L.D.W.F. ISSUES A REMINDER ABOUT NEW REGULATIONS FOR VERMILION SNAPPER

Release Date: 04/25/2006

In December 2005, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a rule modifying regulations on the harvest of vermilion snapper in Louisiana state waters. 


The minimum size for vermilion snapper for both recreational and commercial harvesters was increased to 11 inches. 


An annual closed season was established for commercial harvesters from April 22 through May 31 of each year.


Vermilion snapper remain part of a 20 fish per person aggregate bag limit for vermilion, lane, gray triggerfish, almaco jack, goldface tilefish, tilefish, blackline tilefish, anchor tilefish and blueline tilefish.  However, not more than 10 vermilion snapper per person may be included in that bag limit.


This news release is provided as a reminder of these new regulations.


The commission's actions ensure that regulations in state waters will complement regulations of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for federally managed waters.  NMFS and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council typically request consistent regulations for Louisiana waters to enhance effectiveness and enforceability of regulations.


For more information, contact Harry Blanchet at 225-765-2889 or hblanchet@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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