In a special meeting held Monday, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted to suspend the state’s seven-day-a-week recreational red snapper season in state waters in favor of the all-waters (out to 200 miles) Friday-through-Sunday recreational season. So, the new season means Monday-through-Thursday catches are banned in state waters.

Also posted were the new red snapper-season dates for private recreational anglers. The season began Friday and its first weekend ends Sunday with subsequent dates including June 23-25, June 30-July 4, July 7-9, July 14-16, July 21-23, July 28-30, Aug. 4-6, Aug. 11-13, Aug. 18-20, Aug. 25-27 and Sept. 1-4. Note the July 3-4 and Sept. 4 are weekends lengthened by national holidays.

The commission also agreed to allow state Wildlife and Fisheries' secretary Jack Montoucet to close state waters (out to nine miles) if Louisiana’s self-imposed 14 percent of the total Gulfwide recreational catch (Louisiana’s historic annual take) occurs before Sept. 4, a declaration that would curtail any hopes of a fall season in state waters.

The commission further stated, “If the catch limit is not met by Sept. 4, there could be a fall red snapper season in state waters until the catch limit is met.”