State Extends Fishery Closure to East Grand Terre

Release Date: 06/28/2013

June 28, 2013 – Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced a fisheries closure effective immediately for additional areas of Grand Terre Islands.
 
Tar mats located during ongoing surveys were removed this week in the intertidal and subtidal areas of Grand Terre Islands.  Some of those mats were in areas that are already closed, however some additional closures were required. 
 
The area closed is as follows:
 
That portion of state outside waters seaward a distance of one-half mile from the shoreline from the southwestern shore of east Grand Terre at -89 degrees 54 minutes 04 seconds west longitude; thence eastward along the shoreline to the southeastern shore of Grand Terre at -89 degrees 51 minutes 39 seconds west longitude; thence eastward along 29 degrees 18 minutes 46 seconds north latitude to -89 degrees 51 minutes 19 seconds west longitude.
 
Effective with the closure, no person shall take/possess or attempt to take any species of fish for commercial purposes from waters within the closed area.  The possession, sale, barter, trade or exchange of any fish or other aquatic life from the closed area during the closure is prohibited. 
 
All commercial fishing is prohibited in the closed areas. Recreational fishing is limited to recreational rod and reel fishing which includes licensed charter boat guides.
Prohibited Commercial Fishing Activities:

  • shrimping
  • trawling
  • skimming
  • butterflying
  • crabbing
  • flounder and garfish gigging
  • cast netting
  • oyster harvesting
  • gill netting
  • hoop netting
  • minnow trapping
  • rod and reeling
  • jug lining
  • bow and arrow
  • purse seining
  • set lining
  • spear gunning

Prohibited Recreational Fishing Activities:

  • crabbing
  • shrimping
  • flounder gigging
  • cast netting
  • bait seining
  • bow fishing
  • spearing
  • snagging
  • dip netting

Closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists and staff. 
 
Click here for a map detailing this closure:
 
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