SHRIMP SEASON TO CLOSE IN ZONE 1 - BRETON AND CHANDELEUR SOUNDS TO REMAIN OPEN

Release Date: 07/11/2007

The 2007 spring inshore shrimp season within Shrimp Management Zone 1 except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line (LA R.S.56:495.1) will close on Monday, July 16 at 6 p.m.  Effective with this closure, all state inside waters except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds will be closed to shrimping.  State territorial waters south of the Inside/Outside shrimp line, as described in LA R.S.56:495, will also remain open to shrimping. 


Zone 1 includes state waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River.


The closure was announced today by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (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 area 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.


The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will consider opening dates for the 2007 fall inshore shrimp season at its next monthly meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Aug. 2 at LDWF Headquarters in Baton Rouge.


For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at 225-765-2401 or mbourgeois@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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