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Shrimp live in both salt and fresh water1 They most often swim in large groups together near the surface close to the shore2 However shrimp can swim to depths of more than 3 miles3 The most common commercial shrimp found in the United States is the white shrimp4 The most common shrimp found in Georgia are brown shrimp and white shrimp5 White shrimp are mainly caught in the fall and winter months6 White shrimp make up about 80 of Georgias total commercial harvest7 The brown shrimp are harvested during the Spring and Summer months8 Two other popular species are the pink-grooved shrimp and the prawn of the Pacific Coast9 Shrimp can grow as long as 9 inches but most are around 6 inches or smaller10 They feed on algae that they strain from the water through rows of bristles on their mouth parts11 Shrimp are caught using special nets that keep in the adult shrimp while allowing the young shrimp to escape One problem with the shrimp nets was turtles being caught and drowning In 1980 commercial shrimpers were given the opportunity to voluntarily put Turtle-Excluder Devices TEDs on their nets12 However on December 1 1994 it became mandatory for all commercial shrimping vessels to use nets designed with TEDs on them13 Turtles can now escape if caught in the nets but unfortunately the shrimp can too Recently the United States court banned the import of all shrimp from countries who do not use TEDs on their shrimp nets14 In the mid- 1990s commercial shrimpers were also required to put Bycatch Reduction Devices BRDs in their nets It was believed shrimpers were responsible for the death of million of young finfish such as red drum red snapper weak fish Spanish mackrel and king mackrel15 After several years of using the BRDs there has been a signifigant decrease in the amount of bycatch caught16 Shrimpers now report catching 40-50 less bycatch than before the
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