2019 LDWF Commercial Fishing Regs - Page 26



COMMON COASTAL SPECIES (cont.)
Species
Spanish
Mackerel
Striped
Mullet
Florida
Pompano
Size Limit
Harvest Limit
12 in.
min. fork None
length
• You may not
harvest any
other fish while
harvesting
mullet with a
strike or cast net.
• Strike net: none
None
• Live bait: none,
but all mullet
you harvest
commercially
with a cast net
must remain
alive until you
sell it
None
None
Season/Times
Fishing year begins April 1,
closes when quota is reached
• Strike net: Thurd Monday
in October through third
Monday in following January;
harvest only allowed Monday
through Friday, from sunrise
to sunset
• Live bait: year-round, with
cast net only; harvest only
allowed Monday through
Friday, from sunrise to sunset
• Strike net: Aug. 1 - Oct. 31 of
each year, sunrise to sunset,
no weekends or Labor Day
• Other legal gear: year-round
• Second day of January until
the last day of December, or
until the quota is reached
(whichever comes first).
• No harvest on weekends
(from official sunset on Friday
to official sunrise on Monday).
• When you’re not on a
commercial trip, you may
harvest up to the recreational
limit of spotted seatrout
between 10 pm and 5 am
when the season is open and
anytime when it’s closed.
You must also have a basic
recreational and a saltwater
fishing license. You may not
sell/ barter/trade/exchange
these fish.
Spotted
Seatrout
(speckled
trout)
14 in.
min. total
length
Annual quota of 1
million pounds
Sheepshead
10 in.
min. fork
length
None
Year-round
Tripletail
18 in.
min. total
length
100 pounds per
trip; no more than
one vessel trip per
day
Year-round
Other
You must have a federal permit when fishing in federal
waters.
• Unless harvesting mullet for live bait, you must have
a Mullet Permit ($100 resident, $400 nonresident) to
harvest and sell mullet (plus other commercial fishing
and gear licenses). To qualify, you must have had a
Saltwater Gill Net License during any two years from
1993 to 1995 and provide state and federal income tax
returns (including Schedule C of the federal 1040 form)
demonstrating more than 50% of your earned income
came from the capture and sale of seafood in at least
two years from 1993 to 1995.
• You may only harvest mullet commercially with a mullet
strike net (see page 20). However, you may harvest
mullet for live bait with a commercial cast net (no more
than 12 feet in radius, operated manually, during any
season, with appropriate gear licenses).
You must have a Pompano Permit (no fee) to harvest
and sell pompano caught with a strike net (see page 20);
application period is from Jan. 1 - April 30 each year.
• You must have a Spotted Seatrout Permit ($100
resident, $400 nonresident) to harvest and sell spotted
seatrout (plus other commercial fishing and gear
licenses). To qualify, you must have had a Saltwater
Gill Net License during any two years from 1993 to
1995 and provide state and federal income tax returns
(including Schedule C of the federal 1040 form)
demonstrating more than 50% of your earned income
came from the capture and sale of seafood in at least
two years from 1993 to 1995. Saltwater guides may not
obtain a Spotted Seatrout Permit.
• You may only use commercial rod-and-reel gear to
harvest spotted seatrout. No vessel carrying or fishing
a gill, hoop, trammel or seine net may have spotted
seatrout aboard.
• All on board a vessel commercially fishing spotted
seatrout must be a licensed commercial fishermen.
• No commercial harvest of spotted seatrout in Louisiana
waters west of the Mermentau River.
REEF FISH
You must have a NOAA Fisheries-issued Commercial Reef Fish Vessel Permit to harvest or sell triggerfish, amberjack, wrasse, snapper, grouper
and tilefish, regardless of whether you’re fishing in state or federal waters. Federally-permitted reef fish vessels must carry a VMS onboard.
Additional federal regulations apply to the harvest of reef fish species. For reef fish fishery management, Louisiana waters extend to 9
nautical miles. Fishermen should stay informed of the state/federal jurisdictional boundary as future congressional actions may affect current
boundary demarcation as it applies to reef fish species. If a future congressional action modifies the state/federal jurisdictional boundary, it
will not impact the type of fishing gear reef fish fishermen may use.
Species
Size Limit
Harvest Limit
Season
Other
1,500 pounds
gutted weight per
trip. Annual quotas Opens Jan. 1. Closed season
36 in.
Greater
min. fork may fluctuate; go from March 1 - May 31; reopens
Amberjack
to gulfcouncil.org June 1 if quota available.
length
for the most recent
quota.
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