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Shrimp season opening date set for May 30

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) has set the opening date of the 2012-2013 shrimp season in Mississippi territorial waters for 6 a.m., May 30. Shrimp season will close at midnight, Dec. 31, except south of the Intracoastal Waterway. In addition, all state waters shall close to shrimping activities, except live bait shrimping, at midnight, ...

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Biologist worry over increase in Asian tiger shrimp

GULF OF MEXICO — A big increase in reports of Asian tiger shrimp along the U.S. Southeast coast and in the Gulf of Mexico has federal biologists worried the species is encroaching on native species’ territory. The black-and-white-striped shrimp can grow 13 inches long and weigh a quarter-pound, compared to eight inches and a bit over an ounce for domestic ...

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Committee approves bill aimed at boosting shrimpers, oystermen

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Legislation aimed at helping people who make their living harvesting shrimp and oysters from coastal waters have been approved by a Senate committee. The Mississippi Press reports two bills were approved by the Senate Ports and Marine Resources Committee. State Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, and the committee chairman, said one bill would reopen oyster beds that ...

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State looking for disaster declaration for shrimping industry

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The state will ask the U.S. Department of Commerce to issue a fisheries disaster declaration for Mississippi’s shrimp industry. Dale Diaz, director of marine fisheries for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, tells the Mississippi Press the request would be filed within a week. The declaration is the first step in possibly gaining federal relief funds. ...

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Monster shrimp, monster problem

They sound like a shrimp-lover’s dream. Nearly-foot-long creatures that are beautifully marked and absolutely delectable. However, Asian tiger shrimp are proving a nightmare for researchers. The invasive specie is being found with increasing frequency in the Gulf of Mexico. Since they have never reached the Gulf previously, scientists and the shrimping industry are worried and are calling on the public ...

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BP offers more post-spill aid to shrimpers, crabbers

GULF OF MEXICO — Gulf of Mexico shrimpers and crabbers, who have reported diminished catches since the BP oil spill, are being offered a more generous settlement package due to lingering uncertainties over seafood. Yesterday, Kenneth Feinberg, who is overseeing payments from a $20-billion compensation fund for victims of the 2010 oil spill, said he would offer shrimpers and crabbers ...

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Researchers looking harder at white shrimp

GULF OF MEXICO — Mississippi Department of Marine Resources workers are sampling white shrimp deeper into coastal bays and estuaries than ever before, to see what remains in those nurseries, officials say. They’re hoping to answer questions from shrimpers who say the Mississippi Sound catch has plummeted, Joe Jewell, deputy director of the Office of Marine Fisheries, told the Mississippi ...

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Shrimpers report worst season in memory

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ data shows this to be an average or better shrimp season while about 100 shrimpers said it is the worst they can remember. The Sun Herald reports the fishermen, most of them Vietnamese, attended yesterday’s DMR meeting in Biloxi. Their representatives said they should be out fishing rather than in a ...

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Shrimp processors fighting proposed H2-B pay raises

Shrimp processors along the Mississippi Gulf Coast have filed for injunctive relief in federal court in an effort to block a proposed rule change by the U.S. Department of Labor in determining wages paid under the department’s H2-B guest-worker program. A late September decision by the Labor Department to delay the new wage-determining rule has the Biloxi-based American Shrimp Processors ...

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More state waters opened to shrimping

GULF OF MEXICO — In addition to waters previously opened to shrimping, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) has opened waters in the Biloxi Bay Channel between Beacon 18 and Beacon 26. The area will be closed, however, if during routine sampling it is found that undersize shrimp have moved into the vicinity. Recreational and commercial shrimp season will ...

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