- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State fisheries regulators say the 2014 spring inshore shrimp season in Louisiana will close at one-half hour after sunset on Thursday.

The closure affects state inside waters extending from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the River Channel Buoy Line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal.

Data collected by Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp taken in trawl samples within those waters. The department said Friday the closure decision was made to help protect developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.

All remaining state inside waters, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line, will remain open until further notice.

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