Louisiana Charter-For-Hire Fishery
For-hire operators/charter vessels derive income from taking recreational fishermen to saltwater areas to take and retain legal species of fish.
Louisiana Fisheries Forward (LFF), in conjunction with the Louisiana Charter Boat Association (LCBA), will host a series of educational meetings for inshore recreational for-hire captains September 12, 13, 14, and 18.
Discussion topics include the importance of the LaCreel Recreational Survey; current charter captain license requirements, including insurance; opportunities for reaching new customers; and a Q & A with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana Sea Grant staff.
KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces new management measures to rebuild the gray triggerfish stock in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf), which is currently overfished (stock abundance is too low).
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the commercial fishing season for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks will open in Louisiana waters at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2018. Federal waters will also open in the Gulf of Mexico at this time.