Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to revisit recreational red snapper limit

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said on Friday that they support revisiting the limit of red snapper that recreational anglers can catch.

At the beginning of the season, a two-fish-per-person limit was set at a 16-inch combined minimum.

Now, the LDWF says that the science used to calculate the limit was faulty. "Essentially, scientists found errors in historic recreational data used to set the current allocation," said the LDWF in a news release. They say that they want to correct the errors by allowing recreational fishers to catch more red snapper than the current two-fish minimum.

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said that the federal regulation takes away almost half of the normal catch that would normally be available to regular citizens.

Caldwell said that the regulations create a windfall for the "For-Hire" charter ships that are more prevalent in other states.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will take the public's comments on the issue at a meeting on August 12 at 1 p.m. at the Hilton Riverside hotel in the Jefferson Ballroom.

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