2020-2021 shrimp season now open in Mississippi as of Thursday, May 28

BILOXI, Miss. (WXXV) — The 2020-2021 shrimp season has officially opened in Mississippi state territorial waters, according to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

The MDMR says that all boats engaged in catching or transporting shrimp from Mississippi waters must be licensed or permitted by the MDMR before beginning operations.

Recreational and commercial shrimp season north of the Intracoastal Waterway will close at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2021. In areas south of the Intracoastal Waterway and west of the Gulfport Ship Channel, shrimp season will close at 12:01 a.m. on May 1, 2021.

Licensed live-bait shrimping is open year-round in designated areas.

Additionally, Marine Patrol officers will be available to perform dockside courtesy inspections of Turtle Excluder Devices upon request of shrimpers. Shrimpers requesting courtesy inspections can contact Marine Patrol at 228-523-4134.

For specific information, call the Mississippi Shrimp Information Hotline at 866-938-7295 or the MDMR at 228-374-5000.

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