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Mississippi waters reopen to shrimpers, fishermen

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Beginning at midnight, Mississippi's waters will once again be open to fishermen, but with some important restrictions.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality announced Monday evening that Mississippi's territorial marine waters will open Tuesday to licensed live bait shrimping and recreational catch-and-release hook and line fishing.

The area includes all Mississippi waters previously closed. But all fishing remains prohibited in federal waters adjacent to Mississippi.

There are some important restrictions.

  • The reopened area is not open to any commercial harvesting activities. 
  • Live bait shrimp is not allowed for human consumption. 
  • Recreational catch-and-release hook and line fishing prohibits the harvesting, possession and/or transport of fish in the area described above. 
  • Fish must be immediately returned to the water to increase the chance of survival.

Anglers are encouraged to use their best judgment, avoid disturbing booms, and remain vigilant for possible new incursions of hydrocarbons from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In the event new incursions occur, the following protective measures are advised:

  • Avoid direct skin contact with the oil. 
  • If you get oil or tar balls on your skin, wash with soap and water. 
  • Launder clothing as usual if you get oil on it. 
  • There is no need to use harsh detergents, solvents or other chemicals to wash oil from skin or clothing, and it is discouraged.

Some people also may be sensitive to any change in air quality, which could cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or headaches. If you have these symptoms, officials recommend that you leave the area. If these symptoms do not improve, you should then consider contacting your primary care physician or other health care provider for medical advice.

If you have pre-existing medical conditions, such as asthma or other respiratory illness, you should consider communicating with your physician if you feel symptomatic. If you come into contact with an area of strong odor, it is recommended that you move to another location.

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