Shrimp life cycle

Three species dominate the Gulf of Mexico’s commercial shrimp harvest: brown, white and pink shrimp. The shrimp’s life cycle begins and ends in the ocean with the larval stages occurring near shore. Marshes provide protection and food for survival and growth Postlarva
Sound Marsh


Migrate from bays back to ocean; fully mature in two to four months Sub-adult

Mysis Protozoea Considered plankton
© 2010 MCT Source: Texas A&M University Graphic: Melina Yingling

Wind and current carry larva shoreward
Open water

Adult Continue to live in ocean; lifespan up to two years


Eggs Hatch within 24 hours

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