Louisiana To Partially Close Shrimp Season

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana wildlife and fisheries regulators say the fall shrimp season will close in a portion of state inside waters beginning at official sunset Monday.

Recent sampling conducted by the The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission biologists indicates the average white shrimp size in the waters to be closed is smaller than the minimum possession size limit. This action, which characteristically takes place at this time of year, is designed to protect small, white shrimp and provide opportunity for these populations to over-winter and grow to larger, more marketable sizes.

Affected by last week's order are all state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line except for the following waters located east of the Mississippi River:

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-Chef Menteur and Rigolets passes, Lake Borgne (BORN), Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Orleans Parish from the waterway's East Closure Sector Gate westward to the waterway's intersection with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds.

All state outside waters will remain open at this time.

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