Shrimp Season

Shrimp Season

Shrimp Season to Open May 20 in the Remaining State Outside Waters 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the portion of state outside waters between the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island westward to western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal shall reopen to shrimping at 6:00 a.m. on May 20, 2019. 

The area to open is defined as follows:

  • The eastern boundary line originates at the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the red buoy line at 29 degrees 22 minutes 14.933 seconds north latitude, -91 degrees 22 minutes 58.916 degrees west longitude and ends at a point on the three mile line as described in R.S. 56:495(A) at 29 degrees 18 minutes 33.889 seconds north latitude, -91 degrees 26 minutes 16.049 seconds west longitude.  The western boundary line originates on the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 29 degrees 32 minutes 03 seconds north latitude, -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 degrees west longitude and ends at a point on the three mile line as described in R.S. 56:495(A) at 29 degrees 29 minutes 02 seconds north latitude, -92 degrees 19 minutes 34 seconds west longitude.

 

See above for a map of the area to open.

Recent biological sampling conducted by the department has indicated that small white shrimp, which have over-wintered in these waters from January through the present time, have reached marketable sizes and the closure is no longer necessary. 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.

 

LDWF Announces Opening Dates for the Spring Inshore Shrimp Season

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the opening dates for the spring shrimp season in state inshore waters. The dates were determined based on information provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and public comments.

Season openings are as follows:

  • The portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to open at 6 a.m. May 27, 2019.
  • The portion of state inside waters from the eastern shore of South Pass westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal to open at 6 a.m. May 20, 2019.
  • The portion of state inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line to open at 6 a.m. May 27, 2019.

LDWF biologists have monitored hydrological parameters and conducted weekly trawl samples throughout the state’s estuarine and nearshore waters since March to develop recommendations for the opening of the spring shrimp season.   Data were used to calculate a ‘crossover’ date, when a minimum of 50 percent of the inshore brown shrimp population reaches 100 count per pound or larger. 

A portion of state outside waters between the Atchafalaya River and Freshwater Bayou remains closed at this time.  LDWF biologists are continuing to monitor the abundance and size of shrimp in that area, and the Secretary of the Department has the authority to open that zone when biological and technical data indicate conditions are appropriate to do so.

The Commission granted the authority to the Secretary of the Department to delay or advance these opening dates if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so, and; to close any portion of Louisiana inside waters to protect small juvenile white shrimp if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so, or enforcement problems develop.  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.

See 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.