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Louisiana closes spring shrimp season in inside waters

  (UNITED STATES, 7/11/2017)

The 2017 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 14 in the majority of inside waters in Louisiana to protect the juvenile specimens of the species, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.

The LDWF took the decision after its biologists indicated increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within the Louisiana/Mississippi state line westward to the eastern shore of the Mississippi River and from Freshwater Bayou canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line.

Exceptions to the closure include: Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, the Louisiana portion of Mississippi Sound, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.

LDWF officials informed that all state outside waters seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line will remain open to shrimping until further notice and that the areas that remain open will continue to be monitored and will close when the presence of smaller white shrimp make it biologically inappropriate to remain open.

The State Department would also like to remind shrimpers there is a possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana of 100 count (whole shrimp per pound).

This size restriction applies to the taking or possession of such shrimp aboard a vessel, except from October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken or possessed.

When more than 50 per cent by weight of the saltwater shrimp taken or possessed is seabobs or brown shrimp, then the maximum allowable amount of undersized white shrimp taken or possessed should not exceed 10 per cent by weight of the total saltwater shrimp taken or possessed.

If compliance issues develop, remaining open areas can be closed by the Secretary of the Department.
 
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