The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced Wednesday that its Marine Fisheries Section is notifying all state Offshore Recreational Permit holders that changes are on the way for the remainder of the year.
Beginning with Saturday’s opening of the state recreational red snapper season, the LDWF release stated all offshore fishermen landing at Louisiana ports “will see an increased presence by LDWF biologists at public boat ramps conducting creel surveys specific to red snapper.”
These surveys will be separate from the federal Marine Recreational Information Program surveys of recreational anglers in past years, and “will be short and aimed at quantifying how many red snapper are landed in Louisiana.”
The release further states that the LDWF will conduct random five-questions surveys by phone of noncharter Recreational Offshore Permit holders beginning Tuesday afternoons following the three-day open weekends, or Wednesdays after the four-day weekends (Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays) during the recreational red snapper season.
The randomly selected group of noncharter permit holders will be notified by e-mail each Wednesday before the weekend season about their selections. Those selected permit holders will have the option to answer all five questions by email reply before noon Tuesday following the weekend season to avoid receiving the phone call.
The LDWF release further stated: “These surveys are intended to monitor the catch of red snapper from Louisiana waters during the state waters red snapper season.”