With the recent natural disasters, an unusual cold winter, and rising fuel prices, South Carolina is facing a shortage in shrimp. The shortage is causing the cost of shrimp to rise. Shrimp is currently selling for about $15 a pound in some places on the coast. The Charleston Post and Courier reports it won’t be until next month until shrimp is available due to the extended winter season.
It’s not just South Carolina that’s affected, there’s a national shortage in shrimp due to the Japanese tsunami and the flooding in Thailand–where much of the U.S. shrimp imports come from.
Also, gas prices have played a part on the rising shrimp prices. Although gas has gone down just a little bit the past week, most of the nation is still close to $4 a gallon–making it costlier to transport shrimp over to the U.S.