Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary
Robert Barham announced a special shrimp season in portions of
state inside waters west of the Atchafalaya River, specifically
Vermilion Bay, beginning Friday, May 6, 2011 at 6 a.m.
Recent biological samples indicate that marketable size white
shrimp are available for harvest in these waters. High river stages
predicted for the Atchafalaya River may lead to considerably large
movements of white shrimp populations from these waters into
offshore waters prior to the effective date of the spring inshore
shrimp season to be set by the Wildlife and Fisheries
The specific area that is set to open to this special shrimp
season is as follows: state inside waters from the Atchafalaya
River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel
red buoy line westward to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and
Southwest Pass at Marsh Island.
The opening dates for the 2011 Spring Inshore Shrimp season will
be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at
the May 5 meeting at LDWF Headquarters.