Invasive shrimp

Treasure Coast Essay
7:20 am
Mon June 18, 2012

The Asian Giant Shrimp – a tasty invader

Here’s a new unwelcome resident of the Treasure Coast.  The Asian Tiger Prawn, otherwise known as the Asian Giant Shrimp – which sounds like a contradiction in terms.  It joins a long list of invaders that includes the python, the wild hog and the lionfish.  Two giant shrimp have been found in the Indian River Lagoon.  One in Vero Beach in April, and one in Hobe Sound in September.  Only two?  Scientists with the University of Florida Sea Grant program at the Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce fear there could be many more.  The giant shrimp grow and multiply quickly.

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