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Shrimpers happy to be back on the water

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) -

By Al Showers – bio | email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Day two of the 2010 Shrimp Season gave fishermen a good indication of what this oil plagued season may bring.

They all know the season, which started ten days early, could close at a moment's notice. So far, the news isn't very encouraging, but many fishermen are just happy to be back on the water and back to work.

After more than 24 hours of dragging his nets for shrimp, Brandon Seal sounded discouraged.

"It was alright. We had about 4,500 pounds, a little less than usual for an opening," Seal said.

And Seal said the size of his catch wasn't great either.

"They're a little small, but they're good. Good eating shrimp."

Other shrimpers hauled in similar catches.

"They're pretty small and the price is not very much. We were expecting a little bigger," said Binh Nguyen.

He and other shrimpers said they believe they are catching smaller shrimp because the season was opened early this year.

"The oil really messed us up and we don't know how long the season's going to be."

But the earlier than usual opening has been good for competition.

"I think there were only, like, eight boats out there because everyone else contracted out to BP," said Seal.

Fewer fishermen on the water has created a hardship for seafood dealers.

"Right now, I'm having to get shrimp from Louisiana waters, the waters that are still open. I am getting some shrimp. Yesterday I got a load in and, unfortunately, I'm going to have to get another load in from Louisiana, because I can't get what I need here," said Darlene Kimball, Owner of Kimball's Seafood.

Brandon Seal is just happy to be back to work and on the water

"I'll be making a little bit of money now."

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