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Miss. shrimp season opens Thursday

4 years ago June 02, 2010 Jun 2, 2010 Wednesday, June 02 2010 Wednesday, June 02, 2010 9:59:32 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

Mississippi's shrimp season in territorial waters west of the East Biloxi ship channel is scheduled to open at 6 a.m. Thursday.

Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources say the waters may close on short notice if it is detected that oil is moving into the open area.

Agency director Bill Walker says shrimp season is opening about 10 days early.

Walker says the shrimp that officials have sampled show no signs of oil contamination.

He says his agency and the state Department of Health agreed that shrimp from Mississippi waters are safe to eat.

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