Red snapper season will open in Louisiana state waters this Friday, March 20, at 12:01 a.m. and will remain open seven days per week until further notice, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
For the first time ever, all five Gulf states have banded together to create a management framework that, if ultimately approved by Congress, would finally remove the red snapper fishery from the control of the federal government.
If you want the latest on the red snapper saga as it relates to the potential coming season in the Gulf of Mexico, the commercial/recreational split and Amendment 40, you can get the latest information in a conference call slated for Thursday, Feb. 5 from 11 to 1.
The state’s recreational red snapper season will close on Dec. 31, but the opening date for 2015 has not yet been determined, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
More questions than answers remain in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s vote last month to approve Reef Fish Amendment 40, which basically divides the recreational red snapper quota between private fishermen and for-hire charter and head boat captains.
Although sector separation would essentially split the recreational quota between private anglers and charter captains, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is encouraging both groups to attend the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting Monday evening in Baton Rouge.
The looming battle between private fishermen and for-hire charter and head boat captains to help determine how the red snapper recreational quota will be divided isn’t a great scenario for either side, according to a Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council member.