Invasion of the Giant Killer Shrimp. Hide, or buy cocktail sauce.

denninmi(8a)January 20, 2013

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."

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/05/25/3267923/lobster-sized-shrimp-moving-into.html#storylink=cpy

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marquest(z5 PA)

I think we had a post about this shrimp in Louisiana. It is going to be interesting with climate change. The 55 degrees could make them plentiful in other areas.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 1:22PM
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david52 Zone 6

In the west, its crawdads. I 'believe' they're just the normal species from the south but transported to the streams and rivers here, where they're invasive in trout streams, as well as everything else.

They eat stuff the stuff that trout eat eats.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 1:31PM
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hamiltongardener(CAN 6a)

I think we can eat them to extinction... we do it quite well with other species.

Bring your appetites and the garlic butter.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 2:21PM
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bill_vincent(Central Maine)

They eat stuff the stuff that trout eat eats.

Hell, up this way, they're a preferred food source for both trout AND bass.

As fer them shrimp, BRING EM ON!!

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 5:34PM
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elvis

Yes, we had a thread on this last year. I'm pretty sure we all got hungry ;D

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 5:47PM
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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

Yes, there is a gigamonstrous gmo-bred salmon in our future. These fish will run many times the length and weight of wild salmon, thereby threatening food sources of wild trout, wild salmon, and other fish.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 5:48PM
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labrea_gw

Yeah bring on the extinction it's better for my local red lobster!
Laudable!

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 11:30PM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

These fish will run many times the length and weight of wild salmon, thereby threatening food sources of wild trout, wild salmon, and other fish.

Yikes! From your description I expect to see them cruising the Sunset Strip on Friday nights.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 12:09AM
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shaxhome

Personally, I'm partial to a nice piece of squid...8 metres of it!

Here is a link that might be useful: Big Fella!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 12:31AM
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