A week ago I posted the new 2011 blue crab fishery landings data for the East Coast. Now It's the Gulf Coast's turn. Landings were up a bit in Louisiana, Alabama, and the West Coast of Florida while remaining stable at low levels in Mississippi and dropping a bit in Texas. All in all, a mixed bag.
The blue crab fishery is hurting in Mississippi, where massive releases of fresh water in 2011 caused dramatic changes in salinity in Mississippi Sound. In response, the Acting Secretary of Commerce issued a fishery disaster declaration for the blue crab and oyster fisheries in September 2012. This declaration cleared the way for federal disaster relief funding. Read more about the declaration and status of the Mississippi fishery here.