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Commercial fishing for large coastal sharks (great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse shark, blacktip shark, bull shark, lemon shark, sandbar shark, silky shark, spinner shark, and tiger shark) closes in Louisiana waters at 11:30 p.m. on September 15, 2003 and will remain closed through December 31, 2003. Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will also be closed for commercial harvest of large coastal sharks during the same time period.
Effective with this closure, no person shall commercially harvest, purchase, exchange, barter, trade, sell or attempt to purchase, exchange, barter, trade or sell large coastal sharks or fins thereof whether taken from within or with out Louisiana territorial waters.

The decision was made by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary James H. Jenkins Jr., as authorized by the state Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. Jenkins acted following notification by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of changes to the season in federal waters.

NMFS determined that the large coastal shark commercial fishery subquota for the second semiannual fishing season has been reached and action is necessary to ensure that the semiannual quota for large coastal sharks for the period July 1 through December 31, 2003, is not exceeded.

For more information, contact Randy Pausina at 225/765-2366




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