May 20, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds shrimp harvesters that remainder of state waters open for harvest at 6 a.m. Monday, May 23.
This opening specifically includes inshore waters north of the northern shore of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) to the Louisiana/Mississippi state line. State waters south of the MRGO opened to shrimping on May 16. Effective with this opening, all state inside and outside waters will be open to shrimp harvesting.
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set this shrimp season dates along with those for Shrimp Management Zones 2 and 3 at its May 5 meeting. The commission also provided authority to LDWF Secretary Robert Barham to delay or modify shrimp season opening dates if biological and/or technical data indicate the need.
LDWF has received reports of small size shrimp in commercial harvests from certain waters and is closely monitoring the shrimp resource statewide through extensive trawl sampling surveys and boarding and dockside interviews. LDWF biologists are also monitoring the movement of flood waters into coastal waters and their impacts on estuarine and marine species. Secretary Barham is prepared to take appropriate action to modify shrimp seasons if the resource is at risk.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
For more information please contact Laura Wooderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (225) 610-2363.