Louisiana Recreational Reef Fish Management Plan

Currently, LDWF manages the recreational red snapper fishery in Louisiana’s state waters. NOAA Fisheries is responsible for managing this fishery in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, based on recommendations from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

In June 2016 and again in April 2017, LDWF made a proposal to the Council to allow the state to manage the recreational red snapper fishery in both state and federal waters off Louisiana’s coast. This proposal is one of a number of options LDWF has been pursuing to help Louisiana’s recreational fishermen gain better access to red snapper in the Gulf. The Council approved this proposal, along with similar ones for the other Gulf states, and started developing fishery management plan amendments to facilitate individual state management of the recreational red snapper fishery in the Gulf. In April 2019, the Council voted to approve these amendments, delegating management authority of private recreational red snapper fishing to each state beginning with the 2020 season.

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What’s the story on red snapper?

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What’s the latest on these amendments?

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