This small crustacean can be found from New England to the Yucatan and is named for its outer shell, which is known to be as hard as a rock. It can vary in size from 1 to up to 6 inches depending on the temperature and salinity of the water. It is larger and found in deeper water than pink, white and brown shrimp, also found in southeastern Atlantic waters. Like its cousins the lobster and crab, it is a 10 legged decapod. Also in common with the lobster is its flavour which makes it a popular seafood species. The rock shrimp is well managed by the shrimp fisheries management plan, though high demand for shrimp has resulted in production of unregulated shrimp farms in various parts of the world.
For more about this species, visit NOAA Fisheries >>
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