Created By: UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station
6211 Riverside Dr, Yankeetown, FL 34498
The third kiosk at this location describes the shrimp fishery. Look out over the river to see 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 Yankeetown area, beginning in the 1960s and booming during the 70s and 80s. More recently, the fishery has been revitalized due to the high-value market of live shrimp for Asian consumption. Additionally, the bait shrimp fishery has become increasingly important as the demand for shrimp by sportfishing enthusiasts grows. You can find wild-harvested shrimp for sale 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 this fishery.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Big Bend Shellfish Trail - Yankeetown (Walking)