2019 LDWF Commercial Fishing Regs - Page 3



GENERAL INFO
Saltwater/Freshwater Line
Louisiana’s salt and freshwater areas are divided by a line that runs
from the Intracoastal Waterway from the Texas-Louisiana boundary to
its junction with Louisiana Highway 27 at Gibbstown, south to Louisiana
Highway 82, east to its junction with the Intracoastal Waterway from
Forked Island to Bayou Barataria to the Harvey Canal, the Harvey Canal
to the Mississippi River, the Mississippi River to the Industrial Canal, the
Industrial Canal to the Intracoastal Waterway, the Intracoastal Waterway
to the Rigolets in Orleans Parish to the Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Bridge, and the Louisville and Nashville Railroad right-of way from the
Orleans Parish line to the Mississippi state line. Areas north of this line
are freshwater. Areas south of this line are saltwater, including Lakes
Maurepas, Pontchartrain, and St. Catherine, Chef Menteur Pass (except
a 7/10-mile section from Bayou Sauvage south to the Intracoastal
Waterway), the Rigolets, Unknown Pass, Pass Manchac, the Intracoastal
Waterway, and the portion of the Calcasieu Ship Channel from the
Intracoastal Waterway south to the Gulf of Mexico.
State vs. Federal Waters
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (Commission) and the
Louisiana Legislature manage fisheries in state waters; the Gulf of
Mexico Fishery Management Council (Gulf Council) and the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s National Marine Fisheries
Service (NOAA Fisheries) manage fisheries in federal waters. Generally,
Louisiana state waters extend 3 nautical miles from the nearest land;
federal waters extend from 3 nautical miles to 200 nautical miles.
However, 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 the
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.
THIS PUBLICATION IS NOT AN OFFICIAL COPY OF THE LAWS AND SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON AS SUCH. THIS PUBLICATION SUMMARIZES
EXISTING LAWS IN EFFECT. AS LAWS MAY CHANGE FOLLOWING THE PRINTING OF THIS PUBLICATION, THE ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION
HEREIN IS NOT GUARANTEED. IT IS THE OBLIGATION AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE READER TO BE AWARE OF CURRENT LAWS AT ALL TIMES,
INCLUDING LOUISIANA REVISED STATUTES (TITLES 51 AND 56), OFFICIAL REGULATIONS OF THE LOUISIANA WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES
COMMISSION, LOCAL AND PARISH ORDINANCES, FEDERAL LAWS, AND NATIONAL SHELLFISH SANITATION PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS. VISIT
WWW.WLF.LA.GOV/FISHING FOR DETAILS.
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