Created By: UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station
Futch Bait Shrimp Stand
Look out over the canal. Do you see any boats with large roller frame trawls? These are shrimp boats, and they can travel long distances offshore. Several species of shrimp are harvested, but the pink shrimp, locally known as hopper, is the most abundant species found in the Big Bend.
The shrimp fishery is an important industry in the Horseshoe Beach area. The fishery began in the 1960s and boomed during the 70s and 80s. More recently, the bait shrimp fishery has become increasingly important as the demand for shrimp by sportfishing enthusiasts grows. You can find wild-caught shrimp for sale at the roadside stand next to this kiosk and on menus at local restaurants so make sure you find a way to enjoy these delicacies during your visit! Read the rest of the kiosk panel for more information about the fishery.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Big Bend Shellfish Trail – Horseshoe Beach (Walking/Driving)