Commercial shrimp fishery to re-open off Texas on 15 July
The federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, from 9 to 200 nautical miles off Texas, will open to commercial shrimp trawling 30 minutes after official sunset, local time, on 15 July 2011.
The shrimp fishery is closed annually off Texas to allow brown shrimp to reach a larger and more valuable size prior to harvest, and to prevent waste of brown shrimp that might otherwise be discarded because of their small size.
The opening dates of the Texas closure are based on the results of biological sampling by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. NOAA Fisheries Service opens federal waters off Texas when the state of Texas opens its territorial waters. Texas opens state waters based on projections of when the mean size of brown shrimp leaving the estuaries is 112mm total length, during a period of maximum duration ebb tides. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has projected the criteria to end the Texas closure will be met on 15 July this year.
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