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Ga. extends shrimping off coast, closes rivers

The extension ends Jan. 15 and does not include most creeks and
rivers, which will close to shrimping Wednesday.

Georgia's territorial waters stretch three miles offshore.

Spud Woodward of DNR said the agency decided to extend the
season based on data from biologists monitoring the shrimp
population.

Officials said the partial closure will protect shrimp in local waters through the winter.

By state law, the recreational and commercial food shrimp season
closes Dec. 31 each year unless DNR extends it, as it has done for
30 years.

Shrimping is Georgia's largest seafood industry.


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