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Fishermen help track invasive Asian tiger shrimp

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Different life stages of Asian tiger shrimp (Source: Georgia DNR) Different life stages of Asian tiger shrimp (Source: Georgia DNR)
BRUNSWICK, GA (WTOC) -

The Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources released new data about Asian tiger shrimp that continue to be caught off of the Georgia coast and have been seen around the Southeast from North Carolina to Texas.

Asian tiger shrimp were first spotted in Georgia waters in the late 1980s after they escaped from a South Carolina shrimp farm, and reports about them stopped, according to the DNR. But in 2008, commercial shrimpers started regular capturing them again.

In June 2013, the DNR launched an online reporting system so the public could file reports to track the Asian tiger shrimp population. In 2013, there were 53 reports filed online and 195 Asian tiger shrimp specimens processed.

Gary Iler, Townsend, David Foster, Cumming, and Dennis Murphy, of Midway, who filed reports and provided specimens were randomly selected to receive gift cards from the Bass Pro Shops from the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation. The foundation hopes more people will submit reports. 

To report an Asian tiger shrimp, for information on donating tiger shrimp, or for assistance with species identification go to CoastalGaDNR.org/TigerShrimp or send questions and/or a photograph to Todd.Mathes@GaDNR.org.

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