Kiddy Shrimp

(Parapenaeopsis stylifera)

Indian shrimp

1. What is it?

Indian shrimp (Parapenaeopsis stylifera ) occurs mainly in shallow coastal regions, builds shoals and undertakes migrations. Most shrimp stocks throughout the region are fully fished or overfished as fishing pressure is too high. There are also uncertainties surrounding the accuracy of data available as well as the level of IUU (Illegal, Unregulated or Unreported) taking place.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Indian 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 therefore bycatch is thought to be high. Bycatch data specific to the Indian Ocean is unknown The fishery is likely to have a negative impact on listed or vulnerable species .

3. Where is it from?

Indian shrimp are caught in a href = http://www.fao.org/fishery/area/Area51/en FAO 51 and a href = http://www.fao.org/fishery/area/Area57/en> 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.