Louisiana: anglers’ red snapper season to end with year

Fishing and Hunting

FILE – In this May 16, 2012, file photo, fresh red snapper is iced and ready for sale at Aquila Seafood in Bon Secour, Ala. The group that manages Gulf of Mexico fishing in federal waters says states can keep managing anglers’ catch of red snapper. The popular sport and table fish is still recovering from nearly disastrous overfishing. The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council announced the decision Thursday, April 4, 2019 in Biloxi, Mississippi. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

BATON ROUGE, La.(AP) – (12/22/19) The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says it looks as if the recreational red snapper season will continue until 11:59 p.m. New Year’s Eve.

A news release Friday said surveys indicate that 98% of the state’s quota had been caught as of Dec. 8, with about 16,100 pounds remaining. If that’s all caught before Dec. 31, the season will end earlier.

Louisiana’s recreational season was weekends only for most of the year. But in early November, Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet expanded it to all-week.

A news release Friday said surveys indicate that 98% of the state’s quota had been caught as of Dec. 8, with about 16,100 pounds remaining. If that’s all caught before Dec. 31, the season will end earlier.

Louisiana’s recreational season was weekends only for most of the year. But in early November, Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet expanded it to all-week.

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