Gulfport Shrimpers Say They Are No Longer Welcome

The Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register is reporting that plans for post-Katrina restoration of the coastline call for bigger ships, deeper channels, yacht basins, marina expansions and casino growth.

But shrimpers say they are being left off the list.

Mississippi State Port Authority attorney Ben Stone declined comment through a secretary.

Before the 2005 hurricane, 60 shrimp boats regularly tied up in Gulfport near the Alabama border.

But after Katrina, shrimpers had to anchor at Pass Christian, which is three hours one-way from their fishing ground.

The Alabama Seafood Association estimates that shrimping is a $550 million industry in Mississippi and Alabama.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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