Shrimp Season Extended

Shrimp Season Extended
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 7:54am

    Today Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced that the shrimp season in the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds will be extended until further notice. Current data indicates that marketable quantities of white shrimp remain in these areas. By extending the shrimp season, Secretary Barham hopes to provide added economic opportunity to shrimp harvesters, while still limiting risk to juvenile brown shrimp.

    Preliminary LDWF trip ticket data indicates Louisiana shrimp landings for 2010 totaled approximately 72.9 million pounds and had a dock-side value of $104.2 million. White shrimp landings accounted for 76 percent of total shrimp landings and 79 percent of the value.

   The opening dates for the 2011 spring inshore shrimp season will be set by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at the May 5 meeting at LDWF headquarters.

For more information, contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363. 

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Grand Isle Beach closed out to 500’ May to September by Commission action.
     Shrimping areas in Louisiana are divided into inshore waters, the offshore territorial sea and the federal Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The line (shrimp line) that separates inside waters from outside territorial waters generally follows the coastline, although there are some exceptions. For specific boundary locations check with your local Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agent. Maps of the shrimp line are available at a charge of $10 per map by writing the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 400, New Orleans, LA 70122. Please specify which area of the coast you are interested in. The line that separates state territorial waters from the EEZ generally follows the Louisiana coast three miles from shore. For specific boundary locations, particularly in the Grand Isle and Marsh Island area, you should contact your local Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agent. For management purposes, both state inside and state outside territorial waters are divided into three shrimp management zones:

Zone 1: extends from the Louisiana/ Mississippi 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.

NOTE: Restricted areas exist within WMAs, refuges and other areas which may be closed to certain gear types or methods of fishing. Consult your local Wildlife and Fisheries Office or Enforcement Agent and the WMA section of this pamphlet.

     Night shrimping, between the hours of one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise, is prohibited in Vermilion Bay, East and West Cote Blanche Bays, and Atchafalaya Bay, from the western shore of Vermilion Bay to the western shore of the Atchafalaya River and the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel out to Eugene Island as described by the inside-outside line in R.S. 56:495.
      Taking shrimp with saltwater trawls from May 1 - Sept. 15 each year is prohibited in state waters on the south side of Grand Isle from Caminada Pass to Barataria Pass in Jefferson Parish, from the southeast side of the Caminada bridge to the northwest side of Barataria Pass at Fort Livingston, extending from the beach side of Grand Isle to a distance of 500 feet beyond the shoreline into the Gulf of Mexico. 

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