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Shrimp barge's

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Anybody with any info about shrimp barge's that you can put out during shrimp season,And where is it legal?
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It is in my opinion that non-motored barges are not leagal for shrimping in Louisiana.
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   chris31
I don't know the law about non motorized shrimp barges in La. but for a very long time there was one tied up in Chaland Pass.... Don't know if legal or not..
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   papa-p
They have a whole bunch south of Big Lake.
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   coby1759
It's legal they have some that I've seen and they have number's on them.Must be legal?
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I've never seen or heard of this. How does it work and exactly what is it?
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   chris31
I don't shrimp but I have seen the barge in action on the pass East of Grand Isle. The guys have nets on arms on the barge. They tow the barge out and anchor down in the pass when shrimp are present. When the tide is moving in or out hard they let the nets down on both sides , wait ande pull the arms up and remove shrimp. The shrimp are moving in and out with the tide and swim into the net. Gives plenty of time to stand on the barge and drink beer!
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don't know what a shrimp barge is! but it must be a barge with popeiers(pope-p-airs) french, on it! at pt aux chene, they have the same thing, but they are on platforms! if those are legal, don't know why shrimp barges would be illegal, not sure!!!!!!!!! and i know the ldwf sees them, cause they are not to far from their camp!!!!!!
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   chbaker
THis is copied from the WLF commercial fisheries book:
"Butterfly and Skimmer Nets:
1. Butterfly and skimmer nets with a mesh size less than 5/8 inch bar or 1 1/4 inches stretched are prohibited. Butterfly and skimmer nets cannot have a mess size less than 3/4 inch bar or one and one-half inches stretched during the fall inshore shrimp season for the area of Zone 2 from the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island to the Atchafalaya River.
2. A single stationary butterfly net measuring more than 22 feet vertically or horizontally, or double butterfly nets having individual nets measuring more than 12 feet vertically or horizontally are prohibited, unless double butterfly nets are used on a vessel, in which case each individual net can measure no more than 12 feet vertically by 16 feet horizontally. No person on a vessel shall use a double skimmer net having an individual net frame more than 16 feet measured horizontally or 12 feet measured vertically, or 20 feet measured diagonally, or with a lead line measuring more than 28 feet for each net. Reinforcement framing attached to the net frame shall not be considered in determining the dimensions of a double skimmer. A skimmer or butterfly net may be mounted no more then 24 inches from the side of the vessel. Individual nets cannot be tied together. Operation of butterfly and skimmer nets shall in no way impede normal navigation.
3. No person shall use sweeper devices, leads, extensions, wings or other attachments in conjunction with or attached to butterfly nets or skimmer nets.
4. No net or beam trawl used for taking fish or shrimp from the saltwater areas of the state shall be left unattended as defined in R.S. 56:8(102) except such legal nets or trawls which are attached to a wharf at a camp and which are tagged with an LDWF tag issued in conjunction with the gear being used.
5. Fishing with a butterfly net shall be prohibited in inside waters during the closed season.
6. No butterfly net or bottom net may be suspended from a piling, float, barge, raft, bridge or shore installation in the Rigolets or Chef Menteur Pass or in those portions of Lake Pontchartrain or Lake Borgne which are within two miles of the Rigolets or the Chef Menteur Pass. However, in the Chef Menteur Pass a properly licensed single butterfly net measuring not more than 22 feet by 22 feet may be suspended from a wharf which has been approved by the U.S. Corps of Engineers and which is attached to privately owned or leased immovable property, or to a structure that is not attached to privately owned or leased property if the owner has possessed a permit for such structure from the U.S. Corps of Engineers prior to 1988, provided that the owner or leaseholder is present on the immovable property or permitted structure at all times that the net is in the water.
7. Butterfly nets may be used for the taking of shrimp in Calcasieu Lake, Calcasieu River, Grand Bayou and Calcasieu Ship Channel, all within Cameron Parish only, in the daytime and in the nighttime, during open season.
8. All butterfly nets located in East and West Passes of the Calcasieu River, in Grand Bayou and in Oyster Bayou, all within Cameron Parish only, shall be tagged with a tag listing the fisherman’s name, address and butterfly net license number. This tag shall be attached to the net, frame or any other structure or part directly attached to the net or frame in such a manner that it is above the water at all times. This tag shall be of readable size, easily visible and with letters at least three inches high and of appropriate width.
9. No person may operate a stationary shrimp net within 1,000 feet upstream from another stationary shrimp net that is attached to or moored to a wharf or platform permitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. However, if two permitted wharves or platforms are located within 1,000 feet of each other, the owner of the upstream wharf or platform may attach a stationary shrimp net if any one of the following applies:
a. This permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was issued prior to Aug. 15, 2004.
b. His permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was issued prior to the permit for the downstream wharf or platform.
c. The owner of the downstream wharf or platform does not operate a stationary shrimp net.
10. A stationary shrimp net is any net for taking shrimp including butterfly or skimmer net that is attached to the water bottom, bank, or fixed structure.
11. When a butterfly net located in West or East Pass of the Calcasieu River, in Oyster Bayou or in Grand Bayou, all within Cameron Parish, is not being fished, all of the following shall apply:
a. Any object to which the net is attached or mounted solely for purposes of fishing, including but not limited to any unmanned boat or vessel, floating platform, pontoon or barge, shall be moved from the waterway and relocated adjacent to the shoreline in a manner which shall not present an obstruction or hazard to navigation.
b. Any anchor or weight used to secure in the waterway the net or any object to which it is attached or mounted solely for purposes of fishing, including but not limited to any unmanned boat or vessel, floating platform, pontoon or barge, shall be removed from the waterbottom.
c. Any rope, line, chain or other device used to connect to the shoreline the net and any object to which it is attached or mounted solely for purposes of fishing, including but not limited to any unmanned boat or vessel, floating platform, pontoon or barge, shall be prohibited. However, the prohibition expressed herein shall not apply when such rope, line, chain or other device is being used to secure, when not in use, such net and any object to which it is attached or mounted
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adjacent to the shoreline in a manner which shall not present an obstruction or hazard to navigation.
d. Any butterfly net, whether or not it is being fished, that is not marked for identification so that the person owning or responsible for such net can be identified shall be considered contraband. Any agent finding the contraband butterfly net shall immediately seize and take it into custody and may obtain from a judge of any court in the parish where the butterfly net was found an ex parte order forfeiting the contraband and ordering its destruction. An agent of the department or an authorized employee who seizes items as provided in this paragraph is immune from liability and from suit for seizure and destruction of a butterfly net."
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chbaker, i guess you told us!!
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   lafisher
How about a spot on this site called"ASK AN AGENT" so we will all know for sure and not just get others interpretation of what the BOOK says.
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   coby1759
Thank's for the info,Now on to L.D.W.F
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   coby1759
Man now that's a good idea.
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   Dr. Spot
DWLF has a lot of restrictions (but with grandfather clauses, Louisiana politics obviously). Seems like an environmentally friendly and cheap way to catch shrimp, I hope one day they remove those restrictions.
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   eman(R)
I only see one problem with ask an agent.
If you ask 3 different agents the same question ,(unless it's something written in stone , like limits) you risk getting 3 different answers.
To many wildlife laws are open for interpritation.
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