COMMERCIAL FISHING FOR LARGE COASTAL SHARKS CLOSES IN LOUISIANA
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
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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