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Shrimp Task Force to Meet February 3rd
Shrimp Task Force Meeting
Clint Guidry, Chairman
Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Terrebonne Council Meeting Room
8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360
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Louisiana announces partial closure of shrimp fishery
Janurary 25, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has decided to close the shrimp fishing season in state waters near the coast and part of the state's outside waters, to protect the resource.
The fishing ban for the crustacean, which will become effective Monday 25 January 2016 at official sunset, affects:
The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2 All state outside waters east of Caillou Boca as well as all state outside waters west of Freshwater Bayou Canal All fishery jurisdiction waters claimed by the state beyond the three nautical mile closure zone
Louisiana regulation states that the size of white shrimp caught in salt water can not exceed an average of 100 specimens (whole shrimp) per pound, except for the period of October 15 to the third Monday in December, when there are no restrictions regarding minimum size.
In addition, it entitles LDWF's Secretary with the authority to close both the fall inshore shrimp season and shrimp fishing in the state’s territorial sea when biological and technical data indicate the need.
Recent sampling conducted by the LDWF Fisheries biologists indicates that average white shrimp size in those waters to be closed is smaller than the minimum possession size limit.
The fishing ban, 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.
Louisiana continues to lead the country in shrimp landings. In 2014, it caught 113.3 million pounds of shrimp (all species combined/heads-on weight) with a dockside value of USD 236.2 million.
Sharp Dip in Louisiana's Shrimp Landings Drags Down Total Gulf Catch 6.5% in 2015
A significant drop in Louisiana's 2015 shrimp landings contributed to a 6.5 percent annual decline in Gulf shrimp production from 2014 levels.
Total landings in December were 8.4 million pounds. The figure was down 3 percent from December 2014 but up 2 percent compared to the five-year average for the month.
The monthly figure capped a year that saw Gulf shrimp landings in 2015 trend below both 2014 levels and five-year averages for much of the year..
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