DMR getting close to setting shrimp season opening - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

DMR getting close to setting shrimp season opening

Posted: Updated:
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Palermo in court fighting criminal charges & seizures

    Palermo in court fighting criminal charges & seizures

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:17 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:17:11 GMT
    There's a hotly contested court battle underway between Sulphur businessman Joe Palermo and the state. And it now, partly deals with an investigation that has yet to result in criminal charges.Palermo was due on court motions fighting pending criminal charges against him, including forgery and possession of stolen things. But first off the defense filed a motion asking to secure and examine items seized yesterday, including Palermo's computer. Palermo attorney Karl says the seizure of compute...More >>
    There's a hotly contested court battle underway between Sulphur businessman Joe Palermo and the state. And it now, partly deals with an investigation that has yet to result in criminal charges.Palermo was due on court motions fighting pending criminal charges against him, including forgery and possession of stolen things. But first off the defense filed a motion asking to secure and examine items seized yesterday, including Palermo's computer. Palermo attorney Karl says the seizure of compute...More >>
  • Flushable wipes causing havoc for sewer systems in Lake Charles

    Flushable wipes causing havoc for sewer systems in Lake Charles

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:49:13 GMT
    What we flush matters. The infrastructure in Lake Charles goes back 50 years in many places. Wastewater administrators said an old system was not built for many items we flush today, like flushable wipes.More >>
    What we flush matters. The infrastructure in Lake Charles goes back 50 years in many places. Wastewater administrators said an old system was not built for many items we flush today, like flushable wipes.
    More >>
  • Allen Parish 911 system operating following lightning strike

    Allen Parish 911 system operating following lightning strike

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:34:13 GMT
    The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office communication system took a lightning strike on Thursday afternoon leading to a loss of phone communications, according to Chief Deputy Ricky Johnson.More >>
    The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office communication system took a lightning strike on Thursday afternoon leading to a loss of phone communications, according to Chief Deputy Ricky Johnson.More >>
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

A cold winter, followed by abundant Spring rains, are having an impact on this year's shrimp season in Mississippi. Those conditions slowed the growth of shrimp, which means a later start to the season.

Shrimp season can't open in Mississippi until they reach the legal size of 68 count per pound. And weather conditions dictate the growth of those shrimp. While those heavy Spring rains affected salinity levels, recent DMR sampling shows promise.

"The conditions affected the growth. It's a little bit slow, but the numbers are good and they are growing as we would expect them to. So I'm confident and looking for at least a good to average season," said Traci Floyd, with the Department of Marine Resources.

As shrimpers await the start of the 2014 season here in Mississippi, there's some good news for fishermen. Shrimp prices are high right now, thanks to an early mortality syndrome overseas, which has kept the number of imported shrimp lower than usual.

Shrimpers like David Stewart are certainly happy about recent price trends for shrimp.

"Through the roof. We hope we stay this high," he said, from the deck of his father's shrimp boat, "Southern Pride."

Higher prices for the catch can help pay crew members and offset the cost of fuel and other supplies.

"Prices are high, where we want them at. Making money off of it.  Keep it local around here," said crew member Christian Gasper.

The DMR is taking samples two to three times a week, getting closer to signaling the start of the 2014 season.

"And we measure the growth from day to day and based on that we will analyze it and we will open the season based on when the shrimp reach the legal size which is 68 count per pound," Floyd said.

Last year there were 250 shrimp boats on the water on opening day, the highest number in five years.

The DMR's Traci Floyd says the dockside value of shrimp in Mississippi was about $20 million last year. The overall economic value was $136 million.

Copyright 2014 WLOX. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow