Gov. Edwards, LDWF, La. Veterans Affairs, CCA partner to offer wounded, disabled vets special red snapper fishing opportunity

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) are teaming up to promote a special red snapper season for wounded and disabled military veterans to catch the remaining recreational red snapper allotment for the state.

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The recreational red snapper season closed Aug. 12 in Louisiana when estimates showed that anglers were within 5,911 pounds of reaching the state self-imposed 743,000-pound limit of red snapper for recreational fishing. The remaining quota will be available to be caught before December 31. The fishing opportunity will be through permit only and is limited to state waters out to nine nautical miles from shore.

“We can never do enough to thank our veterans for their service to our country, but we’ll always try. I think our veterans will enjoy having the chance to catch the popular red snapper,” said Gov. Edwards a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. “I am proud to work with LDWF and LDVA on this joint effort. I hope our wounded veterans, who sacrificed so much for our country, will have a great time on their fishing trips. They deserve it, and it is a great way to ensure we catch our full allotment of red snapper in 2018.”

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said the governor was quick to support the opportunity for the wounded military veterans. “He said, ‘Let’s make it happen,’” Montoucet said.

“Our anglers did such a great job helping our agency manage the red snapper catch numbers earlier this year, that now we are in a position to do something good for our wounded veterans. I could not be happier,” said Montoucet, a U.S. Marine veteran. “With less than 6,000 pounds of red snapper quota left over after the regular fishing season, it was not enough to reopen the season even for one day to the entire recreational fishing community. This opportunity allows veterans to help us fully reach our 2018 red snapper fishing quota.” Read full article . . .