BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Georgia officials are shutting down shrimp season after a strong year. The Brunswick News reports that between January and November, 228 licensed shrimpers caught 2.3 million pounds of shrimp worth $11.9 million.
That’s a 7.4% increase over the five-year average haul and 14.3% over the five-year average selling price. The season is ending on Friday, a little earlier than last year.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesman Tyler Jones said the December 31 closure is not unusual and will ensure the spring harvest is adequate.