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4:03 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Gulf Fisheries Listed Among Nation's Dirtiest

Shrimp and long-line fisheries in the Gulf were named some of the nation's "dirtiest" by the environmental group Oceana.
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Shrimp and long-line fisheries operating out of the Gulf are among the nation's nine “dirtiest fisheries”, according to a report released today by the ocean conservation group Oceana.

Oceana's “Wasted Catch” report lists fisheries with the largest amount of bycatch, which is fish and wildlife unintentionally caught when attempting to catch other species.

5:32 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Why Finding Oil in Fish Organs Isn't as Bad as it Looks

Kelly Connelly, WRKF

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 10:06 am

Environmental remediation scientists at LSU’s School of the Coast and Environment have found remnants of crude oil in the hearts of pogy that live off Grand Isle.

Pogy, a baitfish more officially called menhaden, make up the second largest commercial catch in the United States. They’re not only resold as baitfish, but they’re also processed into fish oil and fish meal, making their way into vitamins, cosmetics and livestock feeds.

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5:32 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Red Snapper Fisheries In Limbo

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 10:59 am

According to federal regulations, Louisiana’s nine-day recreational red snapper fishing season legally starts next weekend. But some fishermen have been landing snapper since the state season started in March — at the risk of also landing a ticket from federal authorities.

The discrepancy between state and federal red snapper authorities is the subject of a bill sponsored by Sen. Bret Allain. Allain wants to put an all-out ban on red snapper, reasoning that if the fisheries are in such dire straits, maybe they shouldn’t be fished at all.

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11:45 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Commercial King Mackerel Season to Open July 1

The commercial king mackerel season will open July 1 in Louisiana waters and will close when the 1.18 million-pound quota is met.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the season dates Thursday.

King mackerel is a significant commercial fishery in Louisiana. From 2000 through 2011 Louisiana has landed, on average, about 75 percent of the quota allotted for the western Gulf of Mexico.

That included more than 1 million pounds in 2011. A significant amount of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana is shipped to markets in the northeastern U.S.

1:38 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Louisiana Tourism Officials Plan Fishing Website

Louisiana anglers and those planning a fishing trip to the state will be able to get information, licenses and a spot to chat online with other fishermen at what state tourism officials call a fishing microsite opening early in January.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne says Louisiana is the world's finest fishing destination, and the state wants to help related businesses.

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Shrimp Season
12:10 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

La. Announces End of Shrimp Season in Some Areas

Louisiana's fall shrimp season is closing in most state inside waters.

Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham said last week that the season would close for most inside waters at sunset Tuesday to let white shrimp grow larger and more valuable.

On Monday, he set closing Dec. 30 in parts of Lake Pelto and Terrebonne and Timbalier bays where the fall inshore season had been briefly extended.

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BP Oil Spill
10:53 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Some catches in Gulf above some pre-spill levels

Gulf of Mexico fishing boats hauled in far more menhaden last year than in 2010. Catches of some other important species were above pre-spill levels in some Gulf Coast states. But a federal official says it's too early to rule out long-term effects from the spill.

A national report released Wednesday says the Gulf's menhaden catch last year was nearly 66 percent above that in 2010. Other species also showed increases.

Roy Crabtree of NOAA Fisheries says that's guardedly good news. But he says it's probably too soon to tell whether the spill killed eggs and immature fish.

12:46 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Invasive fish rodeo at City Park Sept. 29

The state fisheries department is hosting a free fishing rodeo to teach people how to catch the Rio Grande cichlid, an invasive species of fish.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is hosting the rodeo on Sept. 29 in City Park in New Orleans.

The cichlid fish out-compete native sport fish for habitat and bedding areas. The fish are from northeast Mexico and southern Texas. They were first reported in Louisiana in 1996 in Lake Pontchartrain and since then have spread throughout the New Orleans area.

Farmers Market Minute
9:00 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Fish Collars

Have you noticed how fish collars are working their way onto local restaurant menus? Asian cooks have long featured fish scraps and, with with the snout-to-tail phenomena working its way through the species, we’re beginning to see new offerings.

But what exactly are fish collars? Well, when fillets are cut, you’re left with tail and the skeleton holding up bits of fatty meat. These trickier parts of the fish are cheaper than the highly coveted fillets, but they usually wind up on cutting room floors.

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10:24 am
Tue August 14, 2012

In Henderson area, gators destroying hoop nets

Fishermen in the Henderson area said their hoop nets were falling victim to alligator overpopulation. The gators were finding easy prey in the fishermen's catch.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter says that after Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette explained the problem at a July town hall meeting in St. Martin Parish, he asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to check.

He says the corps found too many gators on some of its land and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries increased the number that could be killed there next year.