Shrimp Fleet Prepares
For Summer Season in Texas
While most people are celebrating the Fourth of July holiday this weekend, the hard working men and women that make up our local shrimp fleet are going to be busy gassing up, buying groceries and making final preparations for their annual migration to their summer fishing grounds off the coast of Freeport and Port Aransas, Texas, where the season for Texas brown shrimp opens in mid July.
For over 35 years, George and Chris Gala at Trico on San Carlos Island have overseen the catching, hauling and distribution of fresh caught Gulf pink shrimp, otherwise known as ‘Pink Gold’. Sitting in her office on Monday afternoon, we talked with her and several local shrimpers about the preparations being made and the latest hurdle facing this beleaguered industry – a 75% drop in the price of shrimp since last summer.