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Rs 56:325.6 Bait Gulf Menhaden; Annual Quota After Regular Closed Season

§325.6. Bait gulf menhaden; annual quota after regular closed season

A. The Louisiana Legislature finds and declares there is great financial

hardship imposed upon Louisiana crawfish, blue crab, and catfish fishermen

because of insufficient supplies of bait during the winter season. This

insufficiency compels Louisiana fishermen to purchase bait menhaden and

other less effective baits at greatly increased costs from other sources outside

the state. In order to assist these fishermen, the legislature hereby extends the

regular bait gulf menhaden season by adding a quota of bait gulf menhaden to

be taken during the closed season.

B. The maximum quota for the commercial harvest of bait gulf

menhaden, to be used for bait only, taken within Louisiana waters or landed

in Louisiana is established at three thousand metric tons, regardless of the

harvesting method used, after the close of the regular menhaden season until

December first. If the quota has not been reached by December first, then,

beginning on April first of the following year, bait gulf menhaden may be

taken until the department determines that the quota has been met. Any

menhaden taken pursuant to this Section shall be sold only for use as bait.

C. The department shall monitor catch statistics for bait gulf menhaden

and shall notify the commission when it is determined that the quota has been

reached or is projected to be reached. When the quota has been reached or is

projected to be reached, the commission shall by public notice close the bait

menhaden season and fisheries to all commercial fishing in Louisiana waters.

The closure shall not take effect until at least seventy-two hours after notice

to the public. The closure and notice of closure shall provide that the

commercial taking or landing of bait gulf menhaden in Louisiana, whether

caught within or without the territorial waters of Louisiana, after the closure,

is prohibited. The closure and notice of closure shall, in addition, provide that

no vessel possessing or fishing with any seine, gill net, trammel net, or hoop

net shall have bait gulf menhaden aboard the vessel, whether caught within or

without the waters of the state. Nothing in this Section shall be deemed to

prohibit the possession of fish legally taken prior to the closure order.

D. The provisions of this Section shall apply to outside waters only.

E. Violation of the provisions of this Section constitutes a class 5(B)


F. The secretary shall grant special permits for the taking of menhaden

during the special bait season. Each individual or company receiving such a

permit shall reimburse the department for all expenses incurred in the

placement of an observer on each boat participating in the special bait season.

All menhaden caught during this season will be sold for bait.

Acts 1989, No. 414, §1.

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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802