Season Closes in Zone 1
The Louisiana Department
of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the closure of
the 2005 spring shrimp season effective Sunday, July 3 at
6 a.m. in Shrimp Management Zone 1 except for that portion
of Mississippi Sound from a position along the Mississippi-Louisiana
state line at latitude 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.67 seconds
N and longitude 89 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds W southeastward
to the US Coast Guard navigational light off the eastern shore
of Three-Mile Pass at latitude 30 degrees 03 minutes 12 seconds
N and longitude 89 degrees 21 minutes 30 seconds W thence
northeastward to a position which intersects the menhaden
line as described in the Menhaden Rule (LAC 76:VII, 307D)
north of Isle au Pitre at latitude 30 degrees 10 minutes 00
seconds W and all of Zone 3.
The open waters
of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, as described in the Menhaden
Rule, will remain open to shrimping until further notice.
Zone 1 comprises state inside waters from the Mississippi-Louisiana
state line to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi
River, and Zone 3 comprises state inside waters from the western
shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island
to the Louisiana-Texas state line.
The closure was
based on recommendations made by LDWF Marine Fisheries Division
biologists. The relative number, percentage and distribution
of small white shrimp immigrating into the areas to be closed
has increased substantially in the past week and the region
is being closed to protect these developing shrimp.