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Shrimpers head out for season's start

3 years 9 months 1 week ago August 12, 2013 Aug 12, 2013 Monday, August 12 2013 August 12, 2013 9:18 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

GOLDEN MEADOW - Shrimpers across south Louisiana say they are ready for the start of the white shrimp season.

About 60 percent 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 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.

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