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May 10, 2010 7:49 PM by Kate Mundy

Shrimping Season Opens, Causes Confusion

"Crazy" is how most shrimpers describe the days since April 29. They're told one day that shrimping season is open, then a few days later it's closed. But Monday they received some positive news after a lot of bad news in the aftermath of the oil spill.
   
But the news on Monday came with a lot of confusion. "Last report I got, it was closed," said crab buyer Billy Landry. "I feel like I'm going nuts," said one Shrimp Fisherman. Shrimpers on the waters off Cypremort Point didn't know what to think in this roller coaster aftermath of the oil spill.

Monday morning, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents boarded boats, geared up for a day of enforcement. "Today we just happen to be focusing on Vermilion Bay and the recreational fisherman and ensuring that everybody's abiding by the closure of the zone two for the shrimping season," said Donnie Bozeman.
 
But by noon Monday, many areas reopened for shrimping, including Vermilion Bay. One by one, fisherman headed out to grab what they could. Most didn't even venture too far away from shore. These days the government can change its mind, so they didn't want to take a chance.

As of Monday, areas east of the Mississippi River remained closed to shrimping, and so did the waters off Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. Some areas are closed for precautionary measures due to oil, others are shut down due to the presence of juvenile shrimp.

 

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