Shrimp Season Set to Open Saturday in Portion of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the shrimp season in the portion of Louisiana offshore territorial waters south of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, from the U.S. Coast Guard navigational light off the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at 29 degrees 03 minutes 10 seconds north latitude and 90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the channel red buoy line, will reopen to shrimping at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 14.
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According to the most recent trawl samples taken by LDWF biologists, small white shrimp which previously occupied portions of state outside waters from December through mid-April have reached marketable sizes and the closure is no longer necessary.
Because significant numbers of juvenile white shrimp remain in state outside waters west of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal, this area will remain closed until further notice.
The opening dates for the 2012 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at the May 3, meeting to be held at LDWF headquarters.