2019 LDWF Commercial Fishing Regs - Page 25



Prohibited Saltwater Species
You may not harvest the following federally-listed threatened,
endangered or prohibited species:
• All whales
• West Indian manatees
• Dolphin (mammal)
• Sea turtles
You may not commercially harvest the following gamefish:
• Red drum
• Striped marlin
• Hatchet marlin • Blue marlin
• Sailfish
• White marlin
• Black marlin
You may only purchase or sell the gamefish listed above if you import
them. You must notify LDWF at 800.442.2511 or 225.765.2441 before
you import any of these fish. When you import any of these fish, you
must attach an official metal self-locking tag to one gill cover of each
fish. These tags must be issued by the official conservation agency of
the state from which the fish was taken and must show the originating
water body and identity of the issuing agency. However, imported
wild-caught red drum must only be accompanied by a bill of lading.
Farm-raised red drum is exempt from these requirements if certified
by LDWF as having been raised and harvested in accordance with a
certified aquaculture program or a valid mariculture program.
You may not harvest goliath grouper (jewfish) or Nassau grouper.
You may not harvest, possess, purchase, sell, barter, exchange or
attempt any of these activities for the following shark species:
• Bigeye sand tiger
• Atlantic angel • Basking
• Bigeye thresher
• Bignose
• Bigeye sixgill
• Caribbean reef • Caribbean sharpnose • Dusky
• Largetooth sawfish
• Longfin mako
• Galapagos
• Sand tiger
• Narrowtooth • Night
• Sixgill
• Smalltail
• Sevengill
• Whale
• White
• Smalltooth
Visit go.usa.gov/xPm3x for information on identifying sharks and best
practices for handling sharks.
Species Regulations
You must return undersized fish back to the water unharmed; 5% (by number) of each species of commercial fish you harvest may be smaller than
the legal limit. You may harvest commercial species with no specified size limit in any size and quantity. No one may sell, purchase, barter, trade
or exchange undersized fish (or attempt to do any of these activities).
Make sure that all saltwater finfish, except garfish, tuna, swordfish and sharks, have their head and caudal fins intact until you put them on shore
or sell them. Garfish must retain a strip of skin sufficient to clearly identify the fish until you put them on shore or sell them. All sharks aboard your
vessel must have their fins naturally attached by at least some portion of uncut skin.
For the most current information, go to www.wlf.la.gov/fishing/commercial-finfish.
COMMON COASTAL SPECIES
Species
Cobia
Size Limit
Season/Times
33 in. min.
Two fish per person*
fork length*
16 in. min.
Black Drum
total length
Southern
Flounder
Harvest Limit
None
• 16-27 in. total length: annual quota of
3.25 million pounds
• Longer than 27 in. total length: annual
quota of 300,000 pounds
10 fish daily for each licensed fisherman;
however, commercial shrimping vessels
may retain and sell all southern flounder
harvested as bycatch on a shrimping trip
Menhaden
None
• Bait Season: annual quota of 3,000
metric tons (6,613,800 pounds)
• Regular Season: none
King
Mackerel
24 in. min.
fork length
3,000 pounds per trip
Other
You may only retain or sell two cobia per
person per trip.
*The Gulf Council is currently considering
changes to commercial cobia size, bag
and vessel limits. Please see www.
gulfcouncil.org for more information.
Fishing year begins Sept. 1;
open year-round, or until
quota is harvested
Year-round
• You may only sell menhaden harvested
during bait season as bait.
• Regular Season: Third
• You may not possess more than 5%,
Monday in April through
by weight, of any species other than
Nov. 1
menhaden and herring-like species.
• Bait Season: Nov. 2 - Dec.
• You may only use purse seines to
1; if quota has not been
harvest menhaden or herring-like
harvested by Dec. 1,
species. You may not use this gear for
fishery may resume on
any other purpose in state waters.
April 1 of the following
• You may only fish for menhaden in
year until the quota is
waters seaward of the inside-outside
harvested.
line, including federal waters and
Chandeleur and Breton Sounds.
Season begins July 1, closes You must have a federal permit when
when quota is reached
fishing in federal waters.
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