- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission says the state’s spring inshore shrimp season will open statewide at 6 a.m. on May 23.

The commission voted unanimously Thursday to go against state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries data showing the season should be opened earlier in the Barataria, Timbalier, Terrebonne and Vermilion-Teche basins.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1TLymlt ) it’s the second straight year that the opening won’t be staggered among the state’s shrimp zones.

Shrimpers at the meeting said a staggered opening encourages boats from other areas to follow the season opener, cleaning out productive bays much more quickly. A statewide opening keeps most shrimpers closer to their home basins.

The portion of state outside waters from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou also opens May 23.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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