La. requires offshore permit  at no cost

As of Jan. 1 this year, offshore fishermen wanting to bring their catches at a Louisiana port must have a Louisiana Recreational Offshore Landings Permit.

State marine fisheries managers determined that if the state wants to pursue a regional management plan off the Louisiana coast, a more extensive data base was needed.

The state’s regional management plan would replace federal management schemes off the state’s coast as well as allowing the other four Gulf states to implement their individual management plans.

There’s no fee for the Louisiana permit.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Jason Adriance outlined the program at a recent Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.

He said the new data-collection method requires all anglers, no matter their ages, and charter captains with tunas, billfishes, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, and snappers to have the permit.

For tuna only, anglers and charterboat skippers must report their catch before offloading their catches.

Fisheries taking the other aforementioned species should keep a log of their catches for reporting to the LDWF.

To get the permit, go to LDWf website: http://www.wlf.la.gov/rolp.

Look for, then click on “Get the Permit.” Complete the information, print the completed permit and remember to carry it with you on your offshore trips.

There is a “Permit Reporting” section at the same site along with a sample harvest log.

Read this section to become familiar with the new reporting procedures.

There are new apps available for smart phones, too.

For information, call Adriance (504) 284-2032 or email: adriance@wlf.la.gov.