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Oyster Fishermen ask for season to open early


For oyster fishermen in Mississippi, 2015 has been a tough year. 

The reefs are currently closed to oyster fishing because of the red tide. Heavy rains and high water levels on the Pearl River also prompted closures earlier in the season.

The Commission on Marine Resources received an update on this year's oyster catch on Tuesday.

So far, the total harvest is just over 13,500 sacks. However, despite the low numbers, one fishermen sees promise for the future, even though he'd like to see the season open earlier.

"It really puts us in a bind with the algae bloom that came apart", James Wright said. "We always have rain that starts in December every year and lasts through the middle of January and then back again in April you know. I really would like to see it open a little earlier every year."

Wright says the oysters are more plentiful this year than he expected. His last trip out, working alone, he harvested his limit of oysters in just four hours.

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