Tiger Prawn Intrudes in Florida Waters

Report sightings of this nonnative shrimp to the FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline at 888-IVE-GOT1 (888- 483-4681).

Tiger Prawn
A shrimper collected this tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon) in the Indian River Lagoon. This nonnative shrimp has been accidentally introduced to Florida waters by aquaculture facilities. Little is known about the potential impact of tiger prawns on the state's environment, so the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking that such finds be reported to the FWC's toll-free Exotic Species Hotline at 888-IVE-GOT1 (888- 483-4681).

Fact Sheet:  http://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/factsheet.aspx?SpeciesID=1209



FWC Facts:
White and brown shrimp depend on estuaries as nursery habitats, leaving when they reach 4-5 inches in length. This “shrimp run” occurs in late summer or early fall.

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