The shrimping season is underway in South Carolina.
Wildlife officials decided to open the season today because shrimp turned up in the state’s waters earlier than usual this spring.
The Associated Press reports the shrimping season usually begins in mid- to late-May.
Officials with the Department of Natural Resources say they expect a standard shrimping season this year.
Last year, the commercial season didn’t open until late June because cold weather killed shrimp during the winter.
Biologists had been worried that those losses would deplete this year’s crop.