The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has received reports and actual specimens of GIANT TIGER PRAWNS or Penaeus monodon, a non-native species of shrimp in Vermilion and Barataria Bays.
This species of shrimp is native to the Western Pacific. If a population were established in our waterways, they may pose a threat to our native shrimp species. Giant Tiger Prawns are characterized by their distinct dark and white bands. If you come across these shrimp in local waterways, you are encouraged to save the specimen (ice or refrigerate), record the location and contact an LDWF biologist at: (225) 765-2949.
Lousiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries