We're just four days into Mississippi's shrimping season, but shrimpers have been unloading their catch in a steady stream. Some of the larger boats are just now starting to pull in with their catch after being out in Coast waters for days.
"We came down to see how they were unloading the boats, and the shrimp looked really good, so we got some to bring back to the retail market," said Sean Desporte.
Desporte runs Desporte & Sons Seafood market in Biloxi. For decades, Desporte's has been buying their shrimp from M & M Processing.
Jonathan McLendon is co-owner of M & M Processing. He describes the shrimp season so far as about average.
"We've got really high hopes for the next four or 5 days that some of these bigger boats will continue bringing in the good catch we've seen so far," McLendon said.
Desporte says he's impressed with the catch he's seen local boats bring in so far.
"They're counting about 31, 35," Desporte said.
Despite the good local catch, the processing plant isn't as busy as it could be. McLendon says Mississippi brings in about one-tenth of the amount of shrimp Louisiana does. The Louisiana season began weeks before the Mississippi season, and got off to a rough start because of unfavorable weather conditions.
McLendon says whether it turns out to be a slow shrimping season or a late one remains to be seen, but he hopes to continue to see area shrimpers bringing in a good catch for people locally and nationwide to enjoy.