BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The 2015 shrimp season will open next Wednesday. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says fishermen can trawl state waters beginning June 3 at 6:00 a.m.
A news release from the DMR says all boats engaged in catching or transporting shrimp from Mississippi waters must be licensed or permitted by the MDMR before beginning operations.
Recreational and commercial shrimp season north of the Intracoastal Waterway will close at midnight on Dec. 31, 2015. In areas south of the Intracoastal Waterway, shrimp season will close at midnight on April 30, 2016. Live-bait shrimping is open year-round in designated areas.
The June 3 opening is 15 days earlier than the DMR allowed fishermen to catch shrimp in 2014.