At 6 a.m. Monday, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will close the spring inshore shrimp season from the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island west to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island.
That same day, the LDWF will close “inside” waters from South Pass of the Mississippi River west to and including Bayou Lafourche. Both areas are in Shrimp Management 2.
The move follows the June 25 close of inside shrimping from Bayou Lafourche’s western shore to the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Channel.
Shrimp Management Zones 1 and 3 and parts of Barataria, lower Timbalier and Terrebonne bays and Lake Pelto, and all state “outside” waters are open with the exception of small areas closed to recreational and commercial fishing in the wake of BP-Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.
State biologists close the spring season after tests indicate increasing numbers of small white shrimp moving into estuaries. Spring closures allow white shrimp to grow. The species makes up most of the fall inshore shrimp season, which opens in August.
The LDWF reported that approximately 10.6 million pounds of shrimp (heads-off weight) were taken from state waters in May.