Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2013 spring inshore shrimp season will close in state inside waters from the Atchafalaya River westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line. These waters will close as follows:
•state inside waters from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the River Channel Buoy Line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou will close one-half hour after sunset on Saturday, July 6,
•state inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line will close at 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 9.
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 this area was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.
All remaining state inside and outside waters, except for portions of the Terrebonne Basin will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice, with the exception of those areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Maps of the areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
Louisiana Shrimp Season Closures