State inside waters from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to Freshwater Bayou will open for the spring shrimp season beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 8, according to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department.

During Thursday’s Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting, the commission also announced that inside waters from the Louisiana/Mississippi line to the eastern shore of South Pass — as well as from Freshwater Bayou to the Louisiana/Texas state line — will open at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 15. 

Over the last five weeks, biologists conducted more than 500 trawl samples in nearshore waters to determine opening dates.

The season opening is based on when a minimum of 50 percent of the sampled inshore brown shrimp population reaches 100-count per pound or larger, according to a press release.