Fishing for Red Snapper to Remain Open Until Dec. 31
commercial fishing season for red snapper in Louisiana state
waters will be extended until noon on Dec. 31, 2005, unless
the secretary is informed by the regional administrator of
the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that the season
date in federal waters has been modified.
no person shall commercially harvest, purchase, barter, trade,
sell or attempt to purchase, barter, trade or sell red snapper.
Nothing shall prohibit the possession or sale of fish legally
taken prior to the closure providing that all commercial dealers
possessing red snapper taken legally prior to the closure
shall maintain appropriate records in accordance with R.S.
56:306.5 and R.S. 56:306.6.
to NMFS, 1,504,704 pounds of the commercial quota for red
snapper for the 2005 season is still available for harvest.
Extending the season until Dec. 31 will allow commercial harvesters
access to these resources.
requested consistent regulations for Louisiana waters to enhance
effectiveness and enforceability of regulations.