The spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15 in the Terrebonne and Barataria Basins from the eastern shore of South Pass westward to the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
The season also will close in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin except for the following waters:
A. That portion of Lake Borgne seaward of a line extending one-half mile from the shoreline, and
B. That portion of Mississippi Sound north of a line beginning at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2, and
C. The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.
Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicated an increased quantity of small juvenile shrimp in these waters, and the decision to close was made to allow these developing shrimp to grow to marketable sizes, the release states.
The spring inshore shrimp season in the Vermilion/Teche River Basin closed on July 3 and all remaining state inside waters, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line, will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice, with the exception of those closure areas outlined here.