Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Bryant O. Hammett, Jr. announced that the shrimp season in that portion of Louisiana offshore territorial waters south of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line as described in R.S.56:495, from the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line to the U.S. Coast Guard navigational light off the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at 29 degrees 03 minutes 10 seconds north latitude and 90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude, will reopen to shrimping on April 17, 2007 at 6 a.m.
According to the most recent trawl samples taken by Marine Fisheries Division biologists, small white shrimp which have occupied portions of state outside waters from January through early April are no longer present in the area to be opened. Significant numbers of small white shrimp still remain in state outside waters west of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at longitude 92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude and this area will remain closed until further notice.
Preliminary LDWF trip ticket report data indicate that 2006 Louisiana shrimp landings (all species combined) through November totaled approximately 128.3 million pounds. White shrimp landings totaled 81.1 million pounds and accounted for 63 percent of total shrimp landings. Although December landings figures remain incomplete, white shrimp landings for the year exceeded the previous 2000 record of 75.9 million pounds by over 5 million pounds.
The opening dates for the 2007 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at the May 3 meeting to be held at LDWF headquarters.
EDITORS: For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at 225 765-2401