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1949

“Pink Gold” discovered in the Dry Tortugas; shrimpers from Florida’s northern East Coast relocate to southern waters.

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1950

Key West ports fill up; shrimpers begin using San Carlos Island and Estero Island docks to offload their catches.

1951

Seven shrimp packing houses serve the shrimping fleet.

Fort Myers Beach holds its first "Blessing of the Fleet" Festivities.

1952

Local shrimpers start fishing newly discovered beds in Campeche, Mexico.

1954

Pink shrimp discovered offshore Sanibel Island.

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Dealers pay 38 cents per pound for 20-25 count shrimp.

Mid 1950's

Shrimp trawlers begin pulling four nets on double rigs.

1960

Hurricane Donna hits Fort Myers Beach; packing houses on Estero Island destroyed and never rebuilt.

Mid 1960's

Ship makers start building steel & fiberglass boats, which eventually all but replace wood boats.

1970's

Freezer boats replace ice boats.

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1970's

Electronics began appearing on shrimp boats.

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1970's

The U.S. begins importing pond-raised shrimp from South America and Asia.

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1976

Mexico fishing grounds closed off to non-Mexican fishermen.

1979

Matanzas Pass Sky Bridge replaces old swing bridge.

1980

Americans eat 1.4 pounds of shrimp per person on average.

1989

Federal waters turtle excluder device (TED) regulation goes into effect for shrimpers.

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1998

Average price of shrimp $2.16.

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Federal waters turtle excluder device (TED) regulation goes into effect for shrimpers.

2003

Average price of shrimp $1.96

2007

“Pink Gold” discovered in the Dry Tortugas; shrimpers from Florida’s northern East Coast relocate to southern waters.

Americans eat 4.1 pounds of shrimp per person on average.

2009

Half of Americans' shrimps supply comes from foreign farms.

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2013

Beach Seafood packing facility closes, leaving the waterfront with no packing houses.

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2014

Average price of shrimp $1.06

Two dock operations remain on the working waterfront, servicing about 40 boats in season.

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