Sh-sh-shrimp! Foot-long cannibal prawns increase in Gulf waters

Invasive tiger prawns can grow to size of lobsters, eat smaller shrimp

A big increase in reports of Asian tiger shrimp along the U.S. Southeast coast and in the Gulf of Mexico has federal biologists worried the species is encroaching on native species' territory. The shrimp are known to eat their smaller cousins, and sightings of the massive crustaceans have gone up tenfold in the last year, biologists say.

The black-and-white-striped shrimp can grow 13 inches long and weigh a quarter-pound, compared to 8 inches and a bit over an ounce for domestic white, brown and pink shrimp. Scientists fear the tigers will bring disease and competition for native shrimp. Both, however, can be eaten by humans.

"They’re supposed to be very good," Pam Fuller, a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey told CNN. "But they can get very large, sort of like lobsters."

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beerbong writes:

If they are a problem. Over fish them like they do every thing else.

joeblow writes:

Thanks Obama...

rtsspeaks writes:

They don't multiply once fried or boiled. The environmentalists will soon put a ban on catching them as an endangered species.

wrightconnection writes:

Great, now the shrimpers in Ft. Myers can have a banner year. Catch 'em until they are under control. Good luck and let's eat!

itmattershere writes:

You are so correct BEERBONG. Shrimp cocktail for 20!

CarpeVeritas writes:

How did they get here? I really doubt they swam here!

Is this another idiotic yet well-meaning attempt at deliberately introducing an invasive species into our environment?

If I want lobster, I'll eat lobster. If I want shrimp, well, I want shrimp.

But anyway, shrimpers have at it & bank some money while fishing the hell out of 'em while you can....

wentfishn writes:

Mangia!

ChiDem writes:

Soon they will be called the Florida Tiger Shrimp. Like the manatee and cougar.

QueBonita writes:

in response to CarpeVeritas:

How did they get here? I really doubt they swam here!

Is this another idiotic yet well-meaning attempt at deliberately introducing an invasive species into our environment?

If I want lobster, I'll eat lobster. If I want shrimp, well, I want shrimp.

But anyway, shrimpers have at it & bank some money while fishing the hell out of 'em while you can....

The eggs probably made it to Tampa in a ship's bilge.
Pound for pound they have twice the meat of lobster, more tender but not as flavorful.

skipperdz writes:

mmmm foood. I want some of that. Boss Hog shrimp

wonderful (Inactive) writes:

in response to CarpeVeritas:

How did they get here? I really doubt they swam here!

Is this another idiotic yet well-meaning attempt at deliberately introducing an invasive species into our environment?

If I want lobster, I'll eat lobster. If I want shrimp, well, I want shrimp.

But anyway, shrimpers have at it & bank some money while fishing the hell out of 'em while you can....

The white house is now taking credit for them!

According to young carney the vp just brought them down to combat the pythons he was just visiting last week. Spent most of the time talking to a cypress tree that has since died.

Any of these shrimp that are captured must be sent to nkorea by executive decree! NOW!

wentfishn writes:

in response to wonderful:

The white house is now taking credit for them!

According to young carney the vp just brought them down to combat the pythons he was just visiting last week. Spent most of the time talking to a cypress tree that has since died.

Any of these shrimp that are captured must be sent to nkorea by executive decree! NOW!

Eat them first, then send them to N Korea.

jsnaples writes:

Thanks Bush.

dwyerj1 writes:

The bigger they are the more Corexit and BP Deepwater pollution they can swallow. Don't eat them. Wonder if they'll spawn one-eyed young ones?

Coastal writes:

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munchkinsdaddy2 writes:

in response to ChiDem:

Soon they will be called the Florida Tiger Shrimp. Like the manatee and cougar.

Yea, LOL

munchkinsdaddy2 writes:

Im sorry the down side would be...........

676 writes:

Flavor is very good, not as sweet as lobster. Harder to peel than shrimp, meat clings to the shell.

cman writes:

NDN is about two days behind the news, again

Captian_Cataracts writes:

Are they really edible in a sense that they taste good or are the edible in the sense of if you didn't have anything else to eat you could eat these?

sunburnt writes:

in response to ChiDem:

Soon they will be called the Florida Tiger Shrimp. Like the manatee and cougar.

And the Cubans

donsense writes:

One word: SCAMPI

bluffguy writes:

in response to CarpeVeritas:

How did they get here? I really doubt they swam here!

Is this another idiotic yet well-meaning attempt at deliberately introducing an invasive species into our environment?

If I want lobster, I'll eat lobster. If I want shrimp, well, I want shrimp.

But anyway, shrimpers have at it & bank some money while fishing the hell out of 'em while you can....

You doubt they swam here ? Did it ever occur to you that all of the oceans are connected and that millions of species are pallagic and many others travel with the ocean currents that move around the globe ? They find sea horses and other tropicals in New York waters ! Sea life travels where there is food and the temperature is right.

FloridaGoFishing_com writes:

"The black-and-white-striped shrimp can grow 13 inches long and weigh a quarter-pound, compared to 8 inches and a bit over an ounce for domestic white, brown and pink shrimp. Scientists fear the tigers will bring disease and competition for native shrimp. Both, however, can be eaten by humans."

I am a webmaster that was just hurt badly by the Google update this week. One thing I learned is plagiarism is a crime althought that was not my problem, I still haven't found out why my small site was hit.

The above paragaph was copied from the link provided above with no reference whatsoever of the origional source. Isn't this a Newspager? Aren't you suppose to follow the rules and provide origional content? You directly violated all copywrite laws publishing this article as it stands.

Shame on you Naples News! Oh, and yum to the shrimp. Maybe our commerical fisherman can make a decent living this year! And we can eat cheaper shrimp here in Florida!

bonlyjonly writes:

Well , we cant catch snook or jew fish , or red snapper, or grouper except for certain times of the year. theres a regulation on our natural resource from the smallest of curstacians to the largest fish,manatees not native, Dont touch it!!, texas cougars not native, dont touch it! Jewfish are destroying our eco system, dont touch it! I believe a revolution is soon to come people!!! Once the government takes our food source, we have no other choice, voting really doesnt work, all lie to obtain ofice then screw the people, no one has ever campaigned to repeal every BS worthless law ever written, How about giving poor people a fishing pole instead of food stamps, if you can catch it , you can keep it. no more fishing laws, and who is the POS!!! that brought up the idea and passed a law that requires a fishing license to fish off the beach????? that group of individuals should be shot, period!!!

lionfishhunter writes:

in response to bonlyjonly:

Well , we cant catch snook or jew fish , or red snapper, or grouper except for certain times of the year. theres a regulation on our natural resource from the smallest of curstacians to the largest fish,manatees not native, Dont touch it!!, texas cougars not native, dont touch it! Jewfish are destroying our eco system, dont touch it! I believe a revolution is soon to come people!!! Once the government takes our food source, we have no other choice, voting really doesnt work, all lie to obtain ofice then screw the people, no one has ever campaigned to repeal every BS worthless law ever written, How about giving poor people a fishing pole instead of food stamps, if you can catch it , you can keep it. no more fishing laws, and who is the POS!!! that brought up the idea and passed a law that requires a fishing license to fish off the beach????? that group of individuals should be shot, period!!!

Where did you get the idea that Jewfish are destroying the eco-system? The only problem the large Jew's poise is for the fisherman that can't get his catch to the surface fast enough and loses it to a hungry Jew. The only destroyers to the enviroment I observe are humans.

lionfishhunter writes:

I hit the wrong key and spent early. The only destroyers to the enviroment that I observe are humans and invasive exotics. The invasive exotics are intoduced by humans.

OP writes:

in response to bonlyjonly:

Well , we cant catch snook or jew fish , or red snapper, or grouper except for certain times of the year. theres a regulation on our natural resource from the smallest of curstacians to the largest fish,manatees not native, Dont touch it!!, texas cougars not native, dont touch it! Jewfish are destroying our eco system, dont touch it! I believe a revolution is soon to come people!!! Once the government takes our food source, we have no other choice, voting really doesnt work, all lie to obtain ofice then screw the people, no one has ever campaigned to repeal every BS worthless law ever written, How about giving poor people a fishing pole instead of food stamps, if you can catch it , you can keep it. no more fishing laws, and who is the POS!!! that brought up the idea and passed a law that requires a fishing license to fish off the beach????? that group of individuals should be shot, period!!!

Watch out for the coming protections for the undocumented Tiger Shrimp. It will soon be illegal to catch them, but don't call them illegals.

Here4Now writes:

Thanks China. Again.

Here4Now writes:

Big azzed tasty shrimp. And the problem is???

blefebvre writes:

in response to FloridaGoFishing_com:

"The black-and-white-striped shrimp can grow 13 inches long and weigh a quarter-pound, compared to 8 inches and a bit over an ounce for domestic white, brown and pink shrimp. Scientists fear the tigers will bring disease and competition for native shrimp. Both, however, can be eaten by humans."

I am a webmaster that was just hurt badly by the Google update this week. One thing I learned is plagiarism is a crime althought that was not my problem, I still haven't found out why my small site was hit.

The above paragaph was copied from the link provided above with no reference whatsoever of the origional source. Isn't this a Newspager? Aren't you suppose to follow the rules and provide origional content? You directly violated all copywrite laws publishing this article as it stands.

Shame on you Naples News! Oh, and yum to the shrimp. Maybe our commerical fisherman can make a decent living this year! And we can eat cheaper shrimp here in Florida!

It does say that the article is "By Daily Mail Reporter" at the top under the title.

bonlyjonly writes:

in response to bonlyjonly:

Well , we cant catch snook or jew fish , or red snapper, or grouper except for certain times of the year. theres a regulation on our natural resource from the smallest of curstacians to the largest fish,manatees not native, Dont touch it!!, texas cougars not native, dont touch it! Jewfish are destroying our eco system, dont touch it! I believe a revolution is soon to come people!!! Once the government takes our food source, we have no other choice, voting really doesnt work, all lie to obtain ofice then screw the people, no one has ever campaigned to repeal every BS worthless law ever written, How about giving poor people a fishing pole instead of food stamps, if you can catch it , you can keep it. no more fishing laws, and who is the POS!!! that brought up the idea and passed a law that requires a fishing license to fish off the beach????? that group of individuals should be shot, period!!!

shot in the eye with tobasco sauce that is. just so they feel the pain they have brought upon the people that fish. I cannot believe they have thought of a tax for catching fish, who is more s----- and corrupt, the morons making up these laws or the morons voting these morons into office that create these moronic laws?

livinginnaples writes:

Shrimp that eat shrimp....the MUST be delicious!!!

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