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Species

Recreational Bag Limits

7.Hogfish

5 fish per person per day

8.No person shall possess goliath grouper or Nassau grouper whether taken from within or without Louisiana territorial waters per LAC 76:VII.337.

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C.Charter Vessels and Headboats

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3.Captain and crew members shall not harvest or possess red snapper or grouper of any species while operating as charter vessels and headboats as defined in Federal Regulations 50 CFR Part 622.2. Their bag limit is zero for all of these species.

D.Red Snapper:

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5.Requirement for transaction approval code: The owner or operator of a vessel landing red snapper is responsible for calling National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Law Enforcement at least 3 hours, but no more than 12 hours, in advance of landing to report the time and location of landing and the name of the IFQ dealer where the red snapper are to be received. For the purpose of these regulations, the term landing means tying a vessel to a dock. Failure to comply with this advance notice of landing requirement will preclude authorization to complete the required NMFS landing transaction report and, thus, will preclude issuance of the required NMFS-issued transaction approval code. Possession of commercial red snapper from the time of transfer from a vessel through possession by a dealer is prohibited unless the red snapper are accompanied by a transaction approval code verifying a legal transaction of the amount of red snapper in possession.
6.Offloading and transfer: No person shall offload from a vessel or receive from a vessel commercially harvested red snapper during the hours from 6:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., local time. For the purpose of these regulations, the term offloading means removing red snapper from a vessel. At-sea or dockside transfer of commercial red snapper from one vessel to another vessel is prohibited.
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E.Recreational and Commercial Minimum and Maximum Size Limits, unless otherwise noted.

Species

Minimum Size Limits

1.Red Snapper

16 inches total length (Recreational)

13 inches total length (Commercial)

2.Gray, yellowtail, cubera, dog, mahogany snapper, and schoolmaster

12 inches total length

3.Lane snapper

8 inches total length

4.Mutton snapper

16 inches total length

5.Vermilion snapper

10 inches total length

6.Red and yellowfin grouper

20 inches total length

7.Gag and black grouper

22 inches total length (Recreational)

24 inches total length (Commercial)

8.Scamp

16 inches total length

9.Greater amberjack

28 inches fork length (Recreational)

36 inches fork length (Commercial)

10.Black seabass

8 inches total length

11.Hogfish

12 inches fork length

12.Banded rudderfish and lesser amberjack

14 inches fork length (minimum size); 22 inches fork length (maximum size)

13.Gray triggerfish

12 inches total length

F.Definitions. Federal regulations 50 CFR Part 622.2 defines charter vessels and headboats as follows.

1.Charter Vessel—a vessel less than 100 gross tons that meets the requirements of the U.S. Coast Guard to carry six or fewer passengers for hire and that carries a passenger for hire at any time during the calendar year. A charter vessel with a commercial permit is considered to be operating as a charter vessel when it carries a passenger who pays a fee or when there are more than three persons aboard, including operator and crew.
2.Headboat—a vessel that holds a valid Certificate of Inspection issued by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry passengers for hire. A headboat with a commercial vessel permit is considered to be operating as a headboat when it carries a passenger who pays a fee or, in the case of persons aboard fishing for or possessing coastal migratory pelagic fish or Gulf reef fish, when there are more than three persons aboard, including operator and crew.

G.Seasons

1.Seasons for the commercial harvest of reef fish species or groups shall be closed within and without Louisiana's territorial waters during the periods listed below. Possession of reef fish in excess of the daily bag limit while on the water is prohibited during the specified closed season. Any reef fish harvested during the closed season shall not be purchased, sold, traded, bartered or exchanged or attempted to be purchased, sold, traded, bartered or exchanged. This prohibition on sale/purchase does not apply to reef fish that were harvested, landed ashore, sold and purchased prior to the closed season. Nothing shall prohibit the possession or sale of fish legally taken prior to the closure providing that all commercial dealers possessing reef fish taken legally prior to the closure shall maintain appropriate records in accordance with R.S. 56:306.5 and R.S. 56:306.6.

Species or Group

Closed Season

a.Greater Amberjack

March 1 through May 31

b.Gag, Black and Red Grouper

February 15 through March 14

2.Seasons for the recreational harvest of reef fish species or groups listed below shall be closed during the periods listed below.

Species or Group

Closed Season

a.Gag, Black and Red Grouper

February 15 through March 14

b.Red Snapper

October 1 of each year through May 31 of the following year

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AUTHORITY NOTE:Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 56:6(25)(a), R.S. 56:320.2(C), R.S. 56:326.1 and R.S. 56:326.3.

Louisiana Register   Vol. 34, No. 10   October 20, 2008

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