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Early shrimp season off and running


By David Elliott - email | bio

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Thunder and heavy rain greeted Mississippi shrimpers at 6 a.m. Thursday morning as the 2010 shrimp season got off to an early start. The Department of Marine Resources moved up the start of the season as oil creeps closer to Mississippi waters.

Some shrimp boats dotted the southern horizon while others remained in harbor. Shrimp processing plants are hoping Mississippi shrimpers bring in a big catch.

"Right now, we're working with shrimp from Louisiana and Texas. Our supply is down about 20 percent and we hope Mississippi will plug the gap," said Arnie Gollott III from C.F. Gollott Seafood in D'Iberville.

The shrimpers are expected to spend several days dragging their nets before returning to the coast with their catch.

"I expect most of the boats will start unloading Saturday or Sunday," Gollott said.

The oil spill has had a profound affect on the law of supply and demand in the seafood rich Gulf region. Everyone in the seafood industry hopes the shrimpers can take advantage of an early and potentially abbreviated season.

DMR warns that the waters may close on short notice if oil is detected in the open area.

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