LDWF to Open Shrimp Season In a Portion Of Louisiana Offshore Waters March 17

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the shrimp season will reopen in a portion of state outside waters seaward of Terrebonne Parish at 6 a.m. on Friday, March 17.

The area extends 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.

According to the most recent trawl samples taken by LDWF biologists, small white shrimpthat had been in these waters since January 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 2017 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at their May 4 meeting.

See above for a map detailing this opening.

 For more information, contact Jeff Marx (337) 373-0032 or

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For more information, contact Jeffrey Marx (337) 373-0032 or