The season will open as follows:
One-half hour before sunrise – Monday, August 18 – 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 18 – state inside waters east of the Atchafalaya River
For a map detailing today’s actions click here:
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 17.7 million pounds of shrimp (all species combined/heads-off weight) were landed in Louisiana from January through June, 2014.
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 to October 31 and increase to 75 minutes from November 1 to March 31.