The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

June 12, 2013

Alabama shrimp season opens

Associated Press

DAUPHIN ISLAND — Boats catch more than 25 million pounds of shrimp annually in Alabama, making it the state's top seafood crop.

Shrimp season is now open along the Alabama coast, but some waters remain off limits because the cool, wet spring made shrimp grow slower than normal.

Officials said Wednesdayadditional areas would be opened to boats once studies showshrimp have reached maturity.

More than a dozen boats pulled nets Wednesday in the waters off Dauphin Island and in lower Mobile Bay. Brown shrimp season opened Tuesday in some areas that had been closed.

Chris Blankenship of Alabama Marine Resources says additional shrimping areas will open later.