Louisiana anglers get a bonus red snapper season
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana anglers can now fish for red snapper seven days a week.
State Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet signed a declaration of emergency this week to expand the season from weekends-only.
The Courier reports the bonus season took effect Thanksgiving Day and will continue through noon, Dec. 31 or when the state’s remaining catch quota — 27,582 pounds (12510.9 kilograms) — is reached.
The red snapper season ran seven-days-a-week from May 24 through mid-August. It switched to weekends-only after the state’s data-collection program determined fishermen had neared the 816,439-pound limit federal officials had set for Louisiana.
The daily catch limit for snapper is two per person with a minimum total length of 16 inches.
For more information on the extended red snapper season, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper.
Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com