(WAFB) - Blue crab fishing reopens in Louisiana on Wednesday, March 22 at 12:01 a.m. after having been closed for 30 days.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries determined in summer 2016 that the blue crab population was being over-harvested and implemented a commercial crab closure in spring for three consecutive years, beginning this year. The closure is intended to let crab populations recover.
"Our crab population has certainly declined. We've taken measures like changing the number and size of escape rings in the nets and banning the commercial harvest of immature blue female crabs. I was excited to try something fix the problem," said Daniel Edgar, owner of St. Mary Seafood in Franklin and patriarch of the Edgar family on the popular History Channel show, Swamp People.
Many restaurant owners are also looking forward to the reopening of crab fishing.
"Right now, the rivers are low; the catch should be good," said Edgar.
Edgar will be selling his catch and meeting fans at the Delcambre Seafood and Farmers Market at Bayou Carlin Cove on Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.