Dave Burrage, a marine resources professor at the extension service, says there wasn't much time to harvest the shrimp. He also says many shrimpers temporarily worked in BP's Vessels of Opportunity program to skim oil.
Burrage says shrimpers generally land about 1.5 million pounds of shrimp in June. This past June, they landed only 186,000 pounds.
Burrage says the good news for shrimpers is the price is up by about a $1 per pound. Officials say the shrimp went through rigorous testing.