Shrimp season in portion of state outside waters to reopen

The following is a news release from the LDWF:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham  announced that shrimp season in a portion of state outside waters, commonly known by shrimp harvesters as the "three mile", will reopen next Wednesday, April 21 at 6:00 a.m.

According to the most recent trawl samples taken by LDWF biologists, small white shrimp, which have occupied portions of state outside waters from December through mid-April, are no longer present in the area to be reopened.  Significant numbers of small white shrimp still remain in state waters west of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal and this area will remain closed until further notice.

Preliminary LDWF trip ticket report data indicates that 2009 Louisiana shrimp landings (all species combined/heads-on weight) totaled approximately 110 million pounds and had a dockside value of more than $117 million.

The exact location of the opening is as follows: Louisiana offshore territorial waters south of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line as described in R.S.56:495, from the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line to the U.S. Coast Guard navigational light off the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at 29 degrees 03 minutes 10 seconds north latitude and 90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude.

The opening dates for the 2010 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the LDWF Commission at the May 6 meeting to be held at LDWF headquarters.