Current Shrimp Season Information
The 2015 Louisiana inshore shrimp season will open statewide at 6:00 am Monday, May 18 as well as that portion of state outside waters extending 3 nautical miles seaward from the shoreline from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to the to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude.
In addition to the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, all state outside waters are currently open to shrimping except for outside waters extending 3 nautical miles seaward from the shoreline from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island westward to the to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal.
The Commission granted authority to the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to delay these opening dates if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so, and; to close any portion of Louisiana's inside waters to protect small juvenile white shrimp if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so, or if enforcement problems develop. The Secretary is further granted the authority to open any area, or re-open any previously closed area, and to open and close special shrimp seasons in any portion of state waters.
LDWF reminds fishermen that federal Turtle Excluder Device (TED) regulations require skimmer net fishermen to limit tow times. Maximum tow times are 55 minutes from April 1 – October 31 and increase to 75 minutes from November 1 – March 31.
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