Rules of Shrimping

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Perhaps the most important thing to do before you go shrimping is to make sure you are thoroughly familiar with the rules and regulations for your area. These rules can typically be found online or in yearly publications published by your state’s Division of Natural Resources. Check your local bait and tackle shop for a copy of these regulations.

Every area has different rules and regulations about daily catch limits, equipment specifications, and open/closed season information. It is not uncommon for one state to have completely different rules than its neighboring state. For example, in South Carolina bait may be used to catch shrimp for only a 60-day season, while in North Carolina, it is permissible to use bait for shrimp year-round. However, it is illegal to catch shrimp over bait in Georgia. Shrimp can get very expensive when you violate rules and receive DNR citations that could total well over $200.

All these rules have been carefully formulated for the sustainable management of the fishery industry. Thus, it is the responsibility of every individual to abide by all DNR rules and regulations for the betterment of this industry and the overall aquaculture. Make sure you are knowledgeable of all ordinances and that you are properly licensed for the area you plan to catch shrimp.

For more information on shrimp varieties, preparation, as well as nutritional values check out this link.

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