2016 Derelict Crab Trap Cleanups

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will again host its annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo with two volunteer cleanup events during the month of February. The volunteer-based program is funded through commercial fishermen gear fees, and since its inception has disposed of more than 24,000 derelict crab traps. Last year, LDWF and Louisiana Sea Grant staff, CCA and volunteers from the recreational fishing community assisted in retrieving more than 400 abandoned traps. This year, LDWF is teaming up with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program to conduct two cleanup events as part of the NOAA Marine Debris Removal Program.


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Notice of Intent Regarding Turtle Excluder Device (TED) Penalties


The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a notice of intent to promulgate rules that mirror the current federal rules and regulations for turtle excluder devices.


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Gulf Council Update – January 2016


The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in Orange Beach, Alabama, Jan 25-28, 2016, to discuss a number of fishery issues, including electronic reporting for for-hire vessels, regional management for recreational red snapper, and the shrimp permit moratorium.


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More articles in this month’s edition of Lagniappe:


  • Reef Fish Amendment 36 – Red Snapper IFQ Modifications
  • Reef Fish Amendments 41 and
  • New Reef Fish Actions
  • Data Collection
  • Shrimp
  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics (Mackerel)
  • Louisiana Shrimp Watch
  • Fish Gear Coordinates – January 2016
  • The Gumbo Pot – Bacon & Brie Chargrilled Oysters


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