National Fisherman

BILOXI, Mississippi -- The number of boats in Mississippi waters was up from last year for the first day of shrimping season, but as predicted, the catches were small, according to a news release from the state Department of Marine Resources.

The season opened Tuesday at 6 a.m. after sampling confirmed shrimp have reached the 68-count-per-pound state statute requirement.

According to the DMR Shrimp and Crab Bureau's aerial survey, shrimp effort increased on opening day, with 250 shrimp boats counted in Mississippi waters, compared to 210 boats observed last year.

Boats were concentrated north of East Ship Island, about 60, and scattered along the shoreline mostly to the east.

As predicted based on intensive sampling prior to the season opening, heavy rains in April and May that reduced salinity contributed to smaller catches reported earlier this morning.

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NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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