BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's shrimp fleet got its ceremonial blessing Sunday for the 90th time, even as shrimpers worry about fresh floodwaters harming shrimp production.
Mississippi shrimp season extended
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is extending the state's shrimping season until 6 a.m. Friday, May 10.
The extension applies to Mississippi territorial...
Crew survives shrimp trawler wreck off North Carolina coast
FRISCO, N.C. (AP) — Three crew members of a shrimp trawler that wrecked off the coast of North Carolina have been found alive.
Citing a National Park Service release, news outlets report that the vessel named Big John was found overturned and broken apart early Monday. Rangers assisted the U.S. Coast Guard and Hatteras Island Rescue Squad in the search.
New England shrimp won’t be available at all this year
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A small amount of New England shrimp has been available to the public despite a fishing shutdown in recent years, but that will not be the case this winter.
Regulators close Maine’s shrimp fishery for next 3 years
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Regulators voted Friday to close the Gulf of Maine winter shrimp season for another three years, raising fears that the fishery decimated by rising water temperatures may never bounce back.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has been taking a year-to-year approach to determining whether to allow a winter season, but the panel decided to shut it down for 2019, 2020 and 2021 after receiving a dismal report on the depleted fishery.
New England’s shuttered shrimp fishery faces key decisions
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two days of meetings will determine if there's going to be a shrimp fishing season in New England next year, and it doesn't look promising.
The fishery, based mostly in Maine, has been shut down since 2013 over concerns about a depleted population of the shrimp. An advisory panel that reports to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meets Thursday in Portland to make a recommendation about having a season in 2019.
Vote this week on keeping New England shrimp fishery shut
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishing managers will decide this week if New England's fishery for shrimp must remain closed because of concerns about the environment and the animal's population.
The shrimp fishery, based mostly in Maine, has been closed since 2013. The small, pink shrimp, once a popular winter seafood item, have been mostly unavailable to consumers in America since.
Ruling soon on New England shrimp fishery, a warming victim
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishing regulators are collecting the final comments from the public before deciding whether New England's shrimp fishery should remain closed for another year.
Scientists and environmentalists have portrayed the shrimp fishery as a victim of climate change, as the warming temperature of the Gulf of Maine has made the shrimp's habitat inhospitable. The fishery was shut down in 2013.
Rule change for shuttered shrimp fishery could be coming
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Fishery managers are seeking feedback on potential changes to New England's long-shuttered shrimp fishery if it ever reopens.
Shrimp fishing has been shut down off Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire since 2013. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering changes to the way it allocates quota in the fishery.
New England shrimp population still depleted, board says
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A regulatory board says New England's shrimp population remains depleted years after the fishery for the species was shut down.
Fishermen in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts used to harvest Northern shrimp in the winter, but regulators shut the fishery down in 2013 amid concerns about low population and warming waters.
Future of Maine shrimp fishery again up for debate
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The future of the Maine shrimp fishery is again up for debate, as a regulatory board will consider a new assessment of the health of the shrimp population.
The shrimp fishery has been shut down for several years because the crustaceans have struggled with poor survival of young and warming waters. An arm of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will meet on Thursday in Portland to talk about how the fishery could be managed in the future.
Louisiana shrimpers’ woes: Prices inch up, catch way down
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana shrimpers are getting a little more money for their catch — but there's less catch.
Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reports that a recent uptick in prices of about a nickel per pound averted a shrimpers' strike.
But the Southern Shrimp Alliance says Louisiana's July shrimp landings — 1.3 million pounds — were the lowest for any July in at least 17 years.
Meeting set to consider future of Maine shrimp fishery
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A regulatory panel will meet next month to consider what the future holds for New England's shuttered shrimp fishery.
The fishery has been shut down since 2013 because of low population, poor survival of young and concerns about warming oceans. An arm of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will meet in Portland on Oct. 4 to review the most recent assessment of the shrimp stock.
New England shrimp population still looks bad amid shutdown
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new analysis of New England's shrimp population doesn't bode well for the future of the long-shuttered fishery for the crustaceans.
The Maine-based shrimp fishery has been shut down since 2013 because of concerns such as warming ocean temperatures and poor survival of young. Scientists working with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission are assessing the shrimp stock, and so far it looks like little has changed.
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — A mayor on South Carolina's coast and a chamber of commerce are in a dispute over the ownership of a shrimp festival.
The Island Packet of Hilton Head Island reported Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling (KIGH-ser-ling) and the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce are in a dispute over the ownership for the Taste of Beaufort held in May and the Beaufort Shrimp Festival in October.
GOLDEN MEADOW, La. (AP) — A parade of decorated shrimp trawlers and other assorted boats amble down Bayou Lafourche on a sunny spring day. Flags and banners flap in the rigging, portable speakers blare country music, and back-deck partiers dig into plates of crawfish and sausage. At the head of the procession, on the bow of the lead boat, a smiling priest in full vestments casts blessings left and right.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The 2018 Louisiana spring inshore shrimp season will close Wednesday in an area near the Mississippi-Louisiana state line westward.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina officials say they are uncertain when the state's commercial shrimp catching season will be open.
The Post and Courier reports state Department of Natural Resources biologists did a round of sample trawls off Charleston on Tuesday to check whether the spring shrimp had spawned and whether the summer crop had grown to good size.
ATLANTA (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says shrimpers can go after white, brown and pink shrimp in federal waters off Georgia.
NOAA Fisheries had closed federal waters off Georgia at the state's request on Jan. 24 to protect spawning white shrimp.
The state had closed its waters to all shrimping on Jan. 15 because the water had been chilly for a long time.
Louisiana’s spring shrimp season to open Monday
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's spring shrimp season will open Monday in a portion of state inshore waters.
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission convened a special meeting Thursday to set the date for the opening in waters from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal. The season opens at 6 a.m.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Officials say Louisiana's outside waters that are still closed to shrimping will open at 6 a.m. Monday.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says inside waters will remain closed.
A news release Friday said biologists have found that small white shrimp which spent the winter in the outside waters have reached marketable sizes.
SEATTLE (AP) — State regulators on Monday tentatively denied a request by Willapa Bay oyster growers to use a pesticide to control shrimp that burrow in oyster and clam beds and make it hard for the shellfish to grow.
In denying a permit, the Department of Ecology said that new scientific research and data show the pesticide imidacloprid would have too great an impact on other marine organisms, wildlife and the environment.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the shrimp season will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday in some outside waters off of Terrebonne Parish.
Biologists say small white shrimp have reached marketable size in the outside area from the northwest shore of Caillou (KY-yoo) Boca to the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya (uh-CHAF-uh-ly-uh) River Ship Channel at Eugene Island.
Howdy, everyone! We’ve had a weird and wonderful phenomenon lately where the ocean is rough on weekdays but gets calm and fishable for the weekends. Those of you that are boat owners know that this is usually the exact opposite. Every day at work you hear me on the radio telling you how nice and fishable the ocean is but then on Friday between 3 and 5 in the afternoon the ocean gets all torn up. Of course, by Monday morning it’s nice again.
Invasive bloody red shrimp discovered in Lake Superior
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An invasive species with a jarring name has turned up in Lake Superior: the bloody red shrimp.
Researchers found a single specimen of the tiny shrimp in a sample collected from the Duluth-Superior harbor last summer as part of routine surveillance for invasive species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. That means there are now documented findings of bloody red shrimp in all of the Great Lakes. They were first found in Lake Ontario and Lake Michigan in 2006.
Bloody red shrimp found in Lake Superior raises worry of another invasive species
A solitary bloody red shrimp was found in the Twin Ports Harbor, raising fears that the light hating, zooplankton eating invasive critters have found their way to Lake Superior.
If it does represent the beginning of an invasion, it would be the first in many years for Lake Superior. But the tiny shrimp may have been dead on arrival after being dumped from a cargo ship environmental officials cant be sure.
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An invasive shrimp has been found in Lake Superior for the first time.
A single specimen of the bloody-red shrimp was collected from a sweep net sample taken near the Allouez Bay in Superior, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said Thursday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service identified the bloody-red shrimp, scientifically called Hemimysis anomala, in January.
The shrimp was first discovered in Lake Ontario and Lake Michigan in 2006 and has appeared in lakes Erie and Huron since then.
Louisiana’s fall shrimp season to close Friday
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's fall shrimp season is closing in remaining state inside waters, and a portion of state outside waters effective Friday at official sunset.
Fall shrimp harvest down in South Carolina
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Wildlife officials in South Carolina say the fall white shrimp harvest is down this year.
Grace Edwards with Shem Creek Fisheries told The Post and Courier of Charleston there just aren't many shrimp in the water this fall.
Decision coming about future of New England shrimp fishing
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A decision is coming this week about whether New England's long-shuttered shrimp fishery can reopen.
New England shrimping, largely based in Maine, has been shut down since 2013. Regulators say the shrimp are suffering from poor reproduction and warming ocean temperatures.
Empty nets and light wallets as fall shrimp season disappoints in South Carolina
The fall white shrimp season has been a painful one for South Carolina’s diminished fleet of trawlers, with many people wondering what’s become of all the tasty crustaceans.
"They’re just not here," said Grace Edwards, head of Shem Creek Fisheries, whose husband runs a trawler.
Fall shrimp landings tracked by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources are running far below average, by hundreds of thousands of pounds. In Mount Pleasant, fundraisers are being held for the Shem Creek fleet.
Scientists hope smart phone app yields clues in shrimp study
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Scientists on the Georgia coast are documenting an affliction in shrimp known as black gill as part of an ongoing research project.
The University of Georgia's Skidaway Institute of Oceanography has been involved with the research for several years, and now scientists hope a new smart phone app yields more insight.
New rules for New England shrimp fishery, if it ever reopens
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New England's shrimp fishery will be managed differently if it ever reopens.
Fishermen haven't been allowed to catch Maine shrimp since 2013. But the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved a new set of restrictions for the fishery Thursday in the event it does one day reopen.
Which way to turn?
That was the choice and the happy challenge on this mid-October morning as it is so many days this time of year if you equally enjoy angling and hunting.
On this October morning, we had idled out of a little bayou and into east Galveston Bay, finding the reach stretched like a sheet of nearly seamless silver under the last weak breaths of north wind behind the front that a couple of days before had swept the sky of clouds and humidity and left a welcomed coolness to the air.
Galveston - Trout action is good over reefs with live shrimp under a popping cork. Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs and shrimp.
Matagorda - Guide Michael Rolf reported limits of trout while working reefs with live shrimp. Bull redfish action is good at the jetty.
Lake Livingston - Guide Dave Cox of Palmetto Guide Service reported excellent white-bass action. Crappie are good in the creeks. Black bass are good around stumps and the river channel.
Decision soon on whether to keep Maine shrimpers shut down
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishing regulators will decide in November whether it's time to reopen Maine's shuttered shrimp fishery.
An arm of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission plans to meet on Nov. 29 in Portland to determine specifications for the 2018 fishing year. The fishery was shut down in 2013 amid concerns about poor reproduction and declining population.
New rules for New England shrimp fishery _ if it reopens
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — With the prospect of New England's shuttered shrimp fishery reopening this winter, new rules are being designed to perpetuate the crustacean's numbers and prevent another shutdown.
At the Brownsville Shrimp Basin Thursday morning, workers at the Zimco Marine unloading dock raced against the clock to unload frozen shrimp from trawlers and load it onto trucks.
Angry clouds collected in the west and the wind ticked up noticeably as the forklift hoisted load after load.
“We have to get it done quick before the rains start and the winds start,” Supervisor Leonard Leyva said. “It’s already getting pretty dark so we’re trying to get things done quick.”
New rules coming to Maine shrimp fishery, if it ever reopens
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New rules could be coming to Maine's shuttered shrimp fishery in the event that it one day reopens.
Maine shrimp, also called Northern shrimp, have been under a fishing moratorium since 2013. Scientists say their populations have plummeted due to inhospitable environmental conditions such as warming oceans.
An arm of the regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is meeting on Aug. 31 to consider proposals to improve the management of the fishery in the future.
Interns find tiny crustaceans in Arkansas national park
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Interns at a national park in Arkansas have discovered species of a crustacean that hadn't before been documented in the park's waters.
The Sentinel-Record reports that Hot Springs National Park interns Paul Solis and Meg O'Connor found new species of Ostracod in the park's thermal waters. The seed shrimps are a class that thrives in extreme conditions.
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Large numbers of fish, shrimp, crabs and eels have been coming ashore in Mississippi, in what's called a jubilee.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says there were jubilee conditions Wednesday for fish, shrimp, crabs and eels near the Gulfport and Long Beach harbors. It says that by early Thursday, shrimp, crabs and eels — but no finfish — were washing ashore from the Broadwater in Biloxi to west of Pass Christian Harbor.
Louisiana’s inshore shrimp season to close Friday
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. Friday.
The closure affects the Louisiana/Mississippi state line westward to the eastern shore of the Mississippi River and from Freshwater Bayou canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line except for: Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, the Louisiana portion of Mississippi Sound, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.
Anglers attached to fishing Priest Lake tend to fall into two camps that are being asked to make a decision.
One group favors a return to the good old days of fishing for abundant kokanee and cutthroat trout.
The other group generally prefers the current abundance of delicious shrimp-fed mackinaw averaging 15-25 inches long, and maybe a shot at catching a trophy mack.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A boy on an Alabama beach was struck and killed Wednesday by a log washed ashore by storm surge from Tropical Storm Cindy, which spun bands of severe weather ashore from the Florida panhandle to east Texas as it churned ever closer to the Gulf coast.
Mississippi’s shrimp season opens Wednesday
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's 2017-18 shrimp season in state territorial waters opens at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says the recreational and commercial shrimp season north of the Intracoastal Waterway will close at midnight Dec. 31. In areas south of there and west of the Gulfport Ship Channel, the season will close at midnight on April 30, 2018.
Virus hitting Louisiana crawfish ponds
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana crawfish producers: beware.
A deadly virus is threatening the industry, state aquaculture specialists said.
Mark Shirley, of the LSU Agriculture Center, said the virus — known as white spot syndrome — primarily affects shrimp and was first discovered in Thailand and other parts of southeast Asia. Somehow, he says, it has made its way to crawfish ponds in South Louisiana and is having a significant impact.
Nebraska farmers create shrimp habitats
DILLER, Neb. (AP) — A plywood hog, its paint chipped and sun-faded from years of exposure, decorates a metal feed bin outside four red-walled swine barns that sit long and squat along a quiet gravel road in southeastern Nebraska.
In the distance, wind turbines spin over freshly planted cornfields. The breeze blowing those massive white blades smells fresh. There is no overwhelming stench of manure.