Fishing

Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council Scheduled to Meet Sept. 13, 2011

Release Date: 09/09/2011

The Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting in the Louisiana Room is as follows:

1.  Roll Call

2.  Approval of Minutes of June 14, 2011

3.  Chairman Welcome and Opening Comments

4.  Enforcement Division Report

5.  Office of Fisheries Report

  • Atchafalaya Basin Fishing Survey
  • Pearl River Spill Update
  • Texas-LA Border Fishing Regulations Agreement
  • Tilapia Update

6.  Office of Wildlife Report

  • Kisatchie National Forest Deer-dog Hunting
  • WMA Expansion: Sites Adding Acreage
  • Limited Access Areas Providing Hunter Options

7.  Set Next Meeting Date

8.  Receive Public Comments

9.  Adjournment

For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

 

Saltwater - Freshwater Line

Saltwater - Freshwater Line

For the purposes of regulating certain fisheries the legislature recognized the historic division of the state into saltwater and freshwater areas based on the variations of flora and fauna found within these two divisions. The legislature further recognized that the exact line of demarcation cannot be precisely located due to constant changes in water salinity caused by winds, tides, and rains. The legislature therefore legally defined the freshwater and saltwater areas by describing a line from the Texas state line, easterly to the Mississippi state line. The areas south of the described line, plus a number of saltwater lakes and waterways, were designated as saltwater areas and all other areas north of the described line were designated as freshwater areas.

Louisiana Saltwater Line Definition

Title 56, Section 322-The Intracoastal waterway from the Texas- Louisiana boundary to its junction with Louisiana Highway 27 at Gibbstown, and then south to Louisiana Highway 82 and then east to its junction with the Intracoastal Waterway at Forked Island, the Intracoastal Waterway from Forked Island to Bayou Barataria to the Harvey Canal, the Harvey Canal to the Mississippi River, the Mississippi River to the Industrial Canal, the Industrial Canal to the Intracoastal Waterway, the Intracoastal Waterway to the Rigolets in Orleans Parish to the Louisville & Nashville Railroad bridge, the Louisville & Nashville Railroad right-of-way from the Orleans Parish line to the Mississippi state line.

The areas south of the above described line, plus the saltwater lakes known as Lake Maurepas, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake St. Catherine, Chef Menteur Pass (except that seven- tenths of a mile section from Bayou Sauvage south to the Intracoastal Waterway), the Rigolets, Unknown Pass, Pass Manchac, Intracoastal, and that portion of the Calcasieu Ship Channel from the Intracoastal Waterway south to the Gulf of Mexico, shall be designated as saltwater areas.

Persons fishing and/or possessing saltwater fish in these areas are required to have in addition to the basic fishing license a saltwater fishing license.

Federal Waters (EEZ)

A very easy way to tell if you are in state or federal waters is to pull up to the nearest platform. If the platform is in state waters it will have a placard with a State Lease Number. If the platform is in federal waters it will be designated with an OCS number. By utilizing a block map you can alsoestimate your position. The platform will be designated with an area and block number. For instance if you see ST-128 X, OCS 00498 you will be in federal waters at South Timbalier 128 platform X.

Saltwater Creel and Size Limits

Common Coastal Species

Species Size Limit Bag and Posession Limit
Cobia (Ling or Lemon Fish)  33” min fork length  2 daily per person 
Drum, Black  16” min total length  5 daily per person - bag and possession
No more than one over 27” max total length 
Drum, Red (Redfish) 1 16” min total length 5 daily per person - bag 2 No more than one over 27” max total length 
Flounder, Southern  none  10 daily per person (for each consecutive day on the water) 
Mackerel, King 24” min fork length  2 daily per person 
Mackerel, Spanish 12” min fork length  15 daily per person 
Mullet, Striped  none  100 lbs. daily 
Seatrout, Spotted (Speckled Trout) 12” min total length  25 daily per person - bag 2; 15 daily per person with no more than two over 25” (in specified areas) 

Highly Migratory Species 5

Marlin, Blue  99” min lower jaw fork length  none
Marlin, White  66” min lower jaw fork length   
Sailfish  63” min lower jaw fork length   
Shark, Atlantic Sharpnose and Bonnethead none  1 daily per person - possession 
Shark, Others (EXCEPT prohibited, silky and sandbar) 54” min fork length  1 in aggregate per vessel per trip - possession. No silky or sandbar sharks or prohibited species. 
Swordfish

29” min carcass length or 33 lbs. min dressed weight 

5 per vessel per trip 
Tuna, Bigeye 27” min curved fork length  none 
Tuna, Bluefin none   
Tuna, Yellowfin 3 daily per person   

Reef Fish3

Grouper, Black and Gag 9, 10, 12 22” min total length  5 daily in aggregateNo more than one speckled hind and one Warsaw grouper per vessel and not more than one red grouper per person included in the bag limit. 3, 9 
Grouper, Red and Yellowfin 9, 10  20” min total length   
Grouper, Scamp 9, 10  16” min total length   
Grouper, Goliath and Nassau  Take Prohibited  Take/Possession prohibited 
Snapper, Red 10, 11  16” min total length  2 daily per person
Snapper, Mutton  16” min total length  10 daily per person in aggregate

Snapper, Queen, Blackfin, Silk and Wenchman 

none   
Snapper, Schoolmaster, Cubera, Gray (mangrove), Yellowtail, Dog and Mahogany 

12” min total length 

 

 
Snapper, Lane  8” min total length  20 daily per person in aggregate 3
Snapper, Vermilion  10” min total length   
Alamo Jack  none   
Gray Triggerfish  14” min fork length   
Tilefish, Goldface, Blackline, Anchorand Blueline Tilefishes  none   
Amberjack, Greater 10 30” min fork length  1 daily per person
Amberjack, Lesser and Banded Rudderfish 

14” min fork length

22” max fork length 

5 daily per person in aggregate 
Hogfish  12” min fork length  5 daily per person 
Seabass, Black  8” min total length  none 

1 Red Drum (Redfish), and Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout): Recreational saltwater anglers may possess a two day’s bag limit on land; however, no person shall be in possession of over the daily bag limit in any one day or while fishing or while on the water, unless that recreational saltwater angler is aboard a trawler engaged in commercial fishing for a consecutive period of longer than 25 hours. Take or Possession of red drum in federal waters is prohibited.

2 Two days’ bag limit allowed in possession off of the water, not while fishing or in a boat.

3 Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issued on behalf of the vessel verifying the length of the trip.

4 Seatrout, Spotted (Speckled Trout): 12” minimum total length. 25 fish per person daily bag limit.
Except: 15 fish daily take and possession limit, with no more than two spotted seatrout exceeding 25” total length, regardless of where taken, in a defined area of Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes in southwestern Louisiana. Within those areas described here, including coastal territorial waters: south of Interstate 10 from its junction at the Texas- Louisiana boundary eastward to its junction with Louisiana Highway 171, south to Highway 14, and then south to Holmwood, and then south on Highway 27 through Gibbstown south to Louisiana Highway 82 at Creole and south on Highway 82 to Oak Grove, and then due south to the western shore of the Mermentau River, following this shoreline south to the junction with the Gulf of Mexico, and then due south to the limit of the state territorial sea, under the authority of the provisions of R. S. 56:325.1(A), the daily take and possession limit shall be 15 fish, regardless of where taken, with no more than two spotted seatrout exceeding 25 inches total length. Those spotted seatrout exceeding 25” in length shall be considered as part of the daily recreational take and possession limit.

5 Highly Migratory Species: All owners/operators of vessels fishing recreationally for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish) in the Atlantic Ocean, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, must obtain an Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) permit. Similar to Atlantic tunas permits, 2010 Atlantic HMS permits will be valid from the date of issuance through December 31, 2010.
Federal regulations currently require a federal HMS angling permit for all owners/operators of recreational vessels fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish) in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Those regulations also require an Atlantic HMS Charter/ Headboat permit for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. For information contact the National Marine Fisheries Service Permitting Office at 1-888-USATUNA (1-888-872-8862) or visit NMFS Permit Shop at: http://www. nmfspermits.com/initialapp.asp. Recreational tournament operators: A person conducting a tournament involving scorekeeping or awards for highly migratory species including Atlantic billfish, swordfish, tuna and sharks (whether or not retained), must register with the NOAA Fisheries Permit Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL, 33701 or by FAX to 727-824- 5398. The registration must be in writing, at least four weeks prior to commencement of tournament fishing. A tournament registration form is available upon request from the above address or can be requested by FAX to 727-824-5398. NOTE: Federal regulations currently require registration of all fishing tournaments involving the catch and/or landing of any HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

6 Sharks: Closed Season: All Louisiana state waters out to the seaward boundary of the Louisiana Territorial Sea shall be closed to the recreational and commercial harvest and possession of all sharks between April 1 and June 30 of each year.
Small Coastal Sharks: Atlantic sharpnose shark; bonnethead shark; blacknose shark; finetooth shark 
Large Coastal Sharks: blacktip shark; nurse shark; smooth hammerhead; bull shark; sandbar shark*; spinner shark; great hammerhead; scalloped hammerhead; tiger shark; lemon shark; silky shark* *Note: Recreational harvest of sandbar and silky sharks (ridgeback sharks) is not allowed.
Pelagic Sharks: blue shark; porbeagle shark; thresher shark; oceanic whitetip shark; shortfin mako
Prohibited Species:
No person shall take, possess, purchase, sell, barter, exchange or attempt to possess, purchase, sell, barter or exchange any of the following species or parts thereof:
Atlantic angel shark; Caribbean sharpnose shark; sand tiger shark; basking shark; dusky shark; sevengill shark; bigeye sand tiger shark; Galapagos shark; sixgill shark; bigeye sixgill shark; largetooth sawfish; smalltail shark; bigeye thresher shark; longfin mako; smalltooth sawfish; bignose shark; narrowtooth shark; whale shark; Caribbean reef shark; night shark; white shark.
Sharks taken under a recreational bag limit shall not be sold, purchased, exchanged, bartered or attempted to be sold, purchased, exchanged or bartered. A person subject to a bag limit shall not possess at any time, regardless of the number of trips or the duration of a trip, any shark in excess of the bag limits mentioned above. The practice of “finning,” that is, removing only the fins and returning the remain-der of the shark to the sea, is prohibited within and without Louisiana waters. Notwithstanding other provisions of this part, a person may fish for, but not retain, white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) with rod and reel only under a catch and release program, provided the person releases and returns such fish to the sea immediately with a minimum of injury.

7 Swordfish: Recreational fishing vessels shall not possess more than five swordfish per vessel per trip. Swordfish taken under a recreational bag limit shall not be sold, purchased, exchanged, bartered, or attempted to be sold, purchased, exchanged or bartered. No person aboard any vessel shall transfer or cause the transfer of swordfish between vessels on state or federal waters.

8 Tuna: Person subject to the jurisdiction of the state, fishing for tunas within or without Louisiana state waters, are subject to both state and federal laws, rules and regulations. Federal regulations on recreational harvest of tunas change often, especially for bluefin tuna. Prior to harvest of tuna, be aware of the most current federal regulations on harvest, including sizes, bag limits and closed seasons. The “Atlantic Tunas Regulations Brochure” is available at http://hmspermits.noaa.gov/library. asp and announcements of changes may be accessed via the web at http:// hmspermits.noaa.gov/news.asp.
All bluefin tuna must be reported within 24 hours of landing to NMFS by calling 888-872-8862 or visiting www.hmspermits.noaa.gov. For further information regarding angling category permits please call the NMFS HMS Division at 888-872- 8862.
Permanent Louisiana regulations on tuna harvest may be superseded by seasonal changes within the federal regulatory system. See websites referenced above for current federal regulations.

9 Grouper: NOTE: A closed season has been established for recreational harvest of gag, black and red grouper, effective Feb. 15 - March 14 of each year in Louisiana state waters. As of the publication date of this pamphlet, modified rules on bag limits were being considered.Other seasons and rules are currently in place in Federal waters off of Louisiana. Please check those rules at http://www.gulfcouncil.org/ under “Fishing Regulations.”

10 No harvest of red snapper, greater amberjack or grouper of any species is allowed for the captain and crew of vessel, under charter (their creel limit is zero).

11 Snapper, Red: A federal recreational quota for red snapper is in effect. The recreational season for harvest of red snapper is scheduled to open June 1.

12 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Closes State Waters to Harvest of Gag Grouper

Freshwater Creel and Size Limits

Species Size Limit Bag and Posession Limit
Bass, Black (Largemouth, spotted)*  no size limits EXCEPT as follows  10 daily, of any size EXCEPT as follows: 
  Toledo Bend Reservoir  largemouth - 14” min total length spotted* - no size limit  8 daily in aggregate 
  Eagle Lake  16” min total length  10 daily 
  Caddo Lake (Caddo Parish)  14” to 18” protected slot limit***  8 daily No more than four over 18” total length 
  Poverty Point Reservoir  15” to 19” protected slot limit***  8 daily No more than one over 19” total length 
Caney Creek Lake ( Jackson Parish)  15” to 19” protected slot limit***  8 daily No more than two over 19” total length 
  False River (Pointe Coupee Parish)  14” min total length  5 daily 
  Spanish Lake (St. Martin and Iberia par-ishes)  16” to 21” protected slot limit***  8 daily No more than two over 21” total length 
  Black Bayou (Bossier), Chicot Lake (Evangeline), Cross Lake (Caddo), Lake Rodemacher (Rapides), John K. Kelly-Grand Bayou Reservoir (Red River) and Vernon Lake (Vernon)  14” to 17” protected slot limit***  8 daily No more than four over 17” total length 
Bass, Striped or Hybrid Striped (or any combination thereof)  n/a  5 daily No more than two over 30” total length 
Bass, White  none  50 daily, EXCEPT 25 at Toledo Bend 
Bass, Yellow  none  50 daily, EXCEPT no limit at Toledo Bend 
Bowfin (Choupique)  16” min total length  No limit 
Buffalo Fish (or their hybrids)  16” min total length  25 per day 
Catfish, Blue  12” min total length  See Catfish Possession Limit section for more information 
Catfish, Channel  11” min total length   
Catfish, Flathead  14” min total length   
Crappie  none  50 daily, EXCEPT 25 at Poverty Point 
Crawfish  none  150 pounds daily 
Freshwater Drum (Gaspergou)  12” min total length  25 per day 
Frogs and Turtles  none  See Reptiles and Amphibians section 
Paddlefish  30” max lower jaw fork length  Two per person (see Paddlefish Possession Limits section for specific rules) 
Shad  none  50 pounds daily 
Sturgeon  n/a  No legal harvest or possession 
Other Freshwater Game Fish  none  No limit 
*NOTE: For enforcement purposes, a spotted bass is defined as a black bass with a tooth patch on the tongue. **See official 2009 Louisiana Fishing Regulations Pamphlet for area descriptions. ***Fish falling within a protected slot limit must be immediately released.     

 

Inside/Outside Shrimp Line

The inside/outside shrimp line is described in state statute and divides Louisiana inshore waters from offshore waters for purposes of managing shrimp seasons.  The inside outside shrimp line begins at the Texas/Louisiana border at Sabine Pass and terminates at the Louisiana/Mississippi state line north of the Chandeleur Islands.

The following description of the inside outside shrimp line is taken from LA R.S. 56:495(A)

§495.  Defining inside and outside waters

A.  Solely for the purpose of this Subpart, the shrimping waters of the state are divided into two classes, inside and outside waters.  The line of demarcation of the classes of water shall commence at the coastal boundary between Texas and Louisiana and terminate at the coastal boundary between Mississippi and Louisiana and is more particularly described as follows, to wit:

(1)  Beginning at a point on the state line between Texas and Louisiana from "Texas Point", approx. lat. 29°41'00" N. and long. 93°50'15" W.

(2)  Thence approx. N. 23°16' E., approx. 4000' to the southeast point of land of the Sabine Pass (Louisiana Point), lat. 29°41'42" N. long. 93°50'03" W.

(3)  Thence in an easterly direction along the shoreline to the southwest point of land of Calcasieu Pass, approx. lat. 29°45'33" N. long. 93°20'45" W.

(4)  Thence N. 45°12' E. for approximately 1500' to the southeast point of land of Calcasieu Pass, lat. 29°45'48" N. long. 93°20'30" W.

(5)  Thence easterly along shore to the most southwesterly point of land, lat. 29°45'30" N. long. 93°07'30" W. at the mouth of the Mermentau River.

(6)  Thence S. 78°15' E. for approx. 4000' to a point of land at lat. 29°45'21" N. long. 93°06'15" W. on the southeast side of the mouth of the Mermentau River.

(7)  Thence along the shore to a point of land on the southwest side of Southwest Pass, lat. 29°35'15" N. long. 92°02'32" W.

(8)  Thence S. 65°45' E. to Lighthouse Point on the southeast side of Southwest Pass and the most westerly point of Marsh Island, lat. 29°34'39" N., long. 92°02'06" W.

(9)  Thence along south shoreline to a point of land on the southeast side of Marsh Island known as South Point, lat. 29°29'15" N. long. 91°45'48" W.

(10)  Thence S. 74° 10' E. for approximately 52,786' to a platform at lat. 29°26'54" N. long. 91°36'13" W.

(11)  Thence S. 68°19" E. for approximately 57,515' to Eugene Island lat. 29°22'20" N. long. 91°23'03" W.

(12)  Thence S. 35°05' E. for approx. 16,000' to the most westerly point of land on Pointe Au Fer Island, known as Pointe Au Fer, approx. lat. 29°19'59" N. long. 91°21'09" W.

(13)  Thence along the south shoreline to a point of land on the southwest side of the mouth of Oyster Bayou, lat. 29°13'12'' N. long.  91°07'53" W.

(14)  Thence E. for approx. 1,000' to the point on the southeast shore of Oyster Bayou, lat. 29°13'12" N. long. 91° 07'48" W.

(15)  Thence along the south shore to a most southeasterly point of land on the west side of Bayou DeWest, lat. 29°11'01" N. long. 91°03'41" W.

(16)  Thence N. 80°  E. for approx. 7,427' to the most southerly point of land on Pelican Island, lat. 29°11'13" N. long. 91°02'19" W.

(17)  Thence S. 81°  E. for approx. 3,122' to the most southerly point of an island between Pelican Pass and Taylors Bayou, lat.  29°11'09" N. long. 91°01'44" W.

(18)  Thence S. 45°  E. for approximately 3,707' to a point of land on the southeast side of the mouth of Taylors Bayou, lat. 29°10'43" N. long. 91°01'14" W.

(19)  Thence S. 68° E. for approx. 3,286' to the most southeasterly point of land at the mouth of Jack Stout Bayou, lat. 29°10'31" N. long. 91°00'39" W.

(20)  Thence along the south shoreline to a pipeline sign on the most easterly point of land on the west side of the mouth of Grand Bayou du Large, lat. 29°11'01" N. long. 90°57'49" W.

(21)  Thence N. 80°07' E. for approximately 3,510' to a point at the mouth of Fish Bayou, lat. 29°10'55" N. long. 90°57'10" W.

(22)  Thence in a southeast direction along the shoreline to the southeasterly most point on the west shore of Bayou Grand Caillou lat. 29°10'27" N. long. 90°56'39" W.

(23)  Thence S. 64°50' E. approximately 2,387' to the easterly side of Bayou Grand Caillou lat. 29°10'16" N. long. 90°56'14" W.

(24)  Thence in a southeast direction along the northeast shore of Caillou Bay to a most westerly point of land on the north side of Grand Pas Des Ilettes, lat. 29°07'02" N. long. 90°52'50" W.

(25)  Thence S. 36° E., for approx. 3,000' to the most westerly point of land on the south side of Grand Pas Des Ilettes, lat. 29°06'30" N. long. 90°52'43" W.

(26)  Thence in a southeast direction along the northeast shore of Caillou Bay to the most westerly point on the north shore of Pass Wilson, lat. 29°04'60" N. long. 90°51'12" W.

(27)  Thence in a southeasterly direction to the most westerly point on the south shore of Pass Wilson lat. 29°04'29" N., long. 90°51'08" W.

(27.1)  Thence, along the shore to the most southeasterly point of land on the west side of a pass between Pelican Lake and Bay Round lat. 29°03'57" N. long. 90°50'07" W.

(28)  Thence in a southeasterly direction to the U.S. Coast Guard navigational light off the northwest shore of Caillou Boca, lat. 29° 03'10" N., long. 90° 50' 27" W.

(29)  Thence south, southeast along the west, southwest coast of the island to 29°02'41" N. long. 90°50'19" W.

(30)  Thence along the south shore of the Isles Dernieres to the most easterly point on the west side of Whiskey Pass lat. 29°03'16" N. long. 90°48'03" W.

(31)  Thence S. 74° E. approximately 11,258' to the most westerly point of land on the east side of Whiskey Pass, lat. 29°02'44" N. long. 90°46'01" W.

(32)  Thence in an easterly direction along the south shore of Isles Dernieres to a tank battery on the east end of the Isles at Wine Island Pass, lat. 29° 04' 19" N., long. 90° 38' 29" W.

(32)(a)  Thence in a northeasterly direction to the most easterly point of the Wine Island rock jetties, lat. 29° 05'38" N. long. 90° 36'30" N.

(33)  Thence in a southeasterly direction to the tank battery on the west end of Timbalier Island lat. 29° 05' 26" N., long. 90° 32' 16" W.

(34)  Thence eastward along the south shore to a point of land on the northeast part of Timbalier Island on the west side of Little Pass Timbalier lat. 29°03'42" N., long. 90°25'48" W.

(35)  Thence N. 83°52' E. approximately 4.2 miles to the southwest point of land on East Timbalier Island lat. 29°03'42" N., long. 90°20'24" W.

(36)  Thence easterly along the south shoreline to a point of land most southwest at the mouth of Belle Pass, lat. 29°05'10" N. long. 90°13'36" W.

(37)  Thence to the east side at a point of land most southerly at the mouth of Belle Pass, lat. 29°05'07" N. long. 90°13'30" W.

(38)  Thence easterly along the south shoreline to a point of land on the southwestern side of Caminada Pass, lat. 29 degrees 11 minutes 24.540 seconds N. long. 90 degrees 02 minutes 46.597 seconds W.

(39)  Thence northwesterly along the southwestern shoreline of Caminada Pass to a point of land, lat. 29 degrees 12 minutes 03.720 seconds N. long. 90 degrees 03 minutes 20.237 seconds W.

(40)  Thence North 11 degrees 01 minutes 28 seconds East a distance of 1174 feet to a point on the northwesterly shoreline of Caminada Pass, lat. 29 degrees 12 minutes 15.123 seconds N. long. 90 degrees 03 minutes 17.705 seconds W.

(41)  Thence northeasterly along the northwesterly shoreline of Caminada Pass to the intersection of an underground power line as marked by two platforms in Caminada Pass, lat. 29 degrees 12 minutes 24.916 seconds N. long. 90 degrees 03 minutes 09.891 seconds W.

(42)  Thence South 68 degrees 39 minutes 51 seconds East along the underground power line as marked by two platforms in Caminada Pass, a distance of 3701 feet to the northwesterly shoreline of Grand Isle, lat. 29 degrees 12 minutes 11.583 seconds N. 90 degrees 02 minutes 30.991 seconds W.

(43)  Thence southwesterly along the northwesterly shoreline of Grand Isle to a point of land, lat. 29 degrees 11 minutes 55.443 seconds N. long. 90 degrees 02 minutes 25.426 seconds W.

(44)  Thence along the south shoreline to the most easterly point of Grand Isle at Barataria Pass, lat. 29° 16' N. long. 89° 57' 15" W.

(45)  Thence N. 5° 10' E. for 2,135' to the Sea Buoy (green blinking light on turning buoy)  at lat. 29° 16' 21" N. long 89° 57' 13" E.

(46)  Thence N. 87° 03' 22" E. for 2,570' to Fort Livingston ruins lat. 29° 16' 22" N. long. 89° 56' 44" W.

(46.1)  Thence easterly along the south shoreline of Grand Terre Island to a point of land most easterly on the west side of Pass Able at N 29° 17' 49.2" W 89° 54' 28.2".

(46.2)  Thence easterly at approximately 60° for 1.29 miles across to the eastern side of the pass to a point at N29° 18' 28.8" W 89° 53' 25.8".

(47)  Thence along the shoreline for approximately 1.45 miles to the easterly most point of land on the west side of Quartre Bayou Pass at N 29° 18' 44.6" W 89° 51' 32".

(47.1)  Thence northeasterly at 67° for approximately .93 miles across Quartre Bayou Pass to the western point of land on the east side of Quartre Bayou Pass at N 29° 19' 5.2" W 89° 50' 32.5".

(47.2)  Thence along the southern shoreline for .33 miles to a point on the western side of a wash out below Bay Long at N 29° 19" 4.8" W 89° 50' 9.9".

(48)  Thence easterly at 90° for approximately .79 miles across to the eastern side of the wash out at N 29° 19' 3.3" W 89° 49' 15.8".

(48.1)  Thence for 1.90 miles along the southern shoreline to the most easterly point of land on the west side of an opening known as Shell Cut at N 29° 18' 56.8" W 89° 47' 5.6".

(48.2)  Thence across to the western most point on the eastern side of Shell Cut at N 29° 18' 56.8" W 89° 47' 5.6".

(49)  Thence for approximately 2.54 miles along the southern shoreline to the eastern most point of land on the western side of Chaland Pass at N 29° 18' 29.2" W 89° 44' 8.4".

(50)  Thence east to the most westerly point of land on the east side of the mouth of Chaland Pass at N 29° 18' 31" W 89° 44' 6.3".

(51)  Thence along the south shore for approximately 2.86 miles to the easterly point of land on the west side of Grand Bayou Pass at N 29° 17' 40.8" W 89° 40' 58.8".

(51.1)  Thence across the pass to the westerly most point of land on the east side of Grand Bayou Pass at N 29° 17' 40.3" W 89° 40' 57.4".

(52)  Thence along the south shoreline for approximately 1.22 miles to a point of land on the west side of the wash out below Shell Island Bay at N 29° 17' 21.7" W 89° 39' 37.1".

(52.1)  Thence easterly at 113° for approximately 1.74 miles across to the east side of the washout below Shell Island Bay at N 29° 16' 39.3" W 89° 37' 47.5".

(52.2)  Thence along the shoreline for approximately 1.56 miles to a point of land on the western side of Empire Canal at N 29° 15' 43.5" W 89° 37' 47.5".

(52.3)  Thence southeasterly across the Empire Channel at 127° for approximately .21 miles to a point of land on the eastern side of the Empire Canal at N 29° 15' 29.8" W 89° 36' 19.9".

(52.4)  Thence south along the eastern side of the Empire Canal for approximately .32 miles to a point of land at N 29° 15' 12.3" W 89° 36' 24.7".

(53)  Thence easterly along the south shoreline of Pelican Island for approximately 2.21 miles to the eastern most point of land on the west side of the mouth of Scofield Bayou at N 29° 14' 47.1" W 89° 33' 54.5".

(54)  Thence across the mouth of Scofield Bayou for approximately .17 miles to a point on the eastern side at N 29° 14' 55.3" W 89°33'51.3".

(54.1)  Thence along the shoreline for 2.46 miles to a point of land on the west side of a washout below Bay Coquette at N 29° 13' 57.9" W 89° 30' 59.0".

(54.2)  Thence eastward at 116° for .69 miles across the washout to a point of land below Bay Coquette at N 29° 13' 38.6" W 89° 30' 16.8".

(55)  Thence along the south shoreline for .22 miles to the easterly point of land on the west side of the mouth of Sandy Point Bay at N 29° 13' 39.4" W 89° 30' 1.5".

(55.1)  Thence at 126° for .86 miles across the mouth of Sandy Point Bay to a point of land on the west side of Sandy Point Island at N 29° 13' 7.9" W 89° 29' 14.6".

(55.2)  Thence along the south shoreline for .30 miles to a point on the eastern side of Sandy Point Island at N 29° 13' 1.9" W 89° 28' 55.5".

(56)  Thence for .51 miles to a point of land on the east side of Sandy Point Bay at N 29° 12' 52.4" W 89° 28' 22.2".

(56.1)  Thence easterly across a canal to a point of land at N 29° 12' 51.2" W 89° 28' 19.6".

(56.2)  Thence southerly across the opening of a canal to a  point of land at N 29° 12' 46.6" W 89° 28' 11.4".

(56.3)  Thence along the shore to a point of land on the north side of Red Pass at N 29° 12' 39.4" W 89° 28' 11.4".

(56.4)  Thence across to the south side of Red Pass at N 29° 12' 35.7" W 89° 28' 13.4".

(56.5)  Thence southeasterly along the shore for approximately 2.05 miles to the west side of a washout at N 29° 10' 55.2" W 89° 26' 53.5".

(56.6)  Thence at 152° for 1.08 miles across to the east side of a washout at a point of land at N 29° 09' 58.1" W 89° 26' 20.4".

(57)  Thence approximately 1.69 miles at 152° to the red buoy #10 on the east side of Tiger Pass at N 29° 8' 27" W 89° 25' 28".

(58)  Thence southeasterly at 128° for 2.11 miles to a point of land at N 29° 7' 8" W 89° 23' 35".

(59)  Thence at 75° for approximately 1.15 miles to the radio tower at N 29° 7' 25" W 89° 23' 19".

(60)  Thence 139° for approximately 2.53 miles to a manifold platform on the east side of Grand Pass at N 29° 5' 28" W 89° 20' 26".

(61)  Thence S. 74'06" E. approximately 4,170' to a point of land on the east side of the mouth of Grand Pass, lat. 29° 04'30" N. long. 89° 21'09" W.

(62)  Thence 183° for 2.02 miles to a point of land west of Double Bayou at N 29° 3' 27" W 89° 20' 38".

(63)  Thence along the east shoreline of West Bay to a most southerly point of land on the west side of the mouth of Southwest Pass, lat. 28° 55'50" N., long. 89° 25'00" W.

(64)  Thence southeast to the most southerly point of land on the east side of the mouth of Southwest Pass, lat. 28° 55'30" N., long. 89° 24'42" W.

(65)  Thence northeast along the west shore of East Bay to the mouth of Joseph Bayou, lat. 29° 03'36" N., long. 89° 15'37" W.

(66)  Thence due east for approx. 14,000' to a point of land lat. 29° 03'36" N., long. 89° 12' 51" W.

(67)  Thence south along the east shoreline of East Bay to a most southerly point of land on the west side of South Pass, lat. 28° 59' N., long. 89° 08'42" W.

(68)  Thence northwest along the west shore of Garden Island Bay to a most southerly point of land on the west side of Cadro Pass, lat. 29° 03'36" N., long. 89° 09'42" W.

(69)  Thence N. 78° 59" E. for approximately 3,500' to a point of land on the west side of the mouth of Dennis Pass, lat. 29° 02'42" N. long. 89° 09'03" W.

(70)  Thence N. 47° 17' E. for approximately 14,600' to the most easterly point of land on Lookout Island, lat. 29° 04'18" N., long. 89° 07' W.

(71)  Thence S. 71° 38' E. approx. 9,000' to the most southerly point of land on the southwest side of Southeast Pass, lat. 29° 04'06" N., long. 89° 03'45" W.

(72)  Thence N. 20° 45' E. to the most easterly point on the north side of Northeast Pass, lat. 29° 08'15" N., long. 89° 01'37" W.

(73)  Thence north 37° 20' E. for approx. 4,000' to the most easterly point of land on Thomasin Lumps, lat. 29° 10' N., long. 89° 00'20" W.

(74)  Thence N. 20° 20' W. for approx. 6,000' to the most easterly point of the north side of the mouth of North Pass, lat. 29° 13' N., long. 89° 01'18" W.

(75)  Thence in a southwesterly direction to the most northerly point on the east shore of Thomasin Bayou, lat. 29° 13'05" N., long. 89° 03'11" W.

(76)  Thence S. 70° W., for approx. 7,700' to the most northerly point on the E. shore of Meyers Bayou, lat. 29° 12'30" N., long. 89° 04'30" W.

(77)  Thence in a southerly direction to a point in the most southeasterly portion of Customhouse Bay, lat. 29° 11'39" N., long. 89° 04' W.

(78)  Thence in a southwesterly direction along the south shore of Customhouse Bay to U.S.C. & G.S. Station Lout 1955, lat. 29° 11'19" N., long. 89° 05'19" W.

(79)  Thence in a northerly direction along the west shore of Customhouse Bay to the most northerly point on the East shore of Willies Bayou, lat. 29° 12'09" N., long. 89° 05'32" W.

(80)  Thence in a northwesterly direction along the shore to the most northerly point on the east shore of Tommy Dantz Bayou, lat. 29° 12'24" N., long. 89° 06'33" W.

(81)  Thence N. 50° 30' W. for approx. 2,500' to the most easterly point on the north shore of Hingle Pass, lat. 29° 12'48" N., long. 89° 06'48" W.

(82)  Thence in a northerly direction to the most northerly point on the east shore of Raphael Pass, lat. 29° 13'06" N., long. 89° 07' W.

(83)  Thence N. 45° W. for approx. 4,800' to the most easterly point on the south shore of Twenty-Seven Pass, lat. 29° 14' N., long. 89° 07'32" W.

(84)  Thence in a northerly direction to the most easterly point on the south shore of Dead Women Pass, lat. 29° 15' N., long. 89° 07'21" W.

(85)  Thence N. 18° 30' W. for approx. 2,200' to the most northerly point on the north shore of Dead Women Pass, lat. 29° 15'38" N., long. 89° 07'03" W.

(86)  Thence N. 59° 30' W. for approx. 7,000' to Harris (BSE) Station, lat. 29° 16'28" N., long. 89° 08'05" W.

(87)  Thence in a northerly direction along the shore to the most northerly point on the east shore of Contrariete Pass, lat. 29° 16'45" N., long. 89° 08'06" W.

(88)  Thence in a northwesterly direction along the shore to the most northerly point on the east shore of Bienvenue Pass, lat. 29° 17'12" N., long. 89° 08'15" W.

(89)  Thence in a westerly direction along shore to Octave (BSE)  Station, lat. 29° 17'27" N., long. 89° 09'15" W.

(90)  Thence in a northerly direction along shore to the most northerly point of the east shore of the east fork of Gaspar Bayou, lat. 29° 17'45" N., long. 89° 09'18" W.

(91)  Thence in a northwesterly direction along the shore to the most northerly point on the east shore of the west fork of Gaspar Bayou, lat. 29° 18'00" N., long. 89° 09'39" W.

(92)  Thence N. 46° W., approx. 5,000' to the most easterly point on the north side of Delta Pass, lat. 29° 18'48" N., long. 89° 10'06" W.

(93)  Thence N. 36° 30' W., approx. 14,000' to the most northerly point on the east side of Main Pass, lat. 29° 20'48" N., long. 89° 11'21" W.

(94)  Thence N. 70° W., approx. 4,000' to the most northerly point on the west shore of Main Pass, lat. 29° 21'09" N., long. 89° 12'06" W.

(95)  Thence in a southwesterly direction along the shore to the most northerly point on the east shore of Octave Pass, lat. 29° 19'51" N., long. 89° 12'53" W.

(96)  Thence in a southwesterly direction along the shore to the most westerly point of the north shore of Battery Bayou, lat. 29° 18'18" N., long. 89° 13'45" W.

(97)  Thence in a west, northwest direction along the shore to the most northerly point on the west shore of Spoonbill Bend which is also the most northerly point on the east shore of East Fork Pass, lat. 29° 18'39" N., long. 89° 14'32" W.

(98)  Thence in a northwesterly direction along shore to the most northerly point on the east shore of Emeline Pass, lat. 29° 20'54" N., long. 89° 16'03" W.

(99)  Thence N. 81° 33' W. for approximately 3,680' to the most northerly point on the west shore of Kimbel Pass, lat. 29° 21' N. long. 89° 16'44" W.

(99.1)  Thence from Kimble Pass for approximately 1.32 miles to a lighted buoy #18 of Baptiste Collete at N 29° 21' 35.6" W 89° 18' 9.0".

(100)  Thence from #18 buoy at 305° for 1.91 miles to the south side of Taylor Pass at N 29° 22' 43.3" W 89° 19' 54.7".

(101)  Thence N. 47° E., for approx. 47,000' to the most westerly point of land of Breton Island, lat. 29° 27'45" N., long. 89° 12'54" W.

(102)  Thence along the southeast shoreline to the most northeasterly point of land, lat. 29° 28'03" N., long. 89° 11'12" W.

(103)  Thence N. 58° 05' E. for approx. 9,000' to the most westerly point of land of Gosier Island, lat. 29° 31'12" N., long. 89° 05'45" W.

(104)  Thence along the east shore to the most northerly point of land of Gosier Island, lat. 29° 33'42" N., long. 89° 02'45" W.

(105)  Thence N. 43° 30' E. for approx. 13,000' to the most easterly point of land of Curlew Islands, lat. 29° 37'54" N., long. 88° 58'48" W.

(106)  Thence N. 37° 30' E. for approximately 56,700' to a point of land on the southeast side of Chandeleur Islands lat. 29° 45'12" N., long. 88° 52'06" W.

(107)  Thence northerly along the east shoreline of the Chandeleur Islands, going north to the Chandeleur light, lat. 30 degrees 02'52" N., long. 88 degrees 52'18" W., terminating at the Mississippi boundary.

LDWF Reminds Residents to Report Tropical Storm Lee-Related Fish Kills

Release Date: 09/03/2011

Sept. 3, 2011 - Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) are reminding residents in areas that may be impacted by Tropical Storm Lee that fish kills may occur as a result of the storm. Residents who encounter a fish kill are encouraged to call 1-800-442-2511 immediately to report this fish kill. 

Large amounts of rainfall across Southern Louisiana may cause fish kills, particularly in the Lake Verret Complex, Lake Fausse Point or other natural waterbodies surrounded by lands converted from forests to agricultural land. High levels of rainfall may erode organic matter, carrying it into bayous and canals connected to lakes. Organic matter may consume high amounts of dissolved oxygen in the water "suffocating" aquatic life.

Fish kills may also be caused by the rapid mixing of stratified waters or layers of warm oxygenated water over cooler anoxic water. In some instances, the result will be that the water can no longer support underwater life.

In the past, tropical storms have caused fish kills in these types of waterbodies. Localized fish kills may also occur in the Atchafalaya Basin. 

The Louisiana 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.

For press inquiries contact Olivia Watkins at 225-610-8660 or owatkins@wlf.la.gov.

 

Crab Seasons

The crab fishery stays open throughout the year in Louisiana waters.

Saltwater Finfish Seasons

All recreational anglers possessing or landing the following species or species groups: tunas, billfish, swordfish, snappers, amberjacks, groupers, hinds, cobia, wahoo, and dolphin must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit, except those anglers on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit.  A Permit, available at no cost, as well as more information can be obtained at www.wlf.la.gov/rolp.

Black grouper, red grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, rock hind, red hind and scamp have an annual closed season from February 1 through March 31, seaward of 20 fathoms. 

*NOTE IMPORTANT CHANGES TO RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER*

Recreational Red Snapper – Currently Open.

  • Currently open in state waters and closed in federal waters.
  • State waters only season is open daily.
  • Daily bag limit in state waters during the state waters red snapper season is 2 fish per person at a 16 inch minimum length.
  • As our department continues to fight the battle for regional management of our fisheries, regulations may have the potential to change throughout the season.  We urge anglers to visit this webpage or our online fishing regulations pamphlet prior to your trip to ensure you are compliant.

Recreational Gag Grouper Season – Currently Closed

  • Season scheduled to open from July 1 through December 31
  • Bag limit changed to 2 fish per person per day
  • Get more information here.

Recreational Greater Amberjack – Currently Open

  • Annual closed season from June 1 – July 31
  • Season re-opens August 1
  • Limits managed through a federal quota
  • Get more information here.

Recreational Gray Triggerfish – Currently Open

  •     Open as of January 1, 2014
  •     Recreational bag and possession limit is 2 gray triggerfish.
  •     Closed season from June 1 through July 31.
  •     Limits managed through a federal quota
  •     Get more information here.

Recreational Bluefin Tuna- Closed

  • There is no directed or targeted recreational fishing for bluefin tuna allowed in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • One bluefin tuna over 73 inches curved fork length, caught incidentally, may be kept per vessel per year during open seasons.
  • Seasons subject to close at any time, get more information at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms .
  • Federal HMS Angling Permit and Louisiana Recreational Offshore Landing Permit needed.
  • Incidental Trophy Season closes at 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 and is scheduled to re-open January 1, 2015.

Commercial Greater Amberjack –Currently Open

  • Annual closed season from March 1 – May 31
  • 2,000 pound trip limit
  • Limits managed through a federal quota
  • Get more information here.

Commercial Large Coastal Sharks – Open.

  • Season opened January 1, 2014
  • Annual closed season from April 1 – June 30
  • State and Federal Daily trip limit – 36 Large Coastal Sharks
  • Harvest is regulated by a federally established quota
  • State Shark Permit required to commercially harvest shark; Federal Permit required when fishing in Federal waters
  • Large Coastal Sharks are : great hammerhead shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, smooth hammerhead shark, nurse shark, blacktip shark, bull shark, lemon shark, sandbar shark*, silky shark, spinner shark, and tiger shark.
  • *Sandbar shark may only be harvested with a special Federal Research Permit
  • Get more information here.

Commercial Small Coastal Sharks – Currently Open

  • Season Open
  • Season will close when quota is harvested or projected to be harvested
  • Annual closed season from April 1 – June 30
  • Harvest is regulated by federally established quota
  • Small Coastal Sharks are : Atlantic sharpnose shark, bonnethead shark, blacknose shark, and finetooth shark
  • Get more information here.

Commercial Gray Triggerfish – Currently Open

  • Closed season from June 1 through July 31
  • Commercial trip limit of 12 gray triggerfish.
  • Reopens August 1
  • Limits managed through a federal quota
  • Get more information here.

Get creel and size limits before you hit the water here.

Oyster Seasons

Updated, October 22, 2013 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2013/2014 oyster seasons at its August meeting based on the annual oyster stock assessment provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments received from members of the public, including the oyster industry.

The following opening dates were set for the upcoming oyster season:

  • Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - the Little Lake, Barataria Bay, Deep Lake, Lake Tambour, and Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds will open at one-half hour before sunrise.
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - all remaining public oyster seed grounds and reservations, including Lake Borgne, Sister Lake, Lake Mechant, the Lake Machias/Fortuna sacking-only area and the Bay Long sacking-only area, will open at one-half hour before sunrise. 
  • Friday, November 1, 2013 - the oyster season in the west cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (DHH Harvest Area 30) will open at one-half hour before sunrise.  The sack limit during this time period is set at 10 sacks per person, per vessel, per day.

The following areas will remain closed for the 2013/2014 oyster season:

  • Bay Gardene Public Oyster Seed Reservation
  • Bay Junop Public Oyster Seed Reservation
  • Lake Chien and Lake Felicity Public Oyster Seed Grounds
  • 2011 clutch plants in Mississippi Sound and California Bay,
  • 2012 cultch plants in Hackberry Bay, Sister Lake, Lake Fortuna, and Bay Crab
  • 2013 cultch plants in 3-Mile Pass and Drum Bay,
  • The east side of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (LDHH Harvest Area 29)
  • Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area

CLOSURES

Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation - Friday, October 20 - at one-half hour after sunset

Sister Lake – Friday, October 25 – at one-half hour after sunset

Closure dates will be determined by LDWF Secretary Barham on an “as needed” basis, based on biological and harvest data, or if enforcement issues are encountered.  The Secretary is also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended, and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.

Shrimp Seasons

Shrimp Seasons

 

 

Shrimp Season In Portion Of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters To Open April 29

April 23, 2014 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the shrimp season in the portion of state outside waters extending a distance of three nautical miles, seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, from the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at -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 Tuesday, April 29.  This area lies seaward of Terrebonne parish.

According to the most recent trawl samples taken by LDWF biologists, small white shrimp which previously occupied these waters since December have reached marketable sizes and the closure is no longer necessary.

Because significant numbers of juvenile white shrimp remain in state outside waters seaward a distance of three nautical miles westward from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal, these waters will remain closed until further notice.  Except for these waters, all remaining state outside waters will be open to shrimping.

The opening dates for the 2014 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at the May 1, meeting.

Click here for a map detailing this opening

For more information please contact Martin Bourgeois at mbourgeios@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-2401 or Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov.

Shrimp Season To Close in Additional State Waters

(Jan. 9, 2014)– Today, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced a shrimping closure in a portion of state inside waters east of the Mississippi River and in outside waters off of western Terrebonne Parish effective Monday, January 13, 2014 at official sunset.

Specifically, those waters that will close to shrimping include:

  • The portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line southward to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double rig line in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.
  • State outside waters extending a distance of 3 nautical miles seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude westward to the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line

The following state waters will remain open to shrimping until further notice:

  • The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line
  • All state outside waters east of the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude as well as all state outside waters west of the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude
  • All fishery jurisdiction waters claimed by the state beyond the three nautical mile closure zone.

Regulations state that the possession count on saltwater, white shrimp shall average no more than 100 (whole shrimp) count per pound, with the exception of October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no minimum count size.   

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission provided LDWF Secretary Robert Barham with authority to close shrimping in both state inside and outside waters when biological and technical data indicate the need. Data collected from the most current biological samples conducted by the Department indicate that average white shrimp size within these outside waters to be closed is smaller than the minimum possession count. Additionally, water temperatures reached 4 degrees Celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit) following the passage of the most recent cold front, leaving little expectations of additional shrimp growth in the immediate future. This action is being taken to protect these small white shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more valuable sizes.

For a map detailing today’s actions click here.

Louisiana continues to lead the country in shrimp landings.  In 2012, approximately 5,566 licensed Louisiana commercial shrimpers landed 100.3 million pounds of shrimp (all species combined/heads-on weight) that had a dockside value of $145 million. 

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois (985) 594-4130 mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4162.

 

Shrimp Season To Close in Portions of State Inside and Outside Waters

(Dec. 13, 2013) Today, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced a closure of the fall shrimp season in state inside waters west of the Mississippi River and in a portion of state outside waters effective Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at official sunset.

Specifically, those waters that will close to shrimping include:

  • The portion of state inside waters from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line
  • The portion of state outside waters extending a distance of 3 nautical miles seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude

The following state waters will remain open to shrimping until further notice:

  • The portion of state inside waters east of the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River eastward to the Louisiana/Mississippi state line.
  • All state outside waters east of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line as well as all state outside waters west of the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal.
  • All fishery jurisdiction waters claimed by the state beyond the three nautical mile closure zone.

Existing data does not currently support shrimping closures in additional state inside and outside waters. However, historic data suggest additional closures may be needed in the near future and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will continue monitoring shrimp populations in these waters.

Regulations state that the possession count on saltwater, white shrimp shall average no more than 100 (whole shrimp) count per pound, with the exception of October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no minimum count size.   

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission provided LDWF Secretary Robert Barham with authority to close both the fall inshore shrimp season and shrimping in the state’s territorial sea when biological and technical data indicate the need. Recent sampling conducted by the LDWF Fisheries biologists indicates that average white shrimp size in those waters to be closed is smaller than the minimum possession size limit. This action, which characteristically takes place at this time of year, is designed to protect small, white shrimp and provide opportunity for these populations to over-winter and grow to larger, more marketable sizes.

For a map detailing today’s actions click here

Louisiana continues to lead the country in shrimp landings.  In 2012, approximately 5,566 licensed Louisiana commercial shrimpers landed 100.3 million pounds of shrimp (all species combined/heads-on weight) that had a dockside value of $145 million. 

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois (985) 594-4130 mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286 -4162.

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