Shrimp Season Closed In Some Portions Of Louisiana

Shrimp SeasonRight now the shrimp season is closed in some portions of our state. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries made the announcement earlier this month.

Where You Still Can Fish For White Shrimp

In announcement the Department of Wildlife and fisheries said that the 2019 fall inshore shrimp season will close in all of Louisiana’s inside waters on December 16. However, an exception was made for inside waters east of the Mississippi River. Those areas include:  “Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Orleans parish from the GIWW East Closure Sector Gate westward to the GIWW intersection with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line.”

Find a complete map of all the closed areas here.

The department says the state outside waters seaward are open to shrimping until further notice.

Why Some Areas Are Closed

The decision to close the areas described above was made due to fact that the shrimp size in the state’s inside waters is smaller than the minimum possession count legally allowed. The Department says it had conducted a sampling recently and found that the shrimp size was too small. They say the closure will give the shrimp a chance to grow larger sizes. White shrimp is at a legal size when a pound of white shrimp equals 100 whole shrimp or less. This does not apply for the time period from October 15 through the third Monday in December.

For more information visit:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/43189

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