Shrimping Season Opening Early on AL Coast

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DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's Conservation Department has announced that state waters will open to shrimping on May 30 for the brown shrimp season.

The season usually opens the second week in June, but officials said a warm winter resulted in early spawning allowing shrimp to reach the legal size earlier than normal.

The program administrator for the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission, Chris Blankenship, said the early opening is perfect timing because it coincides with the tourist season getting into full swing on Memorial Day weekend.

Brown shrimp is the most plentiful species available on the Alabama coast, with 25 million pounds landed annually.

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