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Current Shrimp Season Information
The 2015 fall inshore shrimp season will open in state inside waters at 6 a.m., Monday, August 17.
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the season based on data presented by LDWF biologists and public comments.
General Season Information
You may only harvest shrimp during open shrimp seasons (unless you’re permitted to harvest live bait under a Special Bait Dealer Permit). The Commission sets shrimp seasons for Louisiana’s state waters by area, according to scientific information about environmental and water conditions and the growth rates, distribution, and abundance of shrimp. They also consider input from the industry and other stakeholders. In general, shrimp seasons by area are:
- Inshore waters: open when sufficient numbers of market-sized shrimp are available in these waters for harvest. The spring/brown shrimp season generally runs May to July; however, opening and closing dates may often be staggered as shrimp recruitment, growth and emigration patterns vary among basins. The fall/white shrimp season is generally open mid-August to mid-December; some waters may remain open into January.
- Coastal and nearshore waters: year-round, except from mid or late December to April or May in certain areas to protect small white shrimp and allow them to grow to market size. The Commission may close these waters at other times of the year if necessary.
- Federal waters off Louisiana: year-round
Double Rig Line - The "Double-Rig Line" is often used to describe the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds where shrimping is allowed year-round in most years.
LA R.S. 56:495 Defining Inside and Outside Waters - The "Inside/Outside Shrimp Line" separates inshore waters from offshore waters.