SHRIMP SEASON TO CLOSE IN ADDITIONAL PORTIONS OF ZONE 1

Release Date: 07/09/2008

The 2008 spring inshore shrimp season in Shrimp Management Zone 1 will close on Saturday, July 12, at 6 p.m. except for the following portions of Zone 1:


 That portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at latitude 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north and longitude 89 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds west; thence southeasterly to a point at latitude 30 degrees 03 minutes 12 seconds north and longitude 89 degrees 21 minutes 30 seconds west; thence northeasterly to the most easterly point on Isle Au Pitre at latitude 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north and longitude 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west, which is a point on the double-rig line as described in LA R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double-rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at latitude 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north and longitude 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning.


The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line (LA R.S.56:495.1).


A portion of Mississippi Sound and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds all located in Shrimp Management Zone 1 as well as that portion of Zone 3 which includes the Calcasieu Ship Channel originating at a line between Channel Markers 85 and 86 thence 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 will remain open until further notice.


Zone 1 includes state waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River and Zone 3 includes state waters from the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island to the Louisiana/Texas state line.


The closure was announced today by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham 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 have progressively increased in recent weeks and these waters are being closed to protect these developing shrimp. 


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


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