Fall Inshore Shrimp Season to Close in Zone 1 Baton Rouge: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close the fall inshore shrimp season in Shrimp Management Zone 1 at official sunset Jan. 23, 2009 except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line (LA R.S.56:495.1.(A) 2), which will remain open until 6:00 a.m., March 31, 2009.
The fall shrimp season in inside waters was originally scheduled to close on Dec. 16, 2008 but was extended in that portion of Zone 1 north of the south shore of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne and Mississippi Sound due to the presence of significant quantities of marketable size shrimp.
This shrimp season extension will have numbered an additional 38 days and has provided shrimpers with additional economic opportunities without adverse impacts to the shrimp resource. However, current biological data indicate that remaining white shrimp populations in these waters are averaging smaller than the minimum possession limit of 100 count per pound taken or possessed onboard a vessel and the season is being closed to provide these shrimp with opportunity to grow to larger and more valuable sizes.
The opening dates of the spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at its May 7 meeting to be held at LDWF headquarters.
Source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
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