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Researchers independent of NOAA will conduct a Gulf-wide stock assessment of red snapper, which for the first time will include surveys of oil rigs, structures and artificial reefs.

New Gulf red snapper stock assessment to be conducted independent of NOAA

Updated assessment methodology to include remote cameras, surveys of artificial reefs and oil rigs
March 16 at 3:57pm
Red dots represent rigs inside the 9-nautical-mile state water boundary, while green dots represent rigs in federal waters. Clicking on a rig shows its information, in this case a rig in West Delta Block 112 that is inside state waters.

Website for La. red snapper anglers delineates rigs in state, federal waters

Fishermen can more easily determine if they are within 9-nautical-mile boundary
March 09 at 3:26pm
This screen shot was taken from a video showing a Grand Isle-based commercial fisherman's long line filled with red snapper.

Video: Commercial red snapper haul

February 16 at 2:12pm
Plans are still being finalized, but CCA-Louisiana's David Cresson on Thursday confirmed that a corporate sponsorship had been secured and the popular TAG Louisiana program will continue.

CCA-Louisiana: Popular TAG Louisiana program to continue

Corporate sponsorship secured; Cresson tells volunteers to 'keep on tagging'
January 12 at 5:20pm
The Louisiana recreational red snapper season kicks off in state waters on Wednesday, Feb. 1, according to the LDWF.

State season for red snapper begins Feb. 1

Two fish per person limit; season will run until further notice, LDWF says
January 05 at 3:33pm
Charlie Melancon, the secretary of the LDWF, tendered his resignation effective Dec. 31, citing problems with employees within the agency, CCA and the state's outdoor writers in hindering his attempts to bring about reform.

LDWF’s Melancon tenders resignation effective Dec. 31

Embattled secretary cites CCA, outdoor writers and ‘individuals within the department’ as problems
December 22, 2016 at 11:35am
Hopefully, Gov. John Bel Edwards will name a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary who will be more conscious of issues important to Louisiana's sportsmen than Charlie Melancon.

Commentary: Melancon debacle should be lesson in LDWF appointment

Next agency head should have connection with constituency
December 19, 2016 at 4:50am
The resignation of LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon was confirmed last night by Gov. Jon Bel Edwards, but the agency head will remain in office until a replacement is named.

Melancon's resignation confirmed, but he's not going anywhere yet

Embattled agency head to stay on until LDWF replacement found, spokesman says
December 15, 2016 at 8:28am
LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon has reportedly been asked to resign.

LDWF's Melancon asked to resign, source says

Controversial agency secretary 'still coming to work,' anonymous source reveals
December 14, 2016 at 4:33pm

Recreational weekend-only red snapper season ends in state waters

Season officially closes on Thursday evening, LDWF says
December 14, 2016 at 3:41pm
The TAG Louisiana program, a study that uses volunteers to both tag fish and report recaptures, is being axed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries because the department says it isn't delivering useful information to biologists.

LDWF to axe TAG Louisiana program

CCA-Louisiana surprised by the move, Cresson says
December 01, 2016 at 9:25am
Simple tackle is all that is needed to catch bull reds once they are located. Both men used spinning reels.

Bulling it out — How to catch and clean big reds

While most Louisiana anglers turn their noses up at bull reds, this guide says they offer great winter action. And a New Orleans chef knows they make excellent table fare — if prepared correctly.
December 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Robert Barham, who served as secretary of the LDWF from 2008 to 2016, responded to allegations in a leaked audit report and said he personally saw no evidence of any misappropriation of BP oil spill funds during his tenure at the department.

Former LDWF secretary refutes alleged misappropriation of BP funds

Barham addresses preliminary audit findings leaked earlier this summer
October 20, 2016 at 10:38am
When the surf’s up, kayakers need to paddle swiftly and directly into the breaking waves. Once across the sandbar, things settle down — until the return to the beach.

Kayak snapper

These kayakers like a challenge
October 18, 2016 at 12:55am