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Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:25 PM

Updated: Dec 13, 2012 12:42 AM

CAMERON COUNTY - Valley shrimpers are trying to determine if an invasive species is responsible for lower shrimp catches this season.

Shrimper Charles Burnell said this was supposed to be an above-average season. He said it has been a major disappointment.

"Expenses have gone up and prices have gone down. It's pretty rough right now," Burnell said.

Experts suspect the invasive tiger shrimp may be at the root of the problem.

"They had a season prediction which was much higher than what they're producing. So they are questioning, 'could this be the tiger that impacted it,'" said Tony Reisinger, with the Texas Sea Grant.

Most tiger shrimp have been found in Louisiana waters. They are now creeping into Texas waters, experts said.

"They could possibly eat our native species because they are much larger. They're also known carriers of diseases and viruses," Reisinger said.

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