Shrimp Season

Shrimp Season

LDWF Announces Delay in Opening of Shrimp Season in Remaining Portion of Zone 1 

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced a delay in the opening of shrimp season in the remaining portion of Shrimp Management Zone 1 from May 21 to Tuesday, May 29, 2018.  

The opening is as follows:

·     The portion of Shrimp Management Zone 1 from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the southern shore of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet to open at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

The Secretary of LDWF has been notified of recent technical data that could negatively impact the Louisiana commercial shrimp industry. The high volume of brown shrimp landed by commercial harvesters has led to more available shrimp than can be efficiently handled by docks and processors.  This situation can be detrimental to the commercial industry by flooding the market with similar sized shrimp, resulting in lower dockside values and a possible loss of harvested shrimp due to lack of available buyers. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is responsible for managing, conserving, and promoting the wise utilization of Louisiana’s renewable fisheries resources.  In order to improve the utilization of the resource, LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet has decided to delay the opening of the remaining areas in the Pontchartrain Basin.

A declaration of emergency adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on May 3, 2018, authorized the Secretary of LDWF to delay or advance the opening dates of shrimp season if biological and/or technical data indicate the need to do so. 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.

Click the image above for a map detailing this opening.

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle (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.