The spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 3 from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou, with the exception of the open waters of Mississippi Sound, and Breton and Chandeleur Sounds seaward to the double-rig line.
According to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, all remaining state inside waters, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, will remain open to shrimping until further notice.
Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within the waters scheduled for closing. The decision to close the inshore season was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes, the release states.
The areas that remain open will continue to be monitored and they will also be closed when smaller white shrimp there make it biologically inappropriate to remain open, according to the release.