LA: LDWF Extends Shrimp Season in Breton and Chandeleur Sounds

March 28, 2011 – Today Louisiana Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced that the shrimp season
in the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds will be extended
until further notice. Current data indicates that marketable
quantities of white shrimp remain in these areas. By extending the
shrimp season, Secretary Barham hopes to provide added economic
opportunity to shrimp harvesters, while still limiting risk to
juvenile brown shrimp.

Preliminary LDWF trip ticket data indicates Louisiana shrimp
landings for 2010 totaled approximately 72.9 million pounds and had
a dock-side value of $104.2 million. White shrimp landings
accounted for 76 percent of total shrimp landings and 79 percent of
the value.

The opening dates for the 2011 spring inshore shrimp season will
be set by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at the May 5
meeting at LDWF headquarters.


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