Apr 8, 201408:07 AMLatest Trends

Georgia Shrimp Under Siege

Georgia Shrimp Under Siege

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

These Georgia shrimp show evidence of black gill.

Black gill is a fairly common disorder in the shrimp that live in the shoreline waters from Savannah to St. Marys. It is not a disease, but rather is caused by an organism entering the shrimp’s body. It tarnishes the look of the food, though it isn’t harmful to the humans who eat it.

Scientists say shrimping is about a $20 million-a-year industry on Georgia’s coast, and they are hoping to find ways of reducing the threat of black gill.  Pictured: Inspecting and studying shrimp and other marine life on the research vessel Savannah.

 Inspecting and studying shrimp and other marine life on the research vessel Savannah.

Learn more about black gill in this month’s Georgia Trend feature Savannah: Stretching Out. Photo credit: Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. 

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