Be on the lookout for the Asian tiger shrimp, an invader from the
Authorities say the shrimp, which can reach up to a foot in length, could outcompete native shrimp or serve as an avenue for diseases transmission.
“The Asian tiger shrimp represents yet another potential marine invader capable of altering fragile marine ecosystems,” said James Morris, marine ecologist with the
The shrimp, native to the Pacific Ocean, may have arrived either from aquaculture operations, via ocean currents or in ballast water from ships. They grow and spawn swiftly, putting them in a position to crowd out native shrimp.
“We can confirm there was nearly a tenfold jump in reports of Asian tiger shrimp in 2011,” said Pam Fuller, the
Sightings should be reported at http://nas.er.usgs.gov/SightingReport.aspx.