Shrimp Season Is Closed!

Does this mean there will be no more shrimp in your shrimp cocktail?  No, not at all.  Most people think the shrimp we eat here in Cabo come from Sinoloa across the Sea of Cortez, but most does not.

The owner of Maro’s Shrimp House in downtown Cabo is our go-to guy for all things shrimp, and he told us most boats are parked in Sinoloa, and it’s also off limits for shrimping, but that doesn’t mean they stop shrimping. Shrimp pic.jpgLike stop signs in Mexico, shrimping bans are only a suggestion. When the season is closed in Mexican waters, the boats simply move out of Mexican waters. If they even bother doing that. Off season the boats travel farther out to other areas of the Pacific where there hasn’t been much shrimping going on while the pickings were good near shore.  A boat could be gone for three or four months, a long time to be confined in such small quarters with your hard working and probably pretty stinky crew buddies.  No wonder the shrimp cost so much: it’s a tough job.

The ban started on March 7 and is in effect in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of the peninsula stretching from the U.S. border south to Los Cabos.  The ban includes all species of shrimp in the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of California, and lagoon estuary systems, marshes and bays of the states of Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima. 

The federal government regulates the shrimp season in order to allow the shrimp to get their mojo working, pop out some babies, and grow to a decent size.  The ban is necessary because if an area is overfished, all you catch are the babies or small ones, and they don’t have a very good market value.  It’s no different than hunting season for furry and feathering creatures, you need to cut their hunting season a break too.  Sagarpa, the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, will announce when in their infinite wisdom, it would be prudent to start slaughtering the shrimp again. Right now they don’t have a plan. Or maybe their plan is to jump into the water and count them. Probably not.