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Atlantic White shrimp

Shrimping has begun off the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Maryland could be next.

White shrimp are being pulled by the thousands from the water off the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

The water is not usually warm enough for them. But from this year forward, the shrimp are likely here to stay.

White shrimp, which thrive in the Gulf of Mexico and south Atlantic Ocean, typically only venture as far north as North Carolina in any significant numbers. A ghost of a shrimp market has existed off Virginia for only one or two weeks out of the year, but this year, it's something different.

This fall, six watermen have been granted licenses to trawl for much larger quantities of the succulent 4-8 inch shrimp in an experimental fishery, which stretches three miles off the ocean side of Virginia Beach and three miles off the ocean side of the Eastern Shore, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission reports.

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