Tiger Prawn Intrudes in Florida Waters

Report sightings of this nonnative shrimp to the Fish Kill Hotline.

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 toll-free statewide Fish Kill Hotline: 800-636-0511.

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



FWC Facts:
Red tides have been documented along Florida's Gulf coast since the 1840s and likely occurred earlier. Fish kills around Tampa Bay were mentioned in the logs of Spanish explorers.

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