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Fishing for White, Brown, and Pink Shrimp is Open off Georgia in Federal Waters - Effective May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

FB18-033 South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For More Information, Contact: Frank Helies, (727) 824-5305, Frank.Helies@noaa.gov


  • Federal waters adjacent to Georgia state waters are open to fishing for white, brown, and pink shrimp as of 4:15 p.m., local time, May 18, 2018.
  • Georgia state waters remain closed until the state determines an appropriate reopening date.



  • Georgia closed its state waters to all shrimping on January 15, 2018, due to a prolonged period of water temperatures at or below 9°C in the region.
  • Georgia requested NOAA Fisheries to close federal waters off Georgia. The federal closure was effective January 24, 2018.
  • The purpose of the closure was to protect the white shrimp spawning population.
  • Based on warming water temperatures and current projections provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, state fisheries officials determined the threat to overwintering shrimp has passed and requested that NOAA Fisheries open federal waters to trawling.
  • Georgia officials will continue to monitor the white shrimp population for the purposes of determining when it is appropriate to allow shrimp fishing to resume in state waters.

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations.  Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register.


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Other contacts:
Media: Kim Amendola, 727-551-5707
           Allison Garrett, 727-551-5750 


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on March 12, 2019