Yet another scientific study that highlights the migratory cycles and movement characteristics of our favorite bug. It also comes with an excellent map highlighting the primary shrimping grounds in South Florida as well as their nursery areas.
Surprisingly, it seems that shrimp nursery grounds encompass nearly all of the West Coast of Florida.
This study, published in 1983 examines the pink shrimp in South Florida - an area ranging from just South of Big Bend, Florida around the lip of Miami. While it focuses heavily on the migratory characteristics of shrimp, this information is central to understanding where they are located.
For shrimpers in the South Florida area, this information will help you locate optimum shrimping locations and timing for when to go out.
For those who are familiar with our site, the following conclusions of the study will come as no surprise. For those who are reading about shrimp for the first time, it is definitely interesting information:
"Pink shrimp emigrate from shallow, coastal nursery grounds to deeper offshore waters in the late juvenile or early adult state..."
"In late fall and winter, spawning activity shifts from shallow to deep water.. this shift may be due to the movement of adult shrimp to deeper waters when temperatures of shallow waters decrease.... Larvae are more abundant during spring, summer and fall than during winter, indicating some seasonality of reproduction."
"The peak of spawning activity generally coincides with maximum bottom-water temperatures.... Emigration occurs year-round with a principal peak during fall and a lesser one during spring."
"The migration patterns and geographical distribution of shrimp may be controlled to a large extend by currents."
Download the full study here: