Time To Go Shrimping, Louisiana

Picture of a fishing boatSerious debates about the opening of the fall shrimping season has kept the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission busy recently. Small-boat shrimpers have asked that the season to be pushed forward, while deep water shrimpers want a later start to the season.

The debate was focused on when market-sized shrimp appeared in estuaries versus when the shrimp reached a size that commanded a bigger price. On July 23rd, the commission voted on and agreed to a date that was between the two parties’ preferred start times. August 17th at 6 am has been marked as the official start of the season.

How Important Is Shrimping To Louisiana?

As a part of the Louisiana cuisine, shrimp are very critical. Our state can bring in almost 500,000 pounds of the little crustaceans from January through May, and we supply a large portion of the US with their supplies. The industry also provides many jobs for seaman here in the Gulf of Mexico.

As you head out, remember that state enforcement agents can now enforce federal regulations on turtle excluder devices (TED), and be sure you know your rights. The lawyers of Galloway Jefcoat have years of experience with maritime law. For more information, follow our blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Source: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons



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