The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has announced the 2012 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. June 23 in the Vermilion-Teche, Atchafalaya River and Terrebonne Basins.

The shrimp season closure includes state inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal eastward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche.

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicates increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close this area was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.

All remaining state inside waters, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line, will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice, with the exception of those areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Maps of the areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at http://