Aug 1, 2014 2:31 PM by KATC
Although the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet August 7 to consider opening dates for the fall inshore shrimp season, the inshore shrimp season still remains closed.
However, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) officials did announce Thursday the re-opening of certain state inshore and Gulf of Mexico waters that were previously closed due to oiling from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
Although these waters will re-open ½ hour before sunrise on Monday, August 4, state rules, regulations and seasons for individual saltwater species are still effective within these areas and shrimp harvesting will not be permitted within the state's inside waters with the exception of the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds (as described by the double-rig line in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2. and in the portion of Mississippi Sound)
Those areas are explained as follows:
The portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double-rig line.
A map that details the areas currently open to shrimp harvesting is available on the LDWF website.