On June 3, 2021, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a notice of intent (NOI) to amend the current gear requirements for the Special Bait Dealer’s Permit. These changes would sunset on December 31, 2023.  The Special Bait Dealer’s Permit was designed for the sole purpose of providing live bait to the recreational and charter fishing sectors.  This NOI would allow those fishermen operating under the Special Bait Dealer’s Permit to utilize gear that is currently legal during the inshore shrimp season.  The intention is to increase the availability of live bait.

The following amendments to the Special Bait Dealer’s Permit will be published in the July 2021 Louisiana Register:

These amendments will expire/sunset on December 31, 2023, to allow LDWF staff to assess the impacts of these changes on the resource.

To view the full notice of intent or to submit written comments relative to the proposed rule, contact Peyton Cagle, Marine Fisheries Biologist DCL-B, Marine Fisheries Section, 1213 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601, or via e-mail to: pcagle@wlf.la.gov before September 2, 2021.  Following the public comment period, the Legislative Oversight Committees will have a 30-day period to review the amended rule and a summary of public comment provided by LDWF.  If this rule is finalized, the amended regulations will be effective in the fall of 2021.