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Louisiana To Modify Tuna Regulations
....minimum size limit for bluefin tuna to be 73 inches....
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a motion to modify existing rules for the recreational harvest of bluefin tuna, in an effort to remain consistent with federal regulations currently in place.
The proposed rule would change the minimum size limit for bluefin tuna to be 73 inches. The proposed rule also changes bag and possession limits to one bluefin tuna per vessel per year.
Currently fishing of bluefin tuna is prohibited in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and bluefin tuna may only be kept as incidental catch and only while possessing a Highly Migratory Species Recreational Angling Permit issued by NOAA Fisheries Service.
Public comments on the Notice of Intent will be accepted prior to October 6, 2011.
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