Finfish

LDWF preliminary findings show flooding affecting shellfish, finfish

Photo of a typical landscape of the Atchafalaya River Basin

The recent Louisiana high water events along with the opening of the Bonne Carre’ Spillway are having a noticeable effect on the state’s supply of oysters, shrimp, crab and finfish, according to preliminary assessments from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). Preliminary results from monitoring of commercial harvest…

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June Council Update

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met last week in Destin, Florida. The following is a brief overview of what was accomplished:  Data Collection Advisory Panel The Council populated its Data Collection Advisory Panel (AP) and created its charge. The charge is “To review and evaluate data collection and…

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Gulf Council recommends a new commercial trip limit for greater amberjack

greater amberjack

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on a Framework amendment that considers reducing the commercial trip limit for greater amberjack. The Council decided to reduce the trip limit to 1000 pounds gutted weight. When 75% of the annual catch target is met, the trip limit will…

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Greater Amberjack Commercial Season Reopens June 1, Closes June 9

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Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2019 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack in Louisiana State waters will close on Sunday, June 9, at 12:01 a.m. after a brief re-opening on June 1st.  The commercial season is currently closed through May 31 st  due to…

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Gulf Council Suggests Modifications to Red Grouper ACL and ACT

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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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LWF Commission Sets 2019 Recreational Red Snapper Season

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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

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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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