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Food shrimp harvest season closes Monday

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BRUNSWICK, GA (WTOC) -

Georgia's food shrimp harvest season will close at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31. 

Food shrimp season automatically closes on Dec. 31 unless it is extended by the commissioner of Natural Resources, according to the Coastal Resources Division.

On that date, all food shrimp harvesting activities, including commercial trawling, commercial and recreational food shrimp cast netting and shrimp seining on the beaches must end, according to the Coastal Resources division.

Anglers and commercial bait shrimp dealers can still harvest shrimp to use as bait.

The trawl survey of the coast showed that marketable-sized food shrimp is below the long-term average, said Jim Page, marine biologist with the Coastal Resources Division, in a statement.

For more information on the closing of the food shrimp season, please call the Coastal Resources Division office at 912.264.7218.

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