Jul 18, 2013 8:54 AM by AP
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says commercial fishing for large coastal sharks will close at 11:30 p.m. Friday in state waters.
That's also when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries service will close federal waters to those species.
During the closed season, it's illegal to harvest, possess, or have any sort of commerce or exchange in large coastal sharks or their fins.
The species include great, scalloped and smooth hammerhead sharks, and nurse, blacktip, bull, lemon, sandbar, silky, spinner and tiger sharks.
Vessels with federal shark research permits may continue to operate. Those permits require a designated NOAA Fisheries observer on board until the research quota is reached.
The commercial season for small coastal sharks remains open in Louisiana waters.
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