Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopts ROLP Notice of Intent

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a notice of intent to make two key changes to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP):

  1. Increases the age requirement for this permit from 16 to 18. This is to match the new definition of ‘youth’ angler that becomes effective on June 1, 2022 with the new LDWF hunting and fishing license structure.
  2. Adds Gray Triggerfish to the list of species that require an ROLP. Currently, an ROLP is required to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo, and dolphinfish in Louisiana waters.

Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed Rule to Jason Adriance, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via e-mail to jadriance@wlf.la.gov prior to Thursday, March 3, 2022.

A copy of the Notice of Intent can be found here: https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/assets/Resources/Publications/Commission_Action_Items/ROLP_377_NOI.pdf

Who needs an ROLP?

Both private recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain this free permit (however anglers on a paid for-hire trip are exempt). This permit is required to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo, and dolphinfish in Louisiana waters (gray triggerfish will be added to this list if this rule becomes effective).

Currently, minors/youth under 16 are not required to have  an ROLP. This will change to 18 if this rule becomes effective.

Learn more about the current Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

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