

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.

37 posted on 01/02/2012 12:26:26 PM PST by CurlyDave
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To: george76

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.

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38 posted on 01/02/2012 12:32:06 PM PST by flatfish
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To: nesnah

Nah... Steamed with beer and Old Bay.


39 posted on 01/02/2012 12:45:12 PM PST by Hatteras
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To: relictele

A fried shrimp is a fried shrimp. The bigger the better. LOL!!


40 posted on 01/02/2012 12:50:18 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: driftdiver

“Scientists haven’t yet confirmed its identity,...”

His name is Fred.


41 posted on 01/02/2012 12:51:43 PM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: flatfish

"Boiled shrimp, blackened shrimp, grilled shrimp, fried shrimp, popcorn shrimp, coconut shrimp, stuffed shrimp, shrimp gumbo, shrimp creole, shrimp tartar, shrimp etouffee, shrimp cocktail..."

42 posted on 01/02/2012 12:51:49 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: george76

“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/


43 posted on 01/02/2012 1:15:19 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) You'd be mad as hell to if you were married to that wookie bitch little fag that he is)
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To: nesnah; TheBattman

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.

Thanks


44 posted on 01/02/2012 1:19:45 PM PST by panaxanax (0bama >>WORST PRESIDENT EVER.)
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To: panaxanax

Old Bay is a brand name of Chesapeake Bay seasoning. Great, but J.O. is better, IMHO.


45 posted on 01/02/2012 1:25:17 PM PST by Holen1 ("Those possessed by nothing possess everything.")
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To: panaxanax

http://www.oldbay.com/

http://www.jospices.com/


46 posted on 01/02/2012 1:28:18 PM PST by Holen1 ("Those possessed by nothing possess everything.")
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To: TheBattman

Guess I’ll just have catfish instead.


47 posted on 01/02/2012 1:33:29 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: CurlyDave

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.


48 posted on 01/02/2012 1:41:04 PM PST by txhurl (Perry/Pence 2012 OR Perry/Ryan 2012 or even better Perry/Abbott 2012!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I will NOT eat Tilapia and people always seem surprised by it. What a nasty fish.


49 posted on 01/02/2012 1:52:19 PM PST by sheana
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To: nesnah

Same as grilling them.


50 posted on 01/02/2012 1:56:51 PM PST by waterhill (Keep your boogerhooker off the bangswitch!)
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