BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Fisherman are getting more than two weeks of extra time to trawl for shrimp off the Georgia coast.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the end of the shrimping season has been pushed back to Jan. 15. The season had been scheduled to close on New Year's Eve next Wednesday. The extension applies to state waters off Georgia's 100-mile coastline.
The state agency says it's customary to allow shrimp trawlers to keep operating past Dec. 31 as long as the weather's not abnormally cold and there are still enough shrimp in the water. Jim Page, a marine biologist with the DNR's Coastal Resources Division, says scientific surveys in December showed the number of shrimp remaining at normal levels.