Commercial Fishing

Shrimp Season to Open April 25 in a Portion of State Outside Waters

April 25, 2019 shrimp opening map

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the portion of state outside waters between Calliou Boca and the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island shall reopen to shrimping at 12:00 p.m. on April 25, 2019. The closure area is defined as follows: The eastern boundary line originates…

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LWF Commission Un-designates a Portion of Public Oyster Seed Grounds

oyster shells

At its April meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission undesignated a portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River. This action will not occur until the first lottery phase of the oyster moratorium lifting process commences. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will continue considering…

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Gulf Council Suggests Modifications to Red Grouper ACL and ACT

fishing rods on a boat

At its meeting this week in Biloxi, Mississippi, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action to modify the red grouper annual catch limits and annual catch targets. The Council chose to set the red grouper annual catch limits and annual catch targets based on landings from the…

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Gulf Council Suggests Modifications to the Shrimp Effort Threshold

shrimp boat in Gulf of Mexico at dusk

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in Biloxi, Mississippi, and took final action on Shrimp Amendment 18. The Council selected to reduce the allowable shrimp effort to 60% below the baseline years and revise the framework procedure to allow future effort reduction goals through the standard open framework…

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LWF Commission Sets 2019 Recreational Red Snapper Season

fishing rods on a boat

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced the 2019 recreational red snapper season will begin on Friday, May 24 in both state and federal waters.  The season will run weekends only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday including the Monday of Memorial Day and the Thursday of Fourth of July) with a daily…

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LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses To Be Available At Field Offices

Sunset on the Gulf of Mexico

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new and renewals of commercial fishing licenses and motorboat registration from the following locations: Bourg Office April 23-25, 2019 467 Texas Gulf Road Bourg, LA 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. New Orleans Office April 30-May 2, 2019 2045 Lakeshore Drive Suite…

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2019 Red Snapper For-Hire Season Announced

Thu Bui holding caught red snapper

WHAT/WHEN: The 2019 red snapper fishing season for federally permitted for-hire vessels is 62 days in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Season dates are: Federally Permitted For-Hire Vessels: June 1, 2019, 12:01 a.m., local time, until August 2, 2019, at 12:01 a.m., local time. Private Anglers Note:  The…

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New Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper and Hogfish Catch Limits

image of hogfish swimming by Andrew David

KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries published a final rule to increase the commercial and recreational annual catch limits and recreational annual catch targets for Gulf of Mexico red snapper, as well as reduce the stock annual catch limit for west Florida hogfish, based on recent stock assessments. WHEN THE RULE WILL…

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