Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced a shrimping closure
in a portion of Louisiana offshore territorial (outside) waters
at its Dec. 6, 2007 meeting. The action protects small white
shrimp currently over-wintering in these areas as well as
additional over-wintering white shrimp anticipated to recruit
to these waters.
The closure area
includes that portion of state outside waters, south of the
Inside/Outside Shrimp Line as described in LA R.S. 56:495,
from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 92 degrees
18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude to the U.S. Coast Guard
navigational light off the northwest shore of Caillou Boca
at 29 degrees 03 minutes 10 seconds north latitude and 90
degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude. This closure
will become effective Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007 at 6 a.m. All
state outside waters east of the U.S. Coast Guard navigational
light off the northwest shore of Caillou Boca as well as state
outside waters west of Freshwater Bayou Canal will remain
open to shrimping.
According to LA
R.S. 56:498.B(1), the possession count on saltwater white
shrimp shall average no more than 100 (whole shrimp) count
per pound except during the time period from Oct. 15 through
the third Monday in December when there shall be no count.
Current sampling conducted by the Louisiana Department of
Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Marine Fisheries Division biologists
has indicated that white shrimp in this portion of Louisiana
outside waters average smaller than 100 count per pound. This
action protects these small white shrimp and provides increased
opportunity for growth to larger more valuable sizes.
also authorized the LDWF secretary to close any part of remaining
state outside waters if biological and technical data indicate
the need to do so and to re-open any closed area when the
closure is no longer necessary. The secretary is also authorized
to open and close special shrimp seasons in portions of inside
waters where such a season would not detrimentally affect
developing brown shrimp.
all inside waters will close to shrimping on Decc 18, 2007
at 6 a.m. with the exception of those portions of Breton and
Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line (LA
R.S.56:495.1.(A)2) which will close March 31, 2008 at 6 a.m.
These closures were fixed by the commission at its Aug. 2