Did you know that shrimp you grow to measure more than a pound in Texas?
According to Texas Invasive Species Institute, the aggressive crustacean known as the black tiger prawn ( Penaeus monodon ) or tigers shrimp can grow to a length of one foot and weigh one pound.
Black colors running across the lateral aspect of the tail help to identify it in addition to its unusually large size. It can also have peach stripes on its back and a black figure colour, giving it tiger-like characteristics.
They have been confirmed in Aransas Bay and Sabine Lake, and they are current in the Gulf of Mexico.
” Inadvertently released from a research center close to South Carolina in 1988, the tiger prawns allowed the shrimp to spread as far north as Florida by 1990. Authorities were shocked when catches stopped following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita because the crab was a well-liked shrimp raised in fields in the Caribbean. Yet, according to officials from the Texas Invasive Species Institute, tiger prawns were once more captured in 2006 and have continued to be so.
They claimed that because of the size difference, the aggressive tiger prawn’s launch puts local shrimp that it preys on in danger. Local shrimp species are also at risk of contracting the tiger prawn’s diseases, which will increase the mortality rate of native populations. The 16 conditions that the tiger prawns is known to be susceptible to can spread to other shrimp types ( humans are not at risk ). The aggressive tiger prawn’s disease and predation can have a devastating impact on the harvesting of local shrimp species, costing shrimp fishermen money.
” Local Gulf Coast officials are urging sailors to report any unusual prawns strikes and not to throw back any caught and identified tiger prawns.” Tiger shrimp are strongly advised to get, sell, or consume the aggressive tiger prawn in order to prevent their establishment. The huge size and sweet flavor of the lion crab, which has a high economic value, allow it to be farmed by numerous shrimp farmers in the Caribbean. However, Texas forbids planting of the aggressive tiger prawn.
Staff of TF&G