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U.S. Shrimp Imports Jump to Record as Asian Supply Swells

Half of the shipments are from India and Indonesia, where the majority of shrimp are grown and harvested in farms

The U.S. is importing more shrimp than ever before, with shipments in the first half of 2017 jumping to 286,090 metric tons, the most in 45 years of data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Half of that comes from India and Indonesia, where the majority of shrimp are grown and harvested in farms, making them cheaper than domestic wild-caught varieties. Increasing competition from imports combined with a series of setbacks such as hurricanes and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill mean that fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico are barely landing 60 percent of what they caught a decade ago, National Marine Fisheries Service data show.

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