Shrimp season delayed

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Biologists say this year's crop of Mobile Bay shrimp are too small for most of the bay to be opened for shrimping at this point.

The season usually starts in early June, but will probably not begin until July. The Press-Register says that would mark the latest opening day in recent memory.

While a small portion of south Mobile Bay is open, most of it remains closed, along with the majority of Alabama's portion of the Mississippi Sound.

It also appears there are fewer shrimp this year. Frakie Allbritten of the state Marine Resources Division thinks fresh water that came down the rivers in April may have been a factor because if salinity drops too quickly, it can kill the larvae.