Release Date: 08/07/2008

The fall inshore shrimp season will open in Shrimp Management Zones 1, 2 and 3 at noon on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008.  The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved the season dates at its Aug. 7 meeting, based upon recommendations presented by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Marine Fisheries Division biological staff and public comment.

The closing date set by the commission for these waters is official sunset Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 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, 2009.

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 2008 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, 2007 Louisiana shrimp landings measured 110.9 million pounds and were valued at $139.8 million.  White shrimp landings accounted for approximately 64.5 million pounds or 58 percent of total shrimp landings and were worth $95.5 million.  Although white shrimp landings declined 14.5 million pounds from the previous year, harvest remained approximately 9.8 million pounds above the annual long-term average in 2007.  Trip ticket data also indicated that 3,295 commercial shrimp fishermen reported sales of shrimp and took 42,873 shrimping trips in 2007.

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