of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters Reopened to Shrimping
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the reopening
of a portion of Louisiana offshore territorial waters to shrimping.
That portion of Louisiana offshore territorial waters south
of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line as described in R.S.56:495,
from the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel
at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line
to the eastern shore of Belle Pass at latitude 29 degrees
05 minutes 07 seconds North and longitude 90 degrees 13 minutes
30 seconds West, will reopen to shrimping on April 4 at 6
to the most recent trawl samples taken by Marine Fisheries
Division biologists, small white shrimp which have occupied
these waters from January through March are no longer present
in the area. Significant numbers of small white shrimp still
remain in state outside waters west of the Atchafalaya River
Ship to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at longitude
92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds West and this area will remain
closed until further notice.
dates for the 2005 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered
by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at the
May 5 meeting to be held at LDWF headquarters.