Shrimpers head out for season's start - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Shrimpers head out for season's start

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)

GOLDEN MEADOW, La. (AP) - Shrimpers across south Louisiana say they are ready for the start of the white shrimp season.

About 60% of the shrimp harvested in the U.S. comes from the Gulf of Mexico. The total domestic shrimp harvest brought in $518 million in 2011.

The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/13uXRMf ) the season officially opened up at 6 a.m. Monday on the inside waters of the western shore of the Atchafalaya River. The season east of the river was set to open at 6 p.m.

Federal data indicates that about 26.1 million pounds of shrimp were caught in Louisiana between January and May.

Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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