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Sunday, July 14, 2019

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State sets fall inshore shrimp season opening dates

State sets fall inshore shrimp season opening dates

The fall inshore shrimp season will open at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 east of the Atchafalaya River and at 6 a.m. Aug. 22 to the west.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries unanimously approved the dates at its meeting Thursday morning. LDWF biologists set the dates based on research and samples.

When samples were taken last week, the shrimp in the western part of the state in Vermilion, Cote Blanc and Calcasieu basins were still very small. The shrimp in the eastern part in Barataria and Terrebonne basins were significantly larger. The extra week for the west will allow the shrimp time to grow to the proper size for catching.

The spring shrimp season for the majority of inside waters closed on July 3 and for the west side of the state on July 15.