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06/20/03

Parts Of Sound Closed To Shrimping

Buddy Holmes just returned from a four-day hunting trip for shrimp. People lined-up at the docks to buy his catch. Some customers complained about the size of the shrimp this season. Holmes has his own complaints -- prices are just too low.

Holmes said "The prices at the factory, they cutting them for the last couple of days. They cut it .10 to .15 over the board, and they ain't paying. If we weren't trying to sell them here at the pier, we couldn't make out".

Mike Kopszywa said "There's no shrimp and they started cutting the prices. It's killing everybody".

Kopszywa is having a tougher time. The D.M.R. closed all waters north of the Intracoastal Waterway to shrimping, because too much rain has caused smaller shrimp to move into the area. That's where Kopszywa usually drops his nets.

Kopszywa said "It's a double whammy, but I can go to Louisiana where these little boats can't be able to go".

Some shrimpers are forced to search for shrimp elsewhere, hoping to haul in a bigger catch and better profits. Holmes said "We're going to have to leave here to go way down to the mouth of the Mississippi River to try to make us a trip, because there's not enough around here to keep us here".

Next week, the DMR will take more samples of shrimp in the area that is closed. If the shrimp reach legal minimum size, then the DMR can re-open the area.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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