The season will open as follows:
- One-half hour before sunrise - Monday, August 18 - inside waters from the western shore of the Atchafalaya River and the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line
- 6 p.m., Monday, August 18 - state inside waters east of the Atchafalaya River
However, certain areas are still closed to commercial fishing and certain recreational fishing activities due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Maps of the areas that remain closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.
Preliminary Louisiana shrimp landings statistics provided by NOAA Fisheries Service indicate that approximately 17.7 million pounds of shrimp were landed in Louisiana from Jan. through June.
There is also a tow time regulations reminder - Federal Turtle Excluder Device regulations require skimmer net fishermen to limit tow times. Maximum tow times are 55 minutes from April 1 to Oct. 31 and increase to 75 minutes from Nov. 1 to March 31.
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