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At the end of July, Louisiana anglers were about two-thirds of the way through with this summer’s red snapper season.

LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries near real-time data collection program, recorded statistics through July 28, which showed that anglers had caught 528,994 pounds of snapper.

That figure is roughly 66 percent of the 816,439 pounds of the prized offshore fish that anglers are allowed to catch this summer under the current EAP.

The private recreational red snapper season began on May 24 in Louisiana in both state and federal waters.

The season runs weekends only (and holidays) with a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size limit.

Louisiana is operating under its 2nd year of an EFP which allows the state to manage the private recreational red snapper season in state and federal waters.

Under the EFP, participating anglers are allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal EEZ, from shore to 200 nautical miles, during the season set by the LDWF Secretary or Commission.

NOAA Fisheries continues to regulate federal for-hire vessels (charter and headboats).

State charter captains (those who do not have a federal Gulf of Mexico charter permit for reef fish) may only fish for red snapper in state waters when the state recreational red snapper season is open.

For more information on the 2019 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper .