Louisiana Sets 2017 Recreational Red Snapper Season
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced the 2017 recreational red snapper fishing season in state waters will begin on February 1, 2017, and remain open until further notice. The season will run seven days a week in state waters with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length.
Last year, Louisiana anglers had 272 days of opportunity for red snapper fishing during a combined state and federal season.
Coastal Conservation Association appoints Corry Landry as Regional Director for Southwest Louisiana
Baton Rouge – Corry Landry has joined CCA Louisiana as the organization’s new Southwest Regional Director. Landry has worked as a Health, Safety and Environmental Manager in the oil and gas industry for the past 21 years. His first day at CCA will be January 3rd.
"We are very excited to have Corry join the CCA team," said CCA Louisiana Executive Director David Cresson. "As we continue to grow and expand our efforts throughout the state, Corry’s addition to our staff will allow us to better serve our members. His experience as one of the founding members of the Sugar chapter will help us further our mission of conserving Louisiana's marine resources."
Wildlife & Fisheries to kill TAG Louisiana program
By Todd Masson, NOLA.com | November 30, 2016
The recreational fishing community has taken another hit from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and this one's going to leave a mark. Beginning in January, the agency will discontinue most of the popular TAG Louisiana program, a coastwide study that relies on volunteer anglers to tag fish and report recaptures.
Assistant Secretary Patrick Banks, head of the department's Office of Fisheries, said administrators made the decision because the program isn't delivering useful information for agency biologists.
"The tagging program provides no meaningful fisheries management data for the department," he said in response to a list of questions emailed by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.
A One-Day Snapper Season?
It’s time for Charlie Melancon to stand up for Louisiana anglers
Federal fisheries management at the Gulf Council is set to fail Louisiana’s recreational anglers again… and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon is supporting that failure.
At the Gulf Council meeting held the week of October 17 in Biloxi, NOAA Fisheries staff reported that their data indicates recreational fishermen may exceed this year’s snapper quota. Federal managers suggested that state-water seasons are to blame despite the Gulf States’ fisheries management agencies developing data collection programs far superior to the flawed federal process.
ACTION ALERT: Let LDWF Hear Your Voice
Melancon chooses Gulf Council over real progress
Shuns Louisiana Congressmen, WLF Commissioners, other Gulf States and anglers everywhere
At the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Thursday, a room full of CCA members and concerned anglers heard reports and gave testimony centering around Secretary Charlie Melancon's disappointing opposition to Congressman Garret Graves H.R. 3094, the Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Management Authority Act.
For years, conservationists and recreational anglers have been frustrated by the failed federal management system under the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. As a result of Council actions, private individuals now own more than 70% of the Gulf red snapper stock, leaving millions of recreational anglers scrambling for the leftovers. The result in 2016 was a nine-day federal red snapper season.
CCA Louisiana, Partners Build First Phase of West End Reef
CCA Louisiana, along with Chevron, Pontchartrain Materials and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) hosted volunteers and media members to view the installation of the first phase of the West End Reef in New Orleans.
Construction began early Tuesday on the reef, which is comprised of roughly 2,200 tons of recycled limestone and crushed concrete. This first phase of the reef will create fish habitat for the area as part of a plan by Orleans Parish to revitalize West End. Plans call for the boat launch to be refurbished, a large fishing pier to be constructed, and other improvements in an effort to bring families back to the area. The once vibrant gathering place was heavily damaged in Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and has been relatively dormant since then.