BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today that the 2016 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 3rd from the Mississippi / Louisiana state line westward to the western shore of the Freshwater Bayou canal, except for the following waters:
That portion of the open waters of Mississippi Sound and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds seaward of the double-rig line.
All remaining state inside waters as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line will remain open to shrimping until further notice.
Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these waters was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes. The areas that remain open will continue to be monitored and they will also be closed when smaller white shrimp in those areas make it biologically inappropriate to remain open.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries also reminds shrimpers that there is a possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana of 100 count (whole shrimp per pound).
For more information, contact Jeff Marx at (337) 373-0032.