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LDWF Announces Spring Shrimp Season Opening

Kevin Savoie - Thursday, May 01, 2014

The dates for the 2014 Louisiana spring shrimp season were announced at today’s meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and 
Fisheries Commission. The spring shrimp season was set based on information provided by Louisiana Department of 
Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and on public comments.

The opening dates for the 2014 Louisiana shrimp season are as follows:

1. That portion of state inside waters from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River westward 
to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal, and that portion of state outside waters extending 3 
nautical miles seaward from the shoreline from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as 
delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to the to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal 
at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude to open at 6 a.m. May 26

2. That portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the eastern shore 
of South Pass of the Mississippi River to open at 6 a.m. June 2. However, the open waters of Breton and 
Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line are currently open to shrimping.

3. That portion of state inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the 
Louisiana/Texas state line to open at 6 a.m. June 2.

In addition to the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, all state outside waters are currently open 
to shrimping except for outside waters extending 3 nautical miles seaward from the shoreline from the 
Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island westward to the to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou 
Canal.

The Commission granted authority to the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to delay or 
advance these opening dates if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so, and; to close any 
portion of Louisiana's inside waters to protect small juvenile white shrimp if biological and technical data 
indicate the need to do so, or enforcement problems develop. The Secretary is further granted the authority 
to open any area, or re-open any previously closed area, and to open and close special shrimp seasons in any 
portion of state waters.

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