Biloxi, Miss. After a cold winter and heavy spring rains, Mississippi authorities say shrimp just aren't big enough to catch yet.
Officials with the Department of Marine Resources tell WLOX-TV that the cold and overabundance of fresh water has slowed the growth of shrimp.
The state won't open the Mississippi Sound for shrimping until the crustaceans reach a size of 68 per pound. The state measures growth of shrimp by sampling two to three times a week.
The department's Traci Floyd says that although growth has been "a little bit slow" she's confident that Mississippi shrimpers will see a good to average season.
A bacterial disease has been killing shrimp raised in ponds overseas, driving up prices earned by hard-pressed Gulf of Mexico shrimpers.
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