(WVUE) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2016 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 15 in all state inside waters except for the open waters of Mississippi, Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.
Shrimping season will be closed in inside waters within the Mermentau, Calcasieu and Sabine River basins from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal to the Louisiana/Texas state line.
All state waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line will remain open to shrimp harvesters until further notice.
Biologists say data collected in recent weeks by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries indicate an increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within the waters. The decision to close the waters was made to protect the developing shrimp and to provide opportunity for them to grow to a larger, more marketable size. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet Aug. 4 to consider opening dates for the fall inshore shrimp season.