Monster shrimp have researchers scrambling

The Asian tiger shrimp can grow to more than 10 inches long, and weighs more than a half-pound.

They sound like a shrimp-lover’s dream. Nearly-foot-long creatures that are beautifully marked and absolutely delectable.

However, Asian tiger shrimp are proving a nightmare for researchers. The invasive specie is being found with increasing frequency in the Gulf of Mexico. Since they have never reached the Gulf previously, scientists and the shrimping industry are worried and are calling on the public for help.

“We’re definitely in unchartered waters,” said Mike Pursley, aquatic invasive species coordinator and field project manager at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR). “We don’t know what these creatures’ impact will have on the environment, especially our…

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