We're getting closer to the opening of this year's shrimp season. Tuesday, the Commission on Marine Resources authorized the executive director of the DMR to open the season once the shrimp reach the legal size of 68 count per pound.
Rick Burris gave commissioners an update on the prospects for this year's season. He said the water is warming up nicely to promote shrimp growth. But salinity levels remain lower than desired because of all the rain we've had this spring.
Still, recent sampling trips show the shrimp are getting close to that legal size to signal the start of the season.