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Mississippi shrimp in short supply

This shrimper was busy selling her catch at the dock in Biloxi Friday afternoon. This shrimper was busy selling her catch at the dock in Biloxi Friday afternoon.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

On the supply side, shrimpers are out looking for Mississippi shrimp. As for demand, consumers are hoping to find shrimp from Mississippi waters.

Jim Gunkel with Quality Seafood in Biloxi says the search is on for Mississippi shrimp. 

"They want something local. Even the casinos and restaurants are asking for local shrimp. Everybody wants the domestic product. We're getting a lot out of Florida and Louisiana right now because Mississippi shrimp is not coming in." 

Quality Seafood in Biloxi did have some Mississippi shrimp over the weekend. It sold out quickly.

Six days into the 2011 season the catch appears to be sparse. The season began earlier then usual. Gunkel says he's seeing a lot of big shrimp and a lot of tiny shrimp.

"We like the medium size. It's better selling shrimp."

Timing is everything in the shrimp business. Jim Gunkel thinks some of the boats are staying in and looking ahead to a time when the catch will be more profitable.

"Some of the shrimpers are waiting to go out because they're waiting for the shrimp to grow a little bit. In a week or two, they should be the right size. Size matters for what they get paid. They like the bigger shrimp. They can make more money."

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