- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The fall recreational shrimping season is getting underway on the South Carolina coast.

Media outlets report the two-month shrimp-baiting season opens at noon Friday. Officials with the state Department of Natural Resources say a good harvest is expected following a good spring shrimping season. The shrimp caught in the fall are the offspring of the spring shrimp.

Recreational shrimpers need a license. It’s only $25 for South Carolina residents but a pricey $500 for those from out of state.

Recreational shrimping has long been a tradition in South Carolina, but it’s not nearly as popular as it once was.

In 1998 more than 17,000 recreational shrimping licenses were sold. That dropped to about 6,200 last year even though the number of registered boats has increased.

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