2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 36



SALTWATER FISHING
LARGE COASTAL SHARKS
Blacktip shark; nurse shark; smooth hammerhead; bull shark; sandbar shark*; spinner
shark; great hammerhead; scalloped hammerhead; tiger shark; lemon shark; silky
shark*
*NOTE: Recreational harvest of sandbar and
silky sharks (ridgeback sharks) is not allowed.
PELAGIC SHARKS
Blue shark; porbeagle shark; thresher shark;
oceanic whitetip shark; shortfin mako
NOTE: A person subject to a bag limit shall not
possess at any time, regardless of the number
of trips or the duration of a trip, any shark in
excess of the bag limits listed under Highly
Migratory Species on illustrated chart (page
35). The practice of “finning,” that is, removing
only the fins and returning the remainder of
the shark to the sea, is prohibited within and
without Louisiana waters. Notwithstanding
other provisions of this part, a person may fish
for, but not retain, white shark (Carcharodon
carcharias) with rod and reel only under a
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catch-and-release program, provided the person releases and returns such fish to the sea
immediately with a minimum of injury (see tips
on safely releasing fish on page 16).
Other seasons and rules may be currently in
place in Federal waters off Louisiana, please
check those rules at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/
hms.
PROHIBITED SHARKS
The following is a list of shark species that are
prohibited: Atlantic angel shark, sand tiger
shark, dusky shark, bigeye sand tiger shark,
sixgill shark, largetooth sawfish, bigeye thresher shark, smalltooth sawfish, narrowtooth
shark, Caribbean reef shark, white shark,
Caribbean sharpnose shark, basking shark,
sevengill shark, Galapagos shark, bigeye sixgill
shark, smalltail shark, longfin mako, bignose
shark, whale shark and night shark. No sandbar or silky sharks may be retained under a
recreational bag limit.
SWORDFISH
All recreational anglers, including those not normally required to have a fishing license, and
charter captains must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess swordfish (see
pages 10 & 28 for details). Anglers on a paid for-hire trip and anglers 15 years of age or younger
are not required to have the permit.
Recreational fishing vessels shall not possess more than five swordfish per vessel per trip.
Swordfish taken under a recreational bag limit shall not be sold, purchased, exchanged, bartered, or attempted to be sold, purchased, exchanged or bartered. No person aboard any vessel
shall transfer or cause the transfer of swordfish between vessels on state or federal waters. All
recreationally harvested swordfish must be reported, see hmspermits.noaa.gov/catchReports or call (800) 894-5528.
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TUNA
All recreational anglers, including those not
normally required to have a fishing license,
and charter captains must obtain a
Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess tuna (see pages 10 & 28 for details).
Anglers on a paid for-hire trip (if the licensed
charter guide on board has a valid Charter
Recreational Offshore Landing Permit) and
anglers 15 years of age or younger are not
required to have the permit.
Anglers fishing for tunas within or outside
Louisiana state waters are subject to both
state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
Federal regulations regarding the recreational
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harvest of tunas change often, especially for
bluefin tuna. Prior to angling for or harvest of
tuna, be aware of the most current federal
regulations for fishing or harvest, including
sizes, bag limits and closed seasons. For
updates on tuna quota monitoring and tuna
retention limit adjustments, anglers may call
the Atlantic Tunas Information Line at 888872-8862. The “Atlantic Tunas Regulations
Brochure” is available at www.nmfs.noaa.
gov/sfa/hms/species/tunas/index.html and
announcements of changes may be accessed
via the web at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/
news/federalregister/index.html.
2019 Louisiana Fishing Regulations

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