Lane SnapperThe lane snapper season is now closed in Louisiana. That’s according to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department. This applies to recreational and commercial fishermen. The season will remain closed until January 1, 2020.

The decision came after NOAA Fisheries requested to end the season. The Federal agency had announced that the Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico closed for the recreational and commercial harvest of the fish on December 13, 2019, and will stay closed until January 1, 2020.

Why The Closure?

The department said that according to their data, the catch has reached 301,000 pounds in 2019. This is the annual catch limit. The closure will help prevent over-fishing of lane snapper in the long term.

For now, nobody is allowed to fish lane or posses lane snapper in the state. Furthermore, nobody is allowed to buy, barter, trade, sell, or attempt to barter, trade, or sell it.  Lane snappers that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to the effective date of the closure can still be bought and sold, the department said.

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About Lane Snappers

Other names for the fish include Candy Striper, Rainbow Snapper or Mexican Snapper. Lane Snappers are caught from North Carolina to Brazil. They look similar to red snappers except they have yellow lines that run the length of their bodies. Lane Snappers also have a black dot on each side just below their dorsal fin. Anglers tend to catch lane snappers, which usually weigh less than a pound, near structures.

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