Shrimp Season

Shrimp Season

Louisiana Shrimp Season to Close January 21 in Portions of State Inside Waters       

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2018 fall shrimp season will close at official sunset on Monday, January 21, 2019, in the following portions of state inside waters:

Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Orleans parish from the GIWW East Closure Sector Gate westward to the GIWW intersection with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal.

See above for a map of the closure area.

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

The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.

Recent biological sampling conducted by the department indicates that the average white shrimp size within large portions of state inside waters is smaller than the minimum possession count allowed by law.  A closure is needed to protect the small white shrimp in these waters and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more valuable sizes. R.S. 56:498 provides that the possession count on saltwater white shrimp for each cargo lot shall average no more than 100 (whole specimens) per pound, except from October 15 through the third Monday in December.

The department will continue to monitor the remaining open areas and will close them when biologically appropriate. Notice of any opening, delaying, or closing of a season by the secretary will be made by public notice at least 72 hours prior to such action.   

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle at (337)491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov.

Tow Time Regulations Reminder

Federal Turtle Excluder Device (TED) regulations require skimmer net fishermen to limit tow times. Maximum tow times are 55 minutes from April 1 through October 31 and increase to 75 minutes from November 1 through March 31.