Proponents for stricter rules for cobia(Rachycentron canadum) can now rejoice, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Fee (LWFC) has adopted a brand new Discover of Intent (NOI) relating to cobia this week. The brand new discover of intent proposes a lower within the present 2 fish every day bag restrict to a 1 fish every day per individual. Together with the r every day restrict discount it should set up a two fish per vessel / per day restrict whatever the rely of individuals on the vessel and the variety of journeys a day for each leisure and industrial harvest. The scale restrict will stay the identical for cobia at 36 inches minimal size.
The federal rules for Cobia in federal Gulf waters had been modified in 2022. This was finished by NOAA, by way of the Gulf Council. The latest Southeast Knowledge, Evaluation, and Assessment inhabitants evaluation for the Gulf of Mexico migratory group cobia (SEDAR 38 Replace) prompted the change in rules. It confirmed the inventory of gulf cobias was not overfished but however was present process overfishing. To maintain them from being overfished a discount in annual catch limits is required to deal with the problem of cobia overfishing.
For the gulf coast states, till now solely Florida and Alabama have had the smaller restrict of just one fish per individual a day with a vessel restrict of two. Mississippi and Texas each nonetheless have a 2 fish per individual a day. Now with Louisiana on board with the smaller restrict, there’s a higher likelihood for the cobia to return again like they as soon as had been prior to now.
individuals might submit feedback relative to the proposed rule to Jason Adriance, Fisheries Division, Division of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Field 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or through e mail to [email protected] earlier than midday on April 6, 2023. The complete discover of intent might be discovered here.