The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has set the opening date of the 2016-2017 shrimp season in state territorial waters for 6 a.m. Monday.
All boats engaged in catching or transporting shrimp from Mississippi waters must be licensed or permitted by the MDMR.
Marine Patrol officers will perform dockside courtesy inspections of Turtle Excluder Devices upon request of shrimpers by calling 523-4134.
Recreational and commercial shrimp season north of the Intracoastal Waterway will close at midnight on Dec. 31 In areas south of the Intracoastal Waterway, shrimp season will close at midnight on April 30, 2017. Licensed live-bait shrimping is open year-round in designated areas.
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Details: Mississippi Shrimp Information Hotline at (866) 938-7295 or MDMR at 374-5000