The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced shrimp season will open in a portion of territorial waters between Caillou Boca and the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel, next Tuesday, April 16 at 6 a.m.

Details for the opening are as follows:  The opening will be in the portion of state outside waters, south of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line as described in LA R.S. 56:495 seaward a distance of three nautical miles, from the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at 90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the channel red buoy line, at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16.  This area lies seaward of Terrebonne parish.

Click here for a map detailing this opening:

According to the most recent trawl samples taken by LDWF biologists, small white shrimp have reached marketable sizes within these waters.

Because significant numbers of juvenile white shrimp remain in state outside waters seaward a distance of three nautical miles from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal, this area will remain closed until further notice.  With the exception of these waters, all remaining state outside waters will be open to shrimping.

The opening dates for the 2013 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at the May 2, meeting.