Then, Now and Next: Lagniappe’s 40th Anniversary
For four decades, the Lagniappe fisheries newsletter has been a source of information for Louisiana’s commercial and recreational fishers. The publication, a joint effort of Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter, commemorates 40 years this March and boasts more than 1,400 subscribers.
Lagniappe – which updates fishermen about new regulations, important events and species information – has had just three editors guide its content. The first author and editor, then fisheries assistant area agent Jerald Horst, admitted that relationships with fisherman were tough to build in the 1970s. Strangers at the docks were “generally met with suspicions of either being a game warden or the IRS,” he said.
The Blue Tang
Popularized as Dory from “Finding Nemo,” the blue tang can be found in several coastal waters from the Pacific Ocean to the Indian Ocean, particularly around coral reefs and inshore grasses.
Displaying bright blue and yellow colors, they aren’t hard to miss. Young fish are yellow with blue spots near their eyes, while mature fish become fully blue over most their body with narrow dark lines running the length of the body. Having these fluorescent colors make the blue tang an excellent aquarium fish by attracting viewers. However, their unique colors also attract predator fish and make it very difficult for the blue tang to hide, resulting in the tang having to use its secret defense weapon, or playing dead by laying on their side until the predator passes.
More articles in this month’s edition of Lagniappe:
- Delinquent Oyster Lease List Available Online
- Evaluating Feral Hog Toxicants Before State Approval
- 2017 Recreational Fishing
- Commercial Fishing for Bait Menhaden to Open March 15
- Commercial and Recreational Yellowtail Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico
- Fish Gear Coordinates
- Louisiana Shrimp Watch
- Important & Upcoming Events
- The Gumbo Pot – Spicy Peanut Butter Shrimp
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