The state’s fishery managers announced Wednesday that Louisiana’s private recreational red snapper season will close at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.
The staff determined the closure based on the anticipated recreational catch through the Labor Day weekend would reach Louisiana’s “... historic and projected share of the total Gulf of Mexico private angler red snapper harvest.”
The state’s annual historic recreational share of red snapper is 18 percent of the Gulfwide total, or 754,000 pounds. The state season opened March 20 and included a June 1-10 season in federal waters.
The state’s extended season is the result of the LA Creel Program, which measures catch rates weekly, not on annual projections estimated by federal fisheries managers.
“This is a prime example of how this fishery should be managed across the Gulf.” LDWF secretary Robert Barham said.