Louisiana’s 2017 inshore spring shrimp season set by commission

Louisiana’s inshore brown-shrimp season will have a staggered opening, beginning May 8 at 6 a.m. in Zone 2 and a week later, May 15 at 6 a.m., in Zones 1 and 3, after action taken Thursday by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. Those opening dates and times were recommended by department biologist Jeff Marx, who told the regulatory board brown shrimp have grown more quickly this year than usual due to warmer temperatures and lower-than-average rainfall. About 25 shrimpers in attendance Thursday, many of whom had addressed the commission, hailed the regulatory board’s decision to go with an earlier opening this year. Some felt the season should have been opened in April. click here to read the story 09:18