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Mississippi fishermen prepare for opening of shrimp season

Fishermen were busy, Tuesday, getting prepared for the opening of Mississippi shrimp season Wednesday morning. (Photo source: WLOX) Fishermen were busy, Tuesday, getting prepared for the opening of Mississippi shrimp season Wednesday morning. (Photo source: WLOX)
Last year, the DMR counted 378 shrimp boats on opening day. That was the most since before Hurricane Katrina. (Photo source: WLOX) Last year, the DMR counted 378 shrimp boats on opening day. That was the most since before Hurricane Katrina. (Photo source: WLOX)
While many are optimistic about the size of this year's harvest, the price is another story. (Photo source: WLOX) While many are optimistic about the size of this year's harvest, the price is another story. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Mississippi shrimpers will drop their nets on a new season Wednesday morning. Shrimpers spent the day before loading their boats with ice and fuel and salt and groceries. There are also nets that need mending and last minute engine checks.

The word on the docks is, there should be a decent catch this year.

"Sounds like it's going to be good. Should be good. Everybody's excited about it. Ready to get going you know," said Ted Luke, with St. Michael's Fuel & Ice.

Part of that optimism is based on the number of shrimp being caught in Louisiana, which opened its season two weeks ago.

The low price that's being paid for shrimp so far this year is the biggest concern among fishermen we talked with. One Louisiana shrimper said he was paid less than a dollar a pound for shrimp that fetched more than two dollars just last year.

"I'm thinking it's going to be a plentiful season, but the low prices got everybody down. Low prices," said Buddy Cantrelle.

He's been shrimping for some 25 years. Cantrelle said at least fuel prices are affordable this year. But with the low prices paid for shrimp, he'll need plenty to cover his costs.

"Just making ends meet. Trying to stay alive. Make enough money to cover all our expenses," he said.

Ted Luke is trying to stay optimistic about this year's catch. He'll know soon enough, once the shrimp boats start unloading fresh Mississippi shrimp

"No shrimp better than our local shrimp, you know. Hopefully, we'll be swamped. Hopefully. Yeah, we should be," said Luke.

The season opens at six o'clock Wednesday morning. Last year, the DMR counted 378 shrimp boats on opening day. That was the most since before Hurricane Katrina.

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