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Shrimp boat count down

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Bad weather July 7 diminished the opening of Mississippi waters to shrimping north of the Intracoastal Waterway. Only 212 shrimping vessels were observed in Mississippi waters, even less than the 230 that were counted June 25 when Mississippi waters were opened to shrimping south of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Based on reports by the Department of Marine Resources Marine Patrol officers, most of the vessels, about 150, were found east of the Gulfport Ship Channel spread out to Pascagoula. However, a group of 62 vessels were active in the western sound around Cat Island.

The annual aerial boat count was cancelled by Civil Air Patrol due to inclement flight conditions.

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