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Aug 9, 2013 7:02 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Higher Prices could Mark the Start of Shrimp Season

Shrimpers in Louisiana are gearing up for Shrimp season that's set to start Monday.

But shrimpers say major prices changes are in store. Industry experts are estimating as much as one dollar per pound higher than last season.

Problems with shrimp overseas have reduced the amount of shrimp being imported. It's created a lower supply of shrimp in the U.S., and made what's caught even more valuable.

"I always said that our shrimp would be gold, worth gold, if those ponds, something happened to those ponds and they quit shipping that shrimp here...that our shrimp was going to be what the people wanted," owner of Granger Seafood Albert Granger said, who's been a shrimper for over 25 years.

Shrimpers are hoping that higher prices this year will make business better than ever. They also want customers to be aware of the overall higher prices this season.

"Shrimp prices have never really risen as in the other seafood has like crawfish for example. So I think it's time we have a rise," Cheryl Granger, who owns Granger Seafood with her husband Albert, said.

"The prices are more than likely going to be higher, we just don't know how high yet, it's going up about a week. So we're just waiting to see what's going to happen," Albert Granger said.

 

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