Fall shrimp season dates set
Thursday, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2014 fall inshore shrimp season opening dates.
The season will open one-half hour before sunrise, Monday, August 18, along inside waters from the western shore of the Atchafalaya River westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line, and at 6 p.m., Monday, August 18 along state inside waters east of the Atchafalaya River.
The Commission set the season based on recommendations presented by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments from the public. However, certain areas are still closed to commercial fishing and certain recreational fishing activities due to the oil spill.
Maps of the areas that remain closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.
Preliminary Louisiana shrimp landings statistics provided by NOAA Fisheries Service indicate that approximately 17.7 million pounds of shrimp (all species combined/heads-off weight) were landed in Louisiana from January through June, 2014.
Posted on Fri, August 8, 2014
by The Lafourche Gazette