The Crawfish Open Season closes today and will reopen on the 1st of August.
The Department of Marine Resources said during this time, the capture of crawfish or any other marine resource with the use of air compressors is prohibited and should not be found on board any vessel at any time.
All crawfish traps must be stored on land and all processors, owner, or operator of every hotel, restaurant, supermarket or grocery store who buys or sells crawfish must file a report with the Department of Marine Resources declaring the quantity in weight of frozen crawfish in their possession at the date of closure.
Further note, all trapping permits, and permits authorizing the use of air compressors expire on the 31st of March. Violators will be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 244 Fisheries Resources (Jurisdiction and Conservation) and Regulations.
The general public is advised to report all suspected violators and violations to the Department of Marine Resources. Callers will be left anonymous.