Netting season gets early start at False River
NEW ROADS - Anglers are reeling in cash on False River after the commercial netting season opened a month early.
Fishermen say the 30-day head start is crucial to their yearly income. The season usually lasts from November to February, giving commercial anglers a very small window of opportunity. A majority of these men make their living during the four months on the water.
This year anglers asked Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries for an early start to help boost revenue and help them compete with outside companies.
"Our commercial anglers suffer from very difficult competition between the aquaculture industry and foreign markets," said Mike Wood, Biologist Director at Wildlife and Fisheries. "So if we can include them in our management and have them benefit from that, then we're all for that."
This is only the second year anglers have been allowed to fish at False River after a 20-year ban.
"We'll probably make $15 thousand extra in that one month," said local angler, James Strong. "It helps us out a lot."
The season will close to commercial fishermen in February.