The fall inshore shrimp season kicks off Aug. 13 in state inside waters, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries announced today.

Shrimping can begin in inside waters west of the Atchafalaya River and Atchafalaya River Ship chanhel at 6 a.m. on that day, LDWF said.

The season in inshore waters east of the Atchafalaya River to the Mississippi state line will open 12 hours later — at 6 p.m., the agency said.

The commission set the season based on recommendations presented by LDWF biologists and comments from the public.

Preliminary Louisiana shrimp landings statistics provided by NOAA Fisheries Service indicate that approximately 21.8 million pounds of shrimp (all species combined/heads-off weight) were landed in Louisiana from January through June 2012.

Some areas are still closed to commercial fishing and certain recreational fishing activities due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Click here to see find maps of the areas  closed to recreational and commercial fishing.

The commission granted authority to the LDWF Secretary to close the fall shrimp season when biological and technical data indicates the need and to open and close special shrimp seasons.