Jun 21, 2010 10:45 PM by Chris Welty
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Marine
Resources has ordered the immediate reduction of maximum trawling
times for shrimping vessels using skimmer trawls to 30 minutes.
Officials say the tow time reduction from 55 minutes to 30
minutes for skimmer trawls was ordered because of reports of high
numbers of endangered sea turtles in the Mississippi Sound.
The tow time requirement is measured from the time the cod end
of the trawl enters the water until the cod end is removed from the
All other shrimping regulations will remain in full force and
effect, and waters east of the Biloxi Ship Channel remain closed to