2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 27



SALTWATER FISHING
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The National Marine Fisheries Service has a
Memorandum of Agreement with the National Weather
Service to broadcast unanticipated and time-critical fishery regulatory actions where there is minimal opportunity for advance public notice. These broadcasts are
issued for four or five days, 24 hours a day, by selected
NWR coastal stations. (VHF frequencies in MHz)






162.400
162.525
162.550
162.425
162.450
162.475
SALTWATER SPECIES YOU CANNOT HARVEST
THREATENED OR ENDANGERED AND PROHIBITED SPECIES
The federally listed threatened and endangered, or prohibited species listed below are off
limits for fishing or recreational take. Civil and criminal penalties may apply for taking the
following aquatic species. If any of these protected species are incidentally caught, they
must be released immediately unharmed. See page 16 for tips on safely releasing fish.



All Whales
Dolphin (mammal)
Goliath Grouper


SHARKS
• Atlantic Angel Shark
• Basking Shark
• Bigeye Sand Tiger Shark
• Bigeye Sixgill Shark
• Bigeye Thresher Shark
• Bignose Shark
• Caribbean Reef Shark
Gulf Sturgeon
(Acipenser oxyrinchus
desotoi)
Largetooth Sawfish










Caribbean Sharpnose Shark
Dusky Shark
Galapagos Shark
Longfin Mako Shark
Narrowtooth Shark
Night Shark
Nassau Grouper
Sea Turtles
Smalltooth Sawfish
West Indian Manatee






Sand Tiger Shark
Sevengill Shark
Sixgill Shark
Smalltail Shark
Whale Shark
White Shark
RECREATIONAL SALTWATER TOURNAMENT OPERATORS
Federal regulations require any person conducting a fishing tournament in the federal
waters of the Gulf of Mexico involving the
catch and/or landing of any HMS regulated
species to register with the HMS
Management Division of the National
Marine Fisheries Service at least four weeks
prior to start of the tournament. A
Tournament Registration Form is available
on the NMFS website at www.nmfs.noaa.
gov/sfa/hms/compliance/tournaments/
registration.html.
To register a tournament, an Atlantic HMS
Tournament Registration Form must be
completed, signed, and sent to the Atlantic
HMS Management Division by mail or fax.
Fax: 727-824-5398
30
Mailing Address:
HMS Tournament Registration
National Marine Fisheries Service
263 13th Avenue S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Once the registration form has been processed an Atlantic HMS Tournament
Confirmation Number will be produced and
provided to the tournament operator.
NOTE: Registration is not complete unless
the tournament operator has received a
confirmation number from the HMS
Management Division of NMFS. For more
information call 727-824-5399; hmspermits.
noaa.gov.
2019 Louisiana Fishing Regulations

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