A description of the Texas shrimp fleet, 1979-1983
Bryan, C.E. III
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The number of commercial shrimp boats increased 12% and the number of boats holding multiple shrimp boat licenses increased 41% between 1979-1983. These increases were probably due to increased demand for shrimp and modifications in shrimping regulations. Shrimp boats increased from 6889 in 1979 to 7733 in 1983. Individual bay and Gulf licenses accounted for the majority of licenses sold. Out-of-state boats increased from 279 in 1979 to 709 in 1983 with the greatest increase in vessels >=16.8 m. Part-time commercial boats (>=7.6 m) were most numerous in the Beaumont-Nederland, Houston-Pasadena-Baytown and Seabrook-Kemah-San Leon-Texas City areas. Commercial bay shrimp boats (>7.6 m to 16.8) were most numerous in the Galveston, Palacios-Port Lavaca-Port O'Connor and Corpus Christi areas. Commercial Gulf shrimp boats (>16.8 m) were most numerous in Galveston, Corpus Christi and Brownsville.