HOUMA, La. (AP) — This year's spring shrimp season has begun and fishermen say their first hauls are full of large white shrimp and average brown shrimp. But fishermen say the abundance of imported shrimp continues to hurt them.

The Courier reports that fishermen say imported shrimp is hurting the price they fetch at docks.

Shrimp season opened on Monday.

Commercial fisherman Phillip Silver, who lives near Dulac, says large shrimp are selling for $1.50 a pound at the dock near him. In the 1990s, by comparison, he says large shrimp sold between $4 and $4.50 a pound.

There are typically about three crops a season depending on how long the season lasts. The opening and length of a season depends on research and samples by LDWF biologists.

(Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com)


Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.