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What are the main shrimp species harvested for food in Florida?

The majority of shrimp harvested for food in Florida belong to the shrimp family Penaeidae. The pink shrimp (Farfantepenaeus duorarum) is the most abundant shrimp species harvested in the state. This species generally lives in clear waters, especially in the area from west-central to southeast Florida. The two other species are the brown shrimp (Farfantepenaeus aztecus) and the white shrimp (Litopenaeus setiferus). The brown shrimp is closely related to the pink shrimp, but the brown shrimp is found in murkier and often deeper water. The brown shrimp is caught mostly in northeast and northwest Florida. The white shrimp is also caught principally in northeast and northwest Florida, but it is generally found in waters that are muddier, shallower, and less salty than waters where pink shrimp and brown shrimp live.

Are the shrimp I use for bait the same as the shrimp I buy to eat?

Yes, usually both are pink shrimp. Bait shrimp are harvested from bays and estuaries when they are juveniles. Food shrimp are larger adults that are harvested after the shrimp move out of the bays and into nearshore and offshore waters.

Why is a lot of shrimping done at night?

At least two of the principal shrimp species harvested in Florida (the pink shrimp, Farfantepenaeus duorarum, and the brown shrimp, F. aztecus) are nocturnal. They burrow in the sediment during the day and come out to feed at night.

What do "birds" have to do with shrimp?

The nets used to commercially harvest shrimp also catch many other organisms, such as finfish, crustaceans, and other invertebrates. When captured in shrimp nets, these other species are referred to as "bycatch." In order to reduce the amount of bycatch, Bycatch Reduction Devices, or BRDs (pronounced "birds"), must be installed in shrimp nets. These BRDs are designed to allow bycatch species to escape from the nets, while retaining the shrimp.

How do shrimp swim?

Unlike fish, shrimp do not have fins that enable them to swim, but they can certainly move around in the water. A shrimp "swims" by quickly pulling its abdomen in toward its carapace (body). This motion shoots them through the water. However, because of body configuration, it also means that shrimp swim backward.

How large does Florida's Winter Pinkish Red & Brown Shrimp?

Anywhere's from an inch to as large as this Shrimp-Zilla a member of ShrimpNFishFlorida.com

This Winter Shrinmp-Zilla measured in at 8 1/4 inches

This Winter Shrimp was caught using our Gator-Tough™ Shrimp Lights

These are the type of results you can expect using our Gator-Tough™ Shrimp Lights

These are the type of results you can expect with our clubs insider reports.

This Winter Shrinmp-Zilla  was caught by Club Member Sam "NTGatror"

of ShrimpNFishFlorida.com

What does Florida's Winter Pinkish Red & Brown Shrimp Look like up close?

The below Winter Pinkish Red & Brown Shrimp were caught by a member of ShrimpNFishFlorida.com

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 Florida Winter Shrimping is a popular sport among Florida anglers...

Members of ShrimpNFishFlorida.com catch Florida’s, "Pinkish Red & Brown" Shrimp at night using, dip nets, Frame nets, Cast nets, Traps, along with our Gator-Tough™ Green LED shrimp lights... From a boat, Dock, Seawall or Pier...

The Florida Winter Shrimp season run, extends from New Smyrna Beach to Sebastian Inlet. Volusia & Brevard County's are the most popular hot spots in the State, which runs from November through June...

he Florida "Gator Shrimp" The elusive Florida Jumbo "Gator Shrimp" is only found in the Winter Months and lurk deep down in the Florida water column... And is know for it's alligator like head and shark teeth!

These Favored hot spots are posted on ShrimpNFishFlorida.com Clubs FREE Forum… To learn how you can Master catching these tasty morsels, visit  ShrimpNFishFlorida.com FREE Forum today!

The names of Florida Shrimp are:

White Shrimp, Brown Shrimp, Pink Shrimp, Royal Red Shrimp, Rock Shrimp, North Florida Hoppers,

Eggs, Nauplius, Protozoea, Mysis, Postlarva, Juvenile, Sub adults, Adults

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