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Recreational Greater Amberjack State, Federal Fishing Season to Reopen May 1 to May 31, 2024

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The federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a reopening for the recreational Greater Amberjack fishery from May 1 until May 31, 2024, and also from September 1, 2024, through October 31, 2024.  The Greater Amberjack recreational season was originally scheduled to be closed for the month of…

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Recreational Gag Grouper State, Federal Fishing Season to Close October 19

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The federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued an emergency season modification for the recreational Gag Grouper fishery, which closes the fishery at 12:01 a.m. on October 19. The Gag Grouper recreational season was originally scheduled to close on November 9, 2023.  The fishery will remain closed until…

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The LWFC Amends Notice of Intent Modifying Spotted Seatrout Size And Bag Limits

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The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) amended the Notice of Intent (NOI) to change spotted seatrout size and bag limits.  The commission proposes to amend the original Notice of Intent to a minimum size limit of 13 inches and establish a maximum size limit of 20 inches with an allowance for…

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LDWF Increasing Red Snapper Daily Creel Limit to Four Fish

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Shadoin signed a declaration of emergency to increase the daily creel limit for recreationally harvested red snapper from three to four fish effective Monday, July 17, 2023 thereby maximizing the allowable bag limit delegated to Louisiana under state management. The increase…

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Louisiana Private Recreational Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through June 25, 2023

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Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) released the latest private recreational red snapper landing estimates through June 25, 2023. LA Creel, LDWF’s near real-time landings data collection program, indicates that 191,965 pounds, or 20.5 percent, of Louisiana’s 2023 annual private recreational allocation of 934,587 pounds have been…

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LWF Commission Adopted a Notice of Intent to Modify Red Drum Size and Bag Limits

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The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted a Notice of Intent (NOI) to change the red drum size limit from a 16-inch minimum size limit and a 27-inch maximum size limit to an 18-inch minimum size limit total length and a 24-inch maximum size limit total length. The red…

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Louisiana Private Recreational Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through June 18, 2023

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Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) released the latest private recreational red snapper landing estimates through June 18, 2023. LA Creel, LDWF’s near real-time landings data collection program, indicates that 141,994 pounds, or 15.2 percent, of Louisiana’s 2023 annual private recreational allocation of 934,587 pounds have been…

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Louisiana’s Fishing Disaster Determination Wins Federal Support

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Today, Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the agency supports Louisiana’s request that a fishing disaster be declared for portions of the state’s saltwater finfish, oyster, and shrimping industries due to revenue losses caused by the 2020 hurricanes. The announcement, made in concert with the National Oceanic and…

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