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Louisiana officials extend white shrimp season

GULF OF MEXICO — Louisiana wildlife and fisheries officials say the shrimp season in the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds will be extended until further notice. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Robert Barham says current data indicates that marketable quantities of white shrimp remain in those areas. He says by extending the shrimp season, he hopes to give ...

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Senators pushing for continued duties on imported shrimp

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) recently testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that existing antidumping duties must be extended to promote an even playing field for U.S. shrimpers “besieged by unfair foreign imports.” The ITC is in the process of determining whether conditions within the U.S. shrimp industry warrant the continuation or ...

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Shrimpers given more time to harvest

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has extended the shrimping season for Mississippi territorial waters north of the Intracoastal Waterway through Jan. 14. Those waters will close to shrimping at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 15, 2011. If biological sampling indicates a movement of large numbers of juvenile shrimp into this area, the area may close sooner. ...

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Shrimp catch way down, but not prices

GULF OF MEXICO — Shrimp landings may be way below average this season, but the quality of Gulf shrimp is still good.

 Shrimping began on time when state waters opened June 3. Because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, partial closures were implemented beginning June 8. By July 1, state waters had completely closed.

 “With closures starting only one week ...

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Shrimpers back in Florida waters

GULF OF MEXICO — Shrimping is now permitted in state waters off the western tip of the Florida Panhandle that had been closed due to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. As a precaution, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission closed the 23-mile stretch of water off Escambia County on June 14 to fishing, crabbing and shrimping. ...

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Shrimpers trawling in Gulf, but concerns remain

GULF OF MEXICO — Shrimpers trawling Louisiana waters today in the first commercial season since the Gulf disaster don’t know what dangers from the massive BP oil spill still lurk and what market there will be for their catch if consumers don’t believe the seafood is safe. Perhaps the biggest fear is that some fisherman might try to sell oil-contaminated ...

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Coast shrimpers getting BP-funded TEDs

GULF OF MEXICO — Due to reports of unusually high numbers of endangered sea turtle sightings and strandings in Mississippi, an effort is being made to increase the survivability of any sea turtles that may become captured in a skimmer shrimp trawl. To support this effort, the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife ...

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New restriction put on shrimpers to protect turtles

GULF OF MEXICO — Due to reports of unusually high numbers of endangered sea turtle sightings and strandings in Mississippi, and as a proactive measure, the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has ordered the immediate reduction of maximum trawling times for shrimping vessels using skimmer trawls to 30 minutes, effective June 20. The tow time requirement ...

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Louisiana expecting one of worst months for shrimpers

GULF OF MEXICO — Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the shrimp catch in May could be the second-worst on record, because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The Courier says reasons cited include both areas closed because of the spill and some shrimpers’ decisions to clean up oil instead of trawling. Biologist Marty Bourgeois says preliminary figures ...

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Shrimp season opening early, could close quickly

GULF OF MEXICO — Mississippi’s shrimp season in territorial waters west of the East Biloxi ship channel is scheduled to open at 6 a.m. tomorrow. Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources say the waters may close on short notice if it is detected that oil is moving into the open area. Agency director Bill Walker says shrimp season ...

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