The 2012 spring inshore shrimp season will come to a close for much of the central Louisiana Coast on July 9 according to state officials.
The Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries announced Monday the closure will affect state waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the eastern shore of the Calcasieu Ship Channel.
In a press release issued Monday, LDWF officials said the closure is an effort to protect developing juvenile white shrimp in hopes they'll grow to larger sizes.
While the season closes east of the Calcasieu channel, the shrimp season is expected to remain open for state inside waters from the Louisiana/Texas line eastward to the eastern shore of the Calcasieu channel, as well as state outside waters.
The following is a press release from the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries:
July 2, 2012 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the 2012 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 9 in portions of the Pontchartrain Basin and all of the Mississippi River, Barataria and Mermentau River basins.
This shrimp season closure includes:
State inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the eastern shore of the Calcasieu Ship Channel, and
State inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche except for the following waters:
- Lake Pontchartrain
- Rigolets Pass
- Chef Menteur Pass
- Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO)
- The part of Lake Borgne seaward of a line extending one-half mile from the shoreline
- The portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point 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; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning
- The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.
Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicates increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these areas was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.
In addition to Lake Pontchartrain, Chef and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, MRGO and Mississippi, Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, the inshore shrimp season will remain open until further notice in the following areas:
- State inside waters from the eastern shore of the Calcasieu Ship Channel westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line
- All State outside waters
Certain areas are still closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Maps of the areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted on the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.