LDWF allowing anglers to harvest more red snapper

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Starting Monday (July 17), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has increased the daily limit for red snapper from three to four for private recreational and state-charter boat fishermen. LDWF fisheries biologist Jason Adriance says the increase is the result of a lower-than-expected harvest rate.

“Landings were a little lower than we typically see at this time of year, we’ve had some weather that’s impacted anglers in particular on weekends,” said Adriance.

Adriance says the new daily creel limit of four red snappers also applies to federal waters off Louisiana, except for federally permitted charter boats.

“So we are allowed to manage that resource in terms of our allocation, size, and bag limits, in not only in state waters, but we are delegated to do that in federal waters,” said Adriance.

Adriance says LDWF is happy to relax the regulations and give fishing opportunities back to the public.

“I hope the weather cooperates and our anglers take advantage of this added opportunity to go put some more red snappers on the plate and in the freezer,” said Adriance.

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