White shrimp (Litopenaeus setiferus) with black gill disease are pictured aboard the boat Billie B just off Otter Island near St. Helena Sound, South Carolina in this September 18, 2006 handout photo ... more 
White shrimp (Litopenaeus setiferus) with black gill disease are pictured aboard the boat Billie B just off Otter Island near St. Helena Sound, South Carolina in this September 18, 2006 handout photo obtained by Reuters November 1, 2013. The size of wild shrimp hauls off the southern Atlantic coast have plunged in recent months as a parasite has made it harder for the creatures to breathe, according to state wildlife officials in Georgia and South Carolina. Experts said they believe black gill disease, caused by a tiny parasite, contributed to a die-off of white shrimp between August and October, typically the prime catch season. The disease does not kill shrimp directly but hurts their endurance and makes them more vulnerable to predators. REUTERS/Barry Gooch/SCDNR/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS less 
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