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May 23, 2012 7:43 AM by AP

W&F to shrimpers: please report Asian tiger shrimp

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking shrimpers to report any Asian tiger shrimp they catch off Louisiana.

State officials say they had less than 25 reports in Louisiana waters until last fall - but they've received about 80 reports since the beginning of the 2011 fall inshore shrimp season.

A news release says one fisherman caught 13 over three days in Lake Pontchartrain, and a Dulac shrimp dock has reported fishermen capturing more than 100 after the 2011 fall season opening. Most recently, there have also been incident reports west of Vermilion Bay.

Federal scientists said last month there's been a big jump in reports of the huge shrimp, also called Asian tiger prawns, in the northern Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic Coast.

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