CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - University of Georgia Marine research agencies presented their latest findings Wednesday on how black gill is affecting the shrimp in our area.
Black gill is caused by a microscopic parasite. Many shrimpers believe black gill may be largely responsible for reduced shrimp harvests in recent years.
Marc Frischer is leading a research project into the causes and effects of black gill on the Georgia and South Carolina shrimp population.
"Making the direct link between the black gill and the decline in the fishery is actually a complicated question. I can tell you from the research side, we are seeing increasingly convincing evidence that black gill is harming the shrimp," said Frischer.
Professor Frischer said they have found shrimp with black gill are safe to eat. There is no harm to humans.