- Associated Press - Saturday, July 19, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana wildlife and fisheries regulators say the 2014 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Monday in state inside waters except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds and a portion of Mississippi Sound.

This action closes shrimping in inside waters within the Mermentau, Calcasieu and Sabine rivers basins extending from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line and in Lake Borgne located in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.

Data collected in recent weeks indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within those waters. The decision to close the waters was made to protect developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.

All state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice. For more information, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet Aug. 7 to consider opening dates for the fall inshore shrimp season.

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