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Nov 05, 2013

wild-shrimp-die-off-mass-deaths-shrimping-parasite-atlantic-ocean-coast-Georgia-South-Carolina-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationHarriet McLeod, Reuters

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – Wild shrimp hauls off the southern Atlantic coast have plunged in recent months as a parasite has made it harder for the creatures to breathe, according to state wildlife officials in Georgia and South Carolina.

Experts said they believe black gill disease, caused by a tiny parasite, contributed to a die-off of white shrimp between August and October, typically the prime catch season.

The disease does not kill shrimp directly but hurts their endurance and makes them more vulnerable to predators.

“It’s like the shrimp are smoking three packs of cigarettes a day, and now they’re having to go run a marathon,” said Mel Bell, director of South Carolina’s Office of Fisheries Management.

“Shrimpers are reporting to us that they dump the bag on the deck, and the shrimp are just dead.”

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