The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recently announced that the fall shrimp season closed in most state inside waters effective Monday, December 19, 2016, at official sunset.
The shrimping closure includes:
All state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line except for the following waters located east of the Mississippi River: 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 described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2
All state outside waters remained open to shrimping at the time of the closure.
For a map detailing the actions, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons.
The closure, which characteristically takes place at this time of year, is designed to protect small, white shrimp and provide opportunity for these populations to over-winter and grow to larger, more marketable sizes.
source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries