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Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Fresh Louisiana shrimp.

HOUMA (AP) — The spring inshore shrimp season, marked by low prices this year, will close at 6 p.m. Sunday in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday inshore shrimping will end from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the western shore of the Freshwater Bayou Canal in Vermilion Parish.

Data collected by biologists in recent weeks show an increased quantity and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp in these waters and the season will be closed to protect these shrimp and provide an opportunity for growth.

Meanwhile, shrimpers have continued to see low prices and small shrimp in their catch.

Dulac fisherman Barry Rogers told The Courier this season was terrible, catastrophic and the worst he’s seen in his 40 years as a shrimper.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com