BILOXI, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has set the opening date of the 2010-2011 shrimp season in Mississippi territorial waters west of the East Biloxi ship channel for 6 a.m. Thursday, June 3, 2010.
The area opening will include all Mississippi waters west of a line beginning at Beacon “18" in the East Biloxi Bay Channel including the channel, then following the eastern side of the channel in a southerly direction until it intersects with the Mississippi/EEZ 3 mile nautical line. The northern boundary will begin at Beacon “18" in the East Biloxi Bay Channel and then southwesterly along the most direct line to the southernmost point on Deer Island; then westerly following the north shore of Deer Island to the westernmost tip; then westerly in the most direct line to Biloxi Beacon “8"; then westerly following the meandering of the shoreline at a distance of one-half mile from there to a point on the centerline of the CSX Railroad Bridge over St. Louis Bay; then westerly along the centerline of the bridge to a point one-half mile south of the western abutment of the CSX Railroad Bridge; then southwesterly following the meandering of the shoreline at a distance of one-half mile there from to a point one-half mile east of the mouth of Bayou Caddy; then westerly to the mouth of Bayou Caddy; then southwesterly following the meandering of the shoreline to the Mississippi-Louisiana state line.
These waters may close on short notice if it is detected that oil is moving into the open area.
All regulations set by the DMR are to be in full force and effect, and all boats engaged in catching or transporting shrimp in or from the waters of Mississippi must be legally licensed.
Source: Mississippi Department of Marine Resources