Louisiana’s coastal waters provide some of the most productive natural habitats in the world, creating an environment that nurtures dozens of abundant finfish species from spotted seatrout and black drum to sheepshead and shark. A number of offshore finfish species (managed by federal authorities) such as amberjack, snapper, grouper, and yellowfin tuna are also landed in Louisiana. These finfish resources provide tremendous opportunities for commercial fishing, making Louisiana a major source of domestic seafood for the United States.
Louisiana Finfish Task Force
The Louisiana Finfish Task Force (representatives from commercial and recreational finfish fisheries and relevant state agencies) was established to study and monitor the finfish industry and to make recommendations to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, LDWF, and other state agencies for the maximization of benefit from that industry for the state of Louisiana and its citizens.
LDWF Announces Oyster Sack Limit Reduction in Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area
LDWF has announced that the daily take and possession limit of oysters shall not exceed 10 sacks in Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area effective one-half hour after sunrise next Friday (Oct. 30, 2020). Biological data collected post hurricanes Laura and Delta have indicated reduced oyster stocks in Calcasieu Lake.
LDWF to extend accepting applications for $14.6 million COVID-19 relief funds
Due to the impacts of hurricanes Laura and Delta, LDWF is extending the application deadline by a month for the $14.6 million in financial assistance available to Louisiana's fishing industry hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.
CARES Act application deadline is Oct. 26; LDWF reminds commercial fishermen to submit applications
LDWF reminds the state's fishermen and others in the industry affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic that the deadline is 11:59 p.m. Oct. 26 to apply for financial aid through an LDWF-managed federal funding program.