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Special red snapper season available for wounded or disabled veterans

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Posted at 5:23 PM, Oct 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-13 18:25:25-04

For the second consecutive year, a special red snapper season will be held for wounded and disabled military veterans to help catch the remaining recreational red snapper allotment.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries along with Governor John Bel Edwards announced the special season on Friday October 11, 2019. LDWF says the recent LA Creel landing estimates indicate that 49,315 pounds of the 816,439-pound quota are available for harvest.

A portion of this remaining quota will be set aside for these veterans to harvest during this special season.

“Like last year, I hope our veterans will have fun and productive days on the water,” said Gov. Edwards. “It’s great to once again have the partnership of LDWF, LDVA, and CCA to make this happen for our veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country.

The fishing opportunity will be through permit only and is limited to state waters out to nine nautical miles from shore.

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said, “The Governor, my staff and these great partners are eager to help our wounded veterans in any way we can. Thank you for your service to our country.”

The fishing opportunity will end no later than Dec. 31, or when the remaining red snapper quota is caught, according to officials.

Anyone wishing to assist or participate in this special opportunity for veterans can contact Collette Foret with the Wounded War Heroes organization via email at info@woundedwarheroes.org. Please include the words “Red Snapper” in the subject line of the email.

In the week, LDWF reopened the recreational red snapper season for three additional weekends. Which began Friday October 11, 2019. The dates of the additional weekends are below.

  • 12:01 a.m. Friday, October 11 through 12:01 a.m. Monday, October 14
  • 12:01 a.m. Friday, October 18 through 12:01 a.m. Monday, October 21
  • 12:01 a.m. Friday, October 25 through 12:01 a.m. Monday, October 28