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Louisiana Fall Shrimp Season

Kevin Savoie - Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the opening date for the Louisiana fall shrimp season for Friday, August 18 at 6 a.m. The date was selected based on information provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and public comments.

To view a map of the opening area visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons

The Commission granted authority to the secretary of the department to delay 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. He is also granted the authority to close shrimping in state outside waters to protect sublegal size white shrimp and to reopen any area closed to shrimping when the closure is no longer necessary.

The secretary is further granted the authority to open any area, or reopen any previously closed area, and to open and close special shrimp seasons in any portion of state waters.

Tow Time Regulations Reminder
Federal Turtle Excluder Device (TED) regulations require skimmer net fishermen to limit tow times. Maximum tow times are 55 minutes from April 1 through October 31 and increase to 75 minutes from November 1 through March 31.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Marx (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Catch Crabs, Earn Cash Rewards

Kevin Savoie - Sunday, May 01, 2016

April 20, 2016

By Todd Masson

Crabbing in Louisiana's waters will not only provide you and your friends with a tasty meal, it could also put a little cash in your wallet. Nicholls State University is on a quest to learn more about the health and habits of the state's blue-crab population, and will be rewarding recreational and commercial crabbers who help in that endeavor.

Over the next two years, researchers at the school will tag and release as many as 15,000 female blue crabs in Louisiana waters and 30,000 Gulf-wide. The tags will appear on the backs of the crustaceans, and will be held in place by a wire that stretches from point to point.

Nicholls University tagged crabCrabbers who catch the tagged crabs and report the requested information will receive a check for $5 or $50, as well as information about where and when the crab was tagged.

Zachary Darnell, assistant professor at Nicholls' Department of Biological Sciences, said the project is the largest to his knowledge ever conducted in Louisiana waters.

"Blue crabs support a tremendously valuable fishery in Louisiana, but information on their movements and migration is lacking," he said. "We're mostly interested in how female crabs are moving through the estuaries and coastal waters of Louisiana -- when they're migrating, why they're migrating.

"We know that after the females mature and mate, they tend to stick in one area to feed and build up their energy stores, and then once they get ready to produce an egg mass, they start migrating down toward the coast, toward higher-salinity water, where they spawn. The eggs and larvae need that higher salinity."

Darnell said crabs migrate not by crawling or swimming, but by rising up in the water column and riding the falling tides. When the water turns around and begins to rise, the crabs simply move to the bottom and hold on until the tide starts to fall again.

"That saves them a lot of energy," he said.

In Louisiana, that migration seems to be a protracted affair, Darnell said.

"We know that up in the Chesapeake Bay, the vast majority of all females tend to migrate in the fall, fairly tightly clustered around the same time, but down here, it's probably much more spread out," he said.

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The tags, Darnell said, should stay on the crabs throughout their lives.

"A lot of people ask, 'What about when they molt? Won't you lose the tags?' But once the females reach maturity, they really don't molt again after that," he said.

Researchers began tagging a couple of weeks ago, and to date, have tagged about 400 crabs, Darnell said. That number will climb rapidly throughout the spring and summer, he said.

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Todd Masson can be reached at tmasson@nola.com or 504.232.3054. 


Dates Set for Louisiana Shrimp and Oyster Seasons

Kevin Savoie - Thursday, August 14, 2014
Shrimp BoatThe Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has set the dates for Louisiana’s shrimp and oyster seasons. The dates were determined after input from LDWF biologists and the public.

The Louisiana shrimp season will open one-half hour before sunrise on Monday, August 18 for inside waters from the western shore of the Atchafalaya River to the Louisiana border with Texas. State inside waters east of the Atchafalaya River will open for shrimping Monday, August 18 at 6 p.m.

Some state waters are still closed, however, as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. More information including maps showing the openings and closings can be found here.

Oyster season will begin one-half hour before sunrise on Wednesday, September 3, in Little Lake, Barataria Bay, Deep Lake, Lake Tambour, and Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds. Between September 3 and October 12, harvesting oysters for market sales is NOT allowed on any public oyster area and only seed oysters for bedding purposes may be harvested.

On Monday, October 20, all other public oyster seed grounds Lake Borgne, Bay Junop, Lake Mechant, the Lake Machias/Fortuna sacking-only area, the Bay Long sacking-only area, and a sacking-only area in Mississippi Sound will be open for harvesting one-half hour before sunrise. The west cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area will open one-half hour before sunrise on Monday, October 27.

There are a number of provisions as well as some closures regarding oyster season. For the full release from LDWF, click here.

White Shrimp Season Opens August 12

Kevin Savoie - Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has announced the 2013 fall inshore shrimp season, with areas open as follows:

6 a.m., Monday August 12 - inside waters from the western shore of the Atchafalaya River and the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line

6 p.m., Monday, August 12 – state inside waters east of the Atchafalaya River

The Commission set the season based on recommendations presented by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments from the public. However, certain areas are still closed to commercial fishing and certain recreational fishing activities due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Maps of the areas that remain closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.

Preliminary Louisiana shrimp landings statistics provided by NOAA Fisheries Service indicate that approximately 26.1 million pounds of shrimp (all species combined/heads-off weight) were landed in Louisiana from January through May, 2013.

For a map detailing today’s actions click here:

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at (985) 594-4130 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504) 430-2623.



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