Current Shrimp Season Information
April 16, 2015- 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 Wednesday, April 22. 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. Significant numbers of smaller size white shrimp still remain in State Outside Waters west of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude, and these waters will remain closed to shrimping until further notice.
The opening dates for the 2015 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at their May 7 meeting.
General Season Information
You may only harvest shrimp during open shrimp seasons (unless you’re permitted to harvest live bait under a Special Bait Dealers Permit). The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries 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 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 can close these waters at other times of the year if necessary.
• Federal waters off Louisiana: year-round