December 17, 2012– Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced today the fall shrimp season will close in state inside waters within portions of Lake Pelto, and Terrebonne and Timbalier Bays on Thursday, December 20 at sunset.
This closure includes state inside waters within the Terrebonne Basin south of 29 degrees 13 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and those inside waters south of 29 degrees 06 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 46 minutes 00 seconds west longitude.
The fall inshore shrimp season was briefly extended in these waters, however, samples collected by LDWF biologists late last week indicate that average white shrimp size in the areas to be closed is smaller than 100 count per pound. This action protects these small white shrimp and provides increased opportunity for growth to larger, more valuable sizes.
Following this closure, shrimping in state inside waters will ONLY be allowed in:
- State inside waters east of the Mississippi River from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line southward to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River.
Shrimping in state outside waters will ONLY be allowed in:
- The portion of state outside waters, south of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line as described in LA R.S. 56:495 seaward a distance of three nautical miles, from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy linewestward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitudewhich will close to shrimping on Monday, January 7.
- All state outside waters east of the northwest shore of Caillou Boca as well as state outside waters west of Freshwater Bayou Canal and fishery jurisdiction waters claimed by the state beyond the three nautical mile closure zone.
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