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Recreational red snapper season to close Sept. 8 in Louisiana waters


BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the recreational red-snapper season in state waters will close Sept. 8.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1HEwS3j ) data collected through the state's LA Creel Survey program indicate by that date Louisiana anglers will have met the historic red-snapper harvest for the state of 745,000 pounds, which includes fish landed during the 10-day federal season in June.

The season in state waters opened March 20.

Because of federal law, Louisiana's charter captains were not legally allowed to participate in the state season. This year for the first time, for-hire vessels throughout the Gulf were granted 2.4 million pounds of red snapper in 2015, and were allowed to catch them in state and federal waters from June 1 through July 14.

Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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