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
Current Shrimp Season
The 2014 shrimp season will open as follows:
One-half hour before sunrise - Monday, August 18 - inside waters from the western shore of the Atchafalaya River and the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line
6 p.m., Monday, August 18 – state inside waters east of the Atchafalaya River
The Commission set the season based on recommendations presented by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments from the public. However, certain areas are still closed to commercial fishing and certain recreational fishing activities due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Maps of the areas that remain closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.