Effective Saturday, June 30 at 6 p.m. all inshore waters west of Bayou Lafourche except for a portion of the Calcasieu Ship Channel located in Cameron Parish will be closed to shrimping. An additional closure of all inshore waters between Bayou Lafourche and the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River will become effective six-days later on Friday, July 6, at 6 p.m.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) had earlier closed inshore waters between the Atchafalaya River Channel westward to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island on June 25. After July 6, the only inside waters open to shrimping will be a portion of the Calcasieu Ship Channel and all of Shrimp Management Zone 1. Zone 1 includes state waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River.
To be more specific, the 2007 spring inshore shrimp season in the remaining portion of Shrimp Management Zone 2 currently open to shrimping will close on Saturday, June 30, at 6 p.m. except for that portion of Zone 2 extending from a point originating along the inside/outside shrimp line as described in LA R.S.56:495(A) at the western shore of Bayou Lafourche at Belle Pass at 29 degrees 05 minutes 10 seconds north latitude and 90 degrees 13 minutes 36 seconds west longitude eastward to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River which will close on Friday, July 6, 2007 at 6 p.m.
The 2007 spring inshore shrimp season in Shrimp Management Zone 3 will close on Saturday, June 30, at 6 p.m. except for that portion of Zone 3 which includes the Calcasieu Ship Channel originating at a line between Channel Markers 85 and 86 southward to a point originating along the inside/outside shrimp line at Calcasieu Pass as described in LA R.S.56:495(A) and including East Pass from its origin at the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the south end of Calcasieu Lake and West Pass from its origin at the Calcasieu Ship Channel to the south end of West Cove which will remain open until further notice.
Zone 1 will remain open until further notice. State territorial waters south of the inside/outside shrimp line, as described in Louisiana R.S.56:495, will also remain open to shrimping.
The closures were announced today by LDWF Secretary Bryant O. Hammett, Jr. and was based on recommendations made by LDWF Marine Fisheries Division biologists.
The number, distribution and percentage of small juvenile white shrimp within the areas to be closed has progressively increased in recent weeks. Analysis of current LDWF shrimp trawl sampling data indicates substantial population increases this week and these waters are being closed to protect these developing shrimp.
For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at 225-765-2401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.