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Redfish Situation


It was not uncommon to catch 100 redfish on a single fishing day in the coastal waters of Louisiana. Although the fishing remains good, factors like habitat loss, excessive bag limits and liberal bag limit have led to a dramatic drop in the number of Redfish. A recent assessment performed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife found that redfish stock levels have dropped from a peak of 23,000,000 fish in 1999 down to 8,7 million fish in 2021. Many are talking about reducing the harvest in order to combat this situation, but wonder if it will be enough. Chris Macaluso, a Louisiana-born angler with a lifetime of experience in fishing, was invited to the podcast for some insights on the current redfish situation. Chris Macaluso is an avid angler and director of the Center for Marine Fisheries for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

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