The shrimping industry got some not so good news Wednesday after federal fisheries officials predicted a below-average brown shrimp season off the waters of Louisiana and Texas for the next year.
According to scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there were plenty of factors that favored shrimp production this year, but recruitment of shrimp larvae to the bays was late and could impact their abundance. Those who work in the industry say these predictions are not always right and that's why they're taking the news with a grain of salt.
Ruth Pitre, with Ocean Harvest Wholesale which operates out of Delcambre, says she doesn't know how anyone can predict this because this year was predicted to be bad and it turned out to be just the opposite. In face Pitre says they saw so many shrimp before the season even started that they didn't know what to do with them because they didn't expect that many.
Louisiana is predicted to produce about 30 million pounds of brown shrimp between now and June of 2014.