Invasion of the Giant Killer Shrimp. Hide, or buy cocktail sauce.
I thought this was pretty telling -- our native shrimp species in the Gulf and Atlantic are facing competition from Asian Tiger Shrimp that have escaped from aquaculture and now breed on their own.
We have various invasive species here in the Great Lakes, including tiny Zebra Mussels that breed in enormous numbers and suck nutrients from the water. Cleaner water, but less food in the food chain for the diatoms and other plankton that form the basis for higher animals like fish.
"Grab a fork and some cocktail sauce. A lot of cocktail sauce. North Carolina waters may be on the brink of a population explosion of an invasive species that is troubling, tasty and titanic.
Well, titanic for a shrimp.
There has been an ominous spike in catches here and across the Southeast of Asian tiger shrimp, a Pacific and Indian Ocean species that can grow more than a foot long and weigh nearly a pound."