CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Wildlife officials say last winter's cold weather has hurt the white shrimp and spotted sea trout populations off the South Carolina coast.
The Department of Natural Resources said on Wednesday the temperature in coastal waters dropped to 45 degrees or lower for eight straight days during the winter.
That reduced the number of sea trout to below average and killed the majority of white shrimp. Samples during the winter showed that as much as 90 percent of the shrimp were lost.
But that's still not as bad as a decade ago. During the winter of 2000-2001 as much as 95 percent of the white shrimp were killed off by the cold.