Lowest amount of shrimps caught in 10 years could lead to price increase

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A decline of 40 percent in the amount of shrimps caught in coastal shrimp fishing, may make it difficult to obtain fresh shrimps at an affordable price in Northern Norway this summer.

– The decrease is at almost 40 percent, measured from the beginning of the year and until the beginning of June. The amount of shrimps caught by the fishermen has decreased from 300 tons last year to just under 200 tons this year. It is many years since such a small amount of shrimps have been caught by the fishermen, and that is clearly worrying, marketing manager for shellfish in Norwegian Raw Fish Organisation, Tor Edgar Ripman  says to NRK news.

This means that several fishermen and outlets have to raise prices to recoup their lost revenue.
The reason for this decline is according Ripman both that some shrimp fields were closed during the winter and that the jellyfish made it harder to trawl. In addition, fewer fishermen went shrimp fishing in April and May, and this meant that the  ratio of shrimps caught decreased.
However, in Southern Norway the amount of fish caught in the coastal shrimp fishing  increased from 7,000 tons in 2015 to over 10,000 tons in 2016.

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

 

 

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