Sunday’s story about a proposed Exempted Fishing Permit for this year’s recreational red snapper season brought how, when and why calls.

To answer the most asked question, anglers will not be required to report their catches, that the state’s federally certified LA Creel program will be able, as proven during the past seasons, to adequately estimate the catch of private and charter fishermen, although there will be an option to report catches.

An invitation-only meeting for user groups will be held Jan. 16 by the state’s fisheries staff, and the state’s final EFP request must be in the hands of federal fisheries managers by 11 a.m. Jan. 18.

The full (but not final) EFP is posted on the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ website: wlf.louisiana.gov. Find the “Red Snapper Management” page, then scroll down to the listing “Securing an exempted fishing permit from NOAA Fisheries,” and you can read Louisiana’s EFP proposal by clicking on “draft proposal.”

Secure a grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has plans to dole out $10 million in what managers call “Conservation Innovation Grants” to identify “innovative conservation strategies and technologies in three focus areas: grazing lands, organic systems and soil health.”

The grants will be coming through the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and requirements will be outlined Jan. 11 (today) in a webinar: https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/r9kw5j070vuq/

Once at that site, click on the “guest” option to get the information.

Don’t do this

Seven men from Cameron, Gueydan and Bell City were cited and face heavy fines and as much as $10,212 in civil restitution costs after allegedly taking 198 geese between Dec. 21-25.

Their names will be listed upon conviction, but they are accused of killing geese from a vehicle and from a public road. At least one of the men had no hunting license nor state and federal waterfowl stamps, and using an unplugged shotgun.

Their activities were reported on the Wildlife and Fisheries’ hotline, (800) 442-2511.