Shrimp season to close west of Gulfport Ship Channel; Additional waters south of Intracoastal Waterway remain open

24-19-CWS | April 25, 2024

BILOXI, Miss. – Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) announced today that beginning Wednesday, May 1, 2024, all waters south of the Intracoastal Waterway and west of the Gulfport Ship Channel in Mississippi territorial waters are closed to shrimping.


The annual closure takes effect at 12:01 a.m.


Mississippi territorial waters south of the ICW and east of the Gulfport Ship Channel will remain open to shrimping as provided by law and the regulations of the MDMR.


All rules set forth in regulations of the MDMR are to be in full force and effect and all boats engaged in catching or transporting shrimp in or from the waters of the State of Mississippi must be legally licensed.


For more information, call the MDMR at 228-374-5000 or the Mississippi Shrimp Information Hotline at 866-938-7295.

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