Cold and rains delay start to Miss. shrimp season

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BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — After a cold winter and heavy spring rains, Mississippi authorities say shrimp just aren't big enough to catch yet.

Officials with the Department of Marine Resources tell WLOX-TV that the cold and overabundance of fresh water has slowed the growth of shrimp.

The state won't open the Mississippi Sound for shrimping until the crustaceans reach a size of 68 per pound. The state measures growth of shrimp by sampling two to three times a week.

The department's Traci Floyd says that although growth has been "a little bit slow" she's confident that Mississippi shrimpers will see a good to average season.

A bacterial disease has been killing shrimp raised in ponds overseas, driving up prices earned by hard-pressed Gulf of Mexico shrimpers.

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Information from: WLOX-TV, http://www.wlox.com

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