According to the Southeastern Fisheries Association, Inc., the first statistics about shrimp fishing in the United States were gathered during the 1880s, which yielded a shrimp count of about 10 million pounds. And several years later, by 1905, the abundance of local shrimp had grown to 24 million pounds.
Off the coast of Florida in 1902 marks the beginning of the shrimp fishing industry within the United States. It was in this year that Sallecito Salvador, a Sicilian immigrant, began fishing along the Fernandina beaches. By 1906, Salvador and a few of his fellow fishermen had established a base of the shrimp fishing industry in Florida.
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