Discarding practices in the Gulf of Mexico shrimp fishery
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Studies were conducted to determine the causes and extent of shrimp discarding on the Tortugas pink shrimp and Texas brown shrimp grounds. Information was obtained from direct observations on commercial fishing vessels and from interviews with shrimp fishhermen. Discarding declined markedly on the Tortugas grounds from 1963-1966, apparently due to increases in the value of small shrimp. Other factors, including the reluctance of processors to purchase small shrimp and a minimum size restriction, appear to influence discarding practices on offshore Texas grounds.