Shrimping Season Now Underway

Ice moving up and out, it's a familiar sound as shrimping season approaches.   At St. Michael's Ice and Fuel, owner David Luke says this year fisherman can count on the ice to keep rolling in.

"Thank God we were able to get on line this year cause last year we couldn't get online until July," says David Luke, St. Michael's Ice and Fuel owner.

Luke says 500 blocks of ice a day are needed to meet the demands of shrimpers. St. Michael's only makes about 300, the rest of the ice must be shipped in from Louisiana. On the Lucy F., a Biloxi lugger shrimping boat, staying on the water means having plenty of ice.

"We got two tons in the hole.  It probably will last us for the rest of the week," says Glen Foreman, shrimper.

These shrimpers were among the 300 who came out for the first day of work on the water, this according to the Department of Marine Resources. The Lucy F. headed East toward Horn Island.  The shrimpers say their first catch could be the first sign of what's in store for this season.

"We did well. We did a lot better than we expected," says Foreman.

But, a hang up brought them back a little sooner than expected.

"We ran out of ice, so we came back to refill the ice hole so we can go back," says Foreman.

Despite getting a good start, Luke says if you look at the numbers you'll see why it can be a challenge at times to keep ice ready.

"There are only like two ice houses. They could use another ice house here really. It would help out the situation a little better," says Luke.

Despite Luke's concern for more ice houses, he says he's going to keep the ice coming in to help keep fisherman like Glen Foreman out and catching on the water.

By: Krystal Allan