Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Season Opens

The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for both state and federal waters opened 30 minutes after sunset Sunday, July 15, 2012. Federal waters (from 9 to 200 nautical miles offshore) opened at the same time that state waters opened. The National Marine Fisheries Service chose to adopt rules compatible with those adopted by Texas.

The opening date is based on an evaluation of the biological, social and economic information to maximize the benefits to the industry and the public. In making its determination, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Coastal Fisheries Division used the best available scientific information including samples collected by using trawls and bag seines in TPWD routine data collection.

The purpose of the closed Gulf season is to protect brown shrimp during their major period of emigration from the bays to the Gulf of Mexico until they reach a larger, more valuable size before harvest and to prevent waste caused by the discarding of smaller individuals.

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One Response to “Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Season Opens”

  1. steve paulson says:

    can anyone tell me the best places to look for deck hand positions on the gulf–any commercial vessel-willing to work–steve

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