Shrimp industry's sad state

The blessing of the fleet with flags flying from the trawls and priests or bishops asking for a safe and bountiful season make for pretty pictures.

Behind the pomp and circumstance lies an industry in trouble in the bays and bayous, in the Gulf and at the docks.

Shrimp season in Mississippi opens at 6 p.m. Tuesday with the Department of Marine Resources predicting a little better than normal harvest due to the high salinity caused by lack of rain, said Shrimp and Crab Bureau Director Tracy Floyd. The DMR delayed opening because water took a little longer to warm up, but now the shrimp are growing at a good clip.

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