December 8, 2008

Tiger shrimp turn up off Carolinas

A smattering of Asian tiger shrimp weighing up to a half-pound are being caught off the coast of South Carolina, local trawlers say.

The trawlers said five of the jumbo shrimp have been caught in recent weeks, The Myrtle Beach Sun News reported Monday.

The tiger shrimp, which are native to Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Australia, can grow as large as lobster, the newspaper said.

David Knott, a marine biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, said he doesn't know how the shrimp reached the Carolina coast.

As far as I know, no one in this country is cultivating (them), he told the newspaper. There have been a number of (tiger) shrimp farms in the Caribbean. With all the storms down there, one possibility is ponds have been breached and these things have gotten out.