May 24, 2010 9:37 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - State officials will test brown shrimp for
petroleum hydrocarbons ahead of the anticipated opening of the
season in June.
The Mississippi Press reports that William Walker, executive
director of the state Department of Marine Resources, was given
authority this past week to open the season when test trawls yield
68 shrimp per pound.
Walker said a commercial shrimper will be hired to pull some
shrimp for testing.
He says the commercial nets are heavier than those used by the
state and would provide a more representative sample of what a
shrimper might collect on opening day.
Walker said the test for petroleum hydrocarbons in shrimp tissue
is a first and is precautionary.