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DMR sets opening of shrimp season

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has set the opening date of the 2009-2010 shrimp season in Mississippi territorial waters south of the Intracoastal Waterway (inclusive of the waterway) for 6 a.m. June 25.

DMR will continue sampling to determine the opening date for waters north of the Intracoastal Waterway.

The legal minimum size for shrimp in Mississippi is 68 shrimp per pound. This minimum average size is used as a standard for determining the opening date. Certain areas may be closed to shrimping activity if sampling indicates that a large number of small shrimp have moved into a particular area.

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