Kiddi Shrimp

(Parapenaeopsis stylifera)

Indian shrimp, Kiddi shrimp, Kiddy shrimp

1. What is it?

Kiddi shrimp (Parapenaeopsis stylifera) occurs mainly in shallow coastal regions, builds shoals and undertakes migrations. Age at first maturity and longevity suggest a low vulnerability to fishing pressure. There is limited information available on stock status for some areas. In areas, where data are available stock are considered to be either fully fished or overfished.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Kiddi shrimp are caught using demersal otter trawls which consist of nets that are dragged along the sea bed at different depths. This type of trawling is known to damage the seabed; although the extent and impact of damage remains unknown. Trawling is not a very selective fishing method. Levels of bycatch and impact on vulnerable species is likely to be high; however the exact extent of the impact for the Indian Ocean is unknown.

3. Where is it from?

Kiddi shrimp are caught mainly in India but also by other countries in FAO 51 and FAO 57 and imported into South Africa. Most shrimp fisheries are regulated to some extent; however the level of management is largely unknown. Compliance with bycatch mitigation measures is considered to be poor.