Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham, announced an emergency two-week closure of the fall shrimp season in portions of inside waters within Terrebonne Parish beginning at 6:00 pm August 27 and ending at 6:00 pm September 10.
The closure includes state inside waters from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the channel red buoy eastward to a line beginning at 90 degrees 48 minutes 00 seconds west longitude; thence northward to 29 degrees 08 minutes 00 seconds north latitude; thence eastward along 29 degrees 08 minutes 00 seconds north latitude to 90 degrees 40 minutes 00 seconds west longitude to the eastern shore of the Houma Navigation Canal; thence northward along the eastern shore of the Houma Navigation Canal.
Recent biological samples taken by Office of Fisheries biologists in that portion of state inside waters to close indicate that large numbers of small sublegal size shrimp are present in these waters and the season is being temporarily closed to allow sufficient time for these shrimp to grow to marketable sizes. All remaining state inside waters shall remain open to shrimping.
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