COMMERCIAL FISHING FOR RED SNAPPER TO REMAIN OPEN UNTIL NOON, DECEMBER 26

Release Date: 12/07/2006

The fall commercial fishing season for red snapper in Louisiana state waters will be extended through noon Dec. 26, 2006, unless Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Bryant Hammett is informed by the regional administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that the season date in federal waters has been modified. 


Secretary Hammett made the decision as authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at their Jan. 5, 2006 meeting.  Secretary Hammett acted following notification by the NMFS that federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will be opened for the commercial harvest of red snapper through noon, Dec. 26.


The commercial fishery for red snapper in Louisiana waters will re-open at noon, Dec. 31, 2006, unless the LDWF secretary is informed by the NMFS regional administrator that season dates in federal waters have been modified. 


Nothing herein shall preclude the legal harvest of red snapper by legally licensed commercial fisherman during open commercial seasons.  Upon closure, no person shall commercially harvest, purchase, barter, trade, sell or attempt to purchase, barter, trade or sell red snapper.  Nothing shall prohibit the possession or sale of fish legally taken prior to the closure providing that all commercial dealers possessing red snapper taken legally prior to the closure shall maintain appropriate records in accordance with R.S. 56:306.5 and R.S. 56:306.6.


For more information, contact Harry Blanchet at 225-765-2889 or hblanchet@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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