BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission says state inshore waters will open for shrimping at 6 a.m. May 18.
Most outside waters are already open. So are the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds.
The May 18 opening covers inside waters and state outside waters out to 3 nautical miles from shore between the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island and the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal.
May 18 is when biologists think at least half of the inshore brown shrimp will be at least 100 per count or larger.
The department reminds shrimpers that federal turtle regulations require skimmer net fishermen to limit tow times. Maximum tow times are 55 minutes from April through October and increase to 75 minutes from November through March.