New Offshore Fishing Rules For Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) have introduced a more accurate method of determining Louisiana?s recreational landings of yellowfin tuna that went into effect January 1, 2013. The new method requires anglers and charter captains possessing tunas, billfishes, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, and snappers first obtain an Offshore Landing Permit. The permit is available at no cost to the public, and can be obtained through the Department?s website or through smartphone applications. The iPhone app can be downloaded free from the App Store by searching for Louisiana Recreational Offshore Landing Permits App. The Android app can be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play Store by searching for LDWF Rec. Offshore Landing App. Permits will be available after January 1, 2013.

Anglers who land yellowfin tuna must report that catch prior to offloading the catch. Reporting can be done through the smartphone application described above or by calling the toll free number 877-792-3440 and responding to the prompts provided.

Charter captains using tags provided by the department must report landings by the 15th of the month following the month in which the yellowfin tuna was landed.

The department will hold three informational workshops explaining reporting requirements and the use of the new technology. These workshops will be held in the following locations beginning at 5:30 p.m. local time:

January 15, 2013
LDWF Fisheries Research Lab
195 Ludwig Annex
Grand Isle, La 70358

January 16, 2013
Belle Chasse Auditorium
8398 Highway 23
Belle Chasse, La 70037

January 17, 2013
Houma Municipal Auditorium
880 Verret Street
Houma, La 70360

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