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Shrimp season begins in Terrebonne Parish

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Dulac, La. - There's a frenzy of activity around David Chauvin's Seafood in Dulac. Boats are headed out, others are coming in, all in the search for shrimp.

"We probably unloaded about 15,000 pounds of shrimp so far since the season opened," says Chauvin.

The first boats hit the water early Monday morning. The season for the Terrebonne Basin opened at 6:00 a.m. and shrimpers from all over came to skim the waters.

Chauvin says Terrebonne Parish produces the largest amount of shrimp by volume in the state, and the populations look good this year. Stephen Marse only came back to the dock to replenish his supplies.

"Shrimp look good," says Marse. "Got a few big ones if you can find them. They look real good. I got in them a while ago but I ran out of fuel and ice so had to start all over."

The Terrebonne Basin and Vermillion Bay areas are the first state waters to open this year. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the dates after studying the brown shrimp population for several weeks.

Chauvin says timing of the season is everything. Open too soon and the shrimp are too small; too late and they move out to the Gulf.

"I think they did a good job this year because the shrimp did not leave out the bays and the fishermen are able to harvest the shrimp before they got the chance to leave," he says.

The brown shrimp season generally runs through June, then the boats head back out in August for white shrimp. Chauvin says many commercial fishermen can make all their money for the year in less than six months.

There's no slowing down during the season though and Derek Celestin knows that well. He grew up shrimping these waters.

"I'm heading back out now," he says. "I ran low on ice, got me a little gas, a little water, a little knick knacks, what I need. Time to go back and get the money."

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