Release Date: 06/29/2006

The 2006 spring inshore shrimp season in portions of Shrimp Management Zone 1 will close on Wednesday, July 5, at 6 a.m. 

However, the following portions of Zone 1 will remain open to shrimping until further notice; that portion of Mississippi Sound from a position along the Mississippi-Louisiana state line at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds west longitude southeastward to the US Coast Guard navigational light off the eastern shore of Three-Mile Pass at latitude 30 degrees 03 minutes 12 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 21 minutes 30 seconds west longitude thence northeastward to a position which intersects the double-rig line as described in (LA R.S.56:495.1(A)2) north of Isle au Pitre at 30 degrees 10 minutes 00 seconds west latitude, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.

Zone 1 comprises state waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River.  Zone 3, which includes state waters from the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island to the Louisiana/Texas state line as well as State territorial waters south of the Inside/Outside shrimp line, as described in LA R.S.56:495, will remain open to shrimping. 

The closure was announced today by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Dwight Landreneau and was based on recommendations made by LDWF Marine Fisheries Division biologists.

The number, distribution and percentage of small juvenile white shrimp within the area to be closed has progressively increased in recent weeks.  Analysis of current LDWF shrimp trawl sampling data indicates substantial population increases this week and these waters are being closed to protect these developing shrimp.

For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at 225-765-2401