SPECIAL COMMISSION MEETING SCHEDULED TO CONSIDER EARLY SHRIMP SEASON OPENING IN SHRIMP MANAGEMENT ZONE 2

Release Date: 04/19/2006

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has scheduled a special meeting on Wednesday, April 26, at 9:30 a.m. to review the most recent biological data presented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and consider opening dates for the 2006 spring inshore shrimp season in Shrimp Management Zone 2.  Zone II comprises that portion of state waters from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island.


The special meeting will be held at LDWF headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. The agenda follows:


1. Roll Call
2. Declaration of Emergency - Setting of 2006 Spring Shrimp Season for Zone 2 (Mississippi River to Vermilion Bay)
3. Public Comments
4. Adjournment


Unseasonably mild water temperatures extending from January, low Mississippi and Atchafalaya River discharge rates and drought-like conditions throughout Louisiana's estuaries have combined to produce highly favorable shrimp growing conditions this spring.  High survival of early recruited shrimp and rapid growth rates have produced shrimp sizes above the long-term mean for this period in some areas.  However, changes in environmental conditions or additional recruitment of small shrimp into these estuaries may not allow for an earlier than normal opening.  


The regular monthly meeting of the commission will be held as planned on May 4 at 9:30 a.m. at LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge to set the opening dates for Zones 1 and 3, as well as Zone 2 provided this date is not set at the special April 26 commission meeting.


For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at 225-765-2401 or mbourgeois@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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