Shrimp: Louisiana inshore shrimp season closing on Monday

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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 will close its spring inshore shrimping season Monday evening because biologists are finding more juvenile white shrimp in inshore waters.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says all remaining inshore waters between the Mississippi and Texas state lines — including Louisiana’s part of the Mississippi Sound — will close at 6 p.m. Monday.

The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds and all state waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line will remain open to shrimping until further notice, a news release said Thursday.

Closing the area closer to shore will protect developing white shrimp so they can grow to more marketable sizes.

A map of the affected areas is on the department’s shrimp season webpage.

By: Associated Press

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