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Shrimping will close north of Intracoastal Waterway

A lone shrimp boat makes its way to the Mississippi Sound during this year’s opening of the 2016 shrimp season.
A lone shrimp boat makes its way to the Mississippi Sound during this year’s opening of the 2016 shrimp season.

Waters north of the Intracoastal Waterway will close to shrimping early on New Year’s Day.

The closure starts at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources said Thursday.

All other Mississippi territorial waters are still open for shrimping, but boats used for shrimping must be licensed and marine patrol officers will be checking shrimp boats, DMR spokeswoman Melissa Scallan said.

Shrimpers with questions can call a hotline, 1-866-WeTrawl (1-866-938-7295).

Shrimping in waters south of the Intracoastal Waterway typically continues until April 30 or so. Then shrimp season generally resumes in June.

Food columnist Julian Brunt shows how to make on of his favorite shrimp recipes, shrimp Bruschetta.

Tonging for oysters reopens at sunrise Friday around the Waveland and St. Stanislaus reefs. Those are in the conditionally approved Area II B region.

Updates have been made to oyster-safety requirements to guard against the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria found in warm sea water.

The new information is available at oyster check stations and by calling the Oyster Hotline at 228-374-5167 or 1-800-385-5902.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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