The recreational season of the red grouper closes on August 30

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the season for the recreational harvest of red grouper will close in Louisiana waters at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2022. The season is currently scheduled for reopen on January 1. , 2023.

NOAA Fisheries has informed the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that the annual catch goal of 1,840,000 pounds gutted weight is projected to be reached by August 30, 2022 and that the season will be closed. This closure is necessary to prevent overfishing of the red grouper population.

Louisiana Department of Fish and Wildlife Secretary Jack Montoucet was authorized by the Louisiana Fish and Wildlife Commission in previously promulgated rules (LAC 76.VII.335.G.5) to change or modify the dates of opening and closing of any recreational reef fish season in Louisiana waters when NOAA Fisheries notifies a change to a season.

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.