Louisiana closing some shrimping areas on Sunday

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PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA – AUGUST 27: Nearly 600 pounds of shrimp from Acy Cooper’s shrimp trawler are cleaned and weighed at a seafood dealer following a 12 hour plus overnight shift of shrimping on August 27, 2019 off the coast of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. The Cooper family are four generations of fishermen and shrimping is their family tradition. With the Mississippi River at historically high water levels earlier this year due to severe flooding in the Midwest, the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway in southern Louisiana has flooded the saltwater marshes with fresh water. The fresh water has driven crabs, shrimp and fish out of bays and marshes and out further to sea into saltier water where they can survive. According to a release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the spring shrimp season catch was down over 60 percent compared to the five-year average putting a strain on the fishermen who make their livelihood on the water. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is closing some areas to shrimping so large numbers of white shrimp found there can grow to marketable size, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a news release Thursday.

Areas being closed include Lake Pontchartrain and several nearby waters, as well as outside waters between Caillou Boca and Freshwater Bayou Canal.

The area from the Texas state line to Freshwater Bayou Canal will remain open. So will the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sound and outside waters from there to Caillou Boca.

The area including Lake Pontchartrain also includes Lake Borgne, the Mississippi Sound, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, and part of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet.

A map is available at the department website.

Biologists will keep checking areas still open and will close them when biologically appropriate, the statement said.

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