Louisiana 2016 Spring Shrimp Season Area Closure

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that the state’s 2016 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 3rd from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the western shore of the Freshwater Bayou canal except for the following waters:

That portion of the open waters of Mississippi Sound and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds seaward of the double-rig line

All remaining state inside waters as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, as described in R.S. 56:495 will remain open to shrimping until further notice.

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicated increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within the area, which led to the closure

LDWF implements area closures to protect developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.

The areas that remain open will continue to be monitored and they will also be closed when smaller white shrimp in those areas make it biologically inappropriate to remain open.

For more information, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons

source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

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