RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER SEASON TO CLOSE IN STATE WATERS AT MIDNIGHT OCTOBER 31

October 27, 2004

The season for the recreational harvest of red snapper in Louisiana state waters will close at midnight, October 31, 2004, to coincide with season dates in adjacent federal waters.
The red snapper fishery off the coast of Louisiana is cooperatively managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, and the National Marine Fisheries Service with advice from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

NMFS has established a recreational quota for red snapper of 4.47 million pounds for the Gulf of Mexico. NMFS has announced that the recreational red snapper season in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will close at 12:01 a.m. November 1, 2004, when the recreational red snapper projected to be filled. The season will remain closed until 12:01 a.m. April 21, 2005.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set recreational red snapper season dates at their January 2004 meeting, based on the recreational seasons in federal waters At that meeting, they also gave the authority to the secretary of the department the authority to modify the opening and closing of state waters if he is notified that the opening and closing dates of federal waters are changed from the previously announced dates.

For more information contact Harry Blanchet at 225/765-2366 hblanchet@wlf.louisiana.gov

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