Commercial Fishing

Commercial Shrimping: Small Creature, Big Controversy

Photography by Elizabeth Dentato

Hernando County has been rebranded as the Adventure Coast, but it is also known for its commercial fishing, an industry which brings in millions of dollars to the county. According to the Florida Marine Research Institute, shrimp was the top species harvested by commercial fishermen in 2013. Hernando County harvested 1.5 million pounds of shrimp that year. Over the past three years, that figure has doubled. It is a big business, and local families depend on this industry to pay their mortgages and other household costs.