The fall inshore shrimp season will open in Shrimp Management Zone 3 at noon on Monday, Aug. 6, 2007 and in Zones 1 and 2 at noon on Monday, Aug. 13, 2007. Season dates were approved by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at its Aug. 2 meeting, based upon recommendations presented by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Marine Fisheries Division biological staff and public comment.
The closing date set by the commission for these waters is official sunset Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007 except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line (LA R.S.56:495.1(A)2), which will remain open to shrimping until 6 a.m. March 31, 2008.
Zone 1 includes Louisiana waters from the Mississippi-Louisiana state line to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River. Zone 2 extends from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island. Zone 3 extends from the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island to the Louisiana-Texas state line.
The commission also authorized the LDWF Secretary to change the closing dates of the 2007 fall shrimp season if biological and technical data indicate a need to do so or if enforcement problems develop and to close and reopen all or parts of state inside and outside waters if significant numbers of small white shrimp are found in these waters.
According to LDWF trip ticket report data, 2006 Louisiana shrimp landings measured 139 million pounds and were valued at $144.5 million. White shrimp landings accounted for approximately 87 million pounds or 64 percent of total shrimp landings and exceeded the previous white shrimp landings record set in 2000 by 11 million pounds. Trip ticket data also indicated that 3,422 commercial shrimp fishermen reported taking 54,055 shrimping trips in 2006.
For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at 225-765-2401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.