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Mississippi shrimp season to open this week

June 6, 2021 GMT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s 2021-2022 shrimp season opens this week.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources set the official shrimp season to open at 6 a.m. on Thursday in state territorial waters, WLOX-TV reported.

The shrimp season opening date may be postponed if sampling indicates movement of large numbers of juvenile brown shrimp into this area, the agency said.

Recreational and commercial shrimp season north of the Intracoastal Waterway will close on Jan. 1. In areas south of the Intracoastal Waterway and west of the Gulfport Ship Channel, shrimp season will close May 1.

Licensed live-bait shrimping is open year-round in designated areas.

For more information, call the Mississippi Shrimp Information Hotline at 866-938-7295 or the MDMR at 228-374-5000.