368 boats trawl the Mississippi Sound as shrimp season opens

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Mississippi fishermen are taking advantage of the opening day of shrimp season in the largest numbers since Hurricane Katrina, according to DMR Public Information Officer Melissa Scallan.

Scallan said 368 boats hit state waters early Wednesday morning in pursuit of what some call white gold. She said that is the largest number of boats they have seen on the water since the 2005 shrimp season.

The first nets of the season were dropped into the Mississippi Sound promptly at 6 a.m.

Recreational and commercial shrimp season will close at midnight, December 31, 2014, north of the Intracoastal Waterway, and at midnight, April 30, 2015, south of the Intracoastal Waterway. Live-bait shrimping is open year-round.

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