Length - Maximum of approx. 8 – 9 inches
Weight - Maximum of approx. 1 – 2 oz.
Pink shrimp are found in along the Atlantic Coast from Maryland to Florida, and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. These tasty shrimp are primarily harvested off of the West coast of Florida.
These shrimp prefer a grassy habitat, and tend to move offshore as they grow larger. Similar to the white and brown shrimp, the pink shrimp utilize areas of lower salinity during earlier life stages.
While shrimp larvae feed on plankton, juveniles and adult shrimp prey upon copepods, mollusks, and a variety of detritus.
Pink shrimp grow fast and only live for up to 2 years. These shrimp spawn during the late spring and summer. The newly hatched shrimp grow relatively slowly and will burrow into the sediment to stay warm though the first winter. The individuals able to survive the cooler months begin to grow rapidly in the warm waters brought on by springtime. Mature female pink shrimp are able to produce over one million eggs.
Importance to Fisheries and Aquaculture:
Pink shrimp are the most important of the shrimp species harvested in the Gulf of Mexico, and account for over 400 million dollars annually. The benefits of the valuable harvest of pink shrimp are concentrated in Florida, where over 80% of the US pink shrimp harvest originates annually.
Pink shrimp are able to bounce back rapidly from a year of low productivity as long as environmental conditions are consistently favorable.