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Shrimping waters reopen Monday morning

Early Monday morning, shrimp boats took to the Mississippi Sound as the waters reopened at 6 a.m. (Photo source: WLOX) Early Monday morning, shrimp boats took to the Mississippi Sound as the waters reopened at 6 a.m. (Photo source: WLOX)
Mississippi's shrimp season is picking back up after waters were closed temporarily when sampling in the area showed a wealth of shrimp below legal size. (Photo source: WLOX) Mississippi's shrimp season is picking back up after waters were closed temporarily when sampling in the area showed a wealth of shrimp below legal size. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Early Monday morning, shrimp boats took to the Mississippi Sound as the waters reopened at 6 a.m. The season is picking back up after waters were closed temporarily when sampling in the area showed a wealth of shrimp below legal size. When shrimp season started June 3, small shrimp and low prices have kept most fishermen in port. This was the first time since 2008 waters closed during the season.

All regulations of the MDMR will be in full force and effect, and all boats engaged in catching or transporting shrimp must be licensed or permitted by the MDMR. The legal minimum size for shrimp in Mississippi is 68 shrimp per pound. This minimum average size is used as a standard for determining the opening or closing of shrimp areas. 

Shrimp season will close at midnight on December 31, except for south of the Intracoastal Waterway. All state waters shall close to shrimping activities at midnight April 30, 2016, except for live-bait shrimping.

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