Best Delacroix Fishing Charter
The wetlands of Louisiana are a critical part of the local industry, but they are eroding every year. Statistics show that the state has three million acres, but about 30 football fields a day are lost to erosions. Unfortunately, stopping this situation isn’t easy or inexpensive.
Delacroix Island in St. Bernard Parish
Studies show that about half of the wetlands around the country have been lost in the past two centuries. Part of this occurs naturally, but much of the problem is caused by human activities. They may drain and fill in the wetlands to increase agriculture or grazing lands. Developers also fill them in to build properties. Also, other people will dredge the wetlands to create canals.
Louisiana accounts for almost half of the wetlands in the entire country, but they have sustained over three-fourths of the losses. An extensive part of the state is made up of the wetlands. They go along the coast for about 300 kilometers and inland for around 130 kilometers.
The wetlands are crucial to the Louisiana way of life. They provide for agricultural and recreational interests. The most important aspect of this area is for the seafood industry. The state has a $1 billion industry annually in seafood, which would be highly impacted by the loss of the wetlands.
The federal and state agencies in Louisiana are working with the US Geological Survey to study the coast and learn more about the processes involved in creating wetlands and maintaining them as well as what is causing the deterioration. One study began in 1988 with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on erosion of the Louisiana Barrier Island.
Several studies have shown that regular shifting in the course of the Mississippi River has been a significant cause of erosion to the wetlands. Deltas have been abandoned which caused erosion of the coastal processes while also forming barrier beaches.
The barrier islands are eroding over time, which leaves wetlands unprotected and vulnerable to tidal currents, surges in storms, and wave action. Levees have prevented the seasonal flooding which provided critical elements to the wetlands to keep them thriving and growing.
Protecting the Wetlands
For the best in rod and reel inshore fishing, check out Hook & Reel Fishing Charter. Located in St. Bernard Parish on Delacroix Island, Hook & Reel will help you catch that elusive Big Catch to show off to your friends or enjoy a quiet afternoon of fishing for redfish, speckled trout, and other fish on your day off.
Redfish are usually a shallow water fish that are found mostly around the estuaries along the eastern seaboard and the Gulf Coast of the US. You can find them in open sounds, oyster bars, saltwater bayous, and in backwater flats.
Flounder are bottom feeders, and they like to dine on shrimp and other fish. They tend to be harder to catch. They are a species of flatfish that are found in the coastal waters. Flounder are salt and brackish water fish.
You’ll have the best luck catching trout in the summer and fall. The limit per person is 25, and they must be at least 12 inches in length. You’ll find them mostly around the underwater structure in oyster reefs and wellheads.
You can sight cast them in shallow ponds. They have a dark, silvery-gray body and a brassy sheen. They are bottom-dwelling fish with teeth like cobblestones that they use to crush their prey.
Sheephead live in areas with a hard floor, such as oyster beds or areas with barnacles. They have teeth similar to a human’s, which they use to eat oysters, crabs, shrimp, mussels and other water creatures.
Bass is another fresh and brackish water fish known as “green trout” to the locals. They are predators that feed on small fish, plankton, insects, and crustaceans.
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