Last week, the Louisiana House Natural Resources and Environment Committee approved H.B. 535 by Rep. Joe Orgeron. The bill protects Louisiana’s surf zone from pogie fishing. This action is a strong step forward to protect our sportsman heritage and now heads to the full House floor for a vote. Will Martin with Louisianasporstman.com has the full story:
The bill advanced from the committee by a 10-4 vote and will move to the House floor for debate. If passed, the bill would create “exclusion zones” along the Louisiana coast in which the commercial harvest of menhaden, aka pogeys, is prohibited.
Menhaden are a vital food source for Louisiana’s speckled trout and redfish populations, as well as many other species of fish, aquatic mammals and shorebirds.
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