Fishing

The Artificial Reef Council will meet at 9:00 am on Tuesday, April 30

Release Date: 04/17/2019

The Artificial Reef Council will meet at 9:00 am on Tuesday, April 30th in the Joe L. Herring Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.

 

Agenda:

1. Introduction and Welcome

2. Approval of agenda

3. Approval of minutes

4. Reef Program updates

a. Nearshore & Offshore: Mike McDonough

b. Inshore & NRDA Rec Use: Ashley Ferguson

c. Monitoring: Zach Chain

5. An Overview of the BOEM Platform Removal Studies - Fisheries Impact Assessment: Benny Galloway

6. Proposed changes to Nearshore Planning Areas*

7. West Delta 117*

8. East Cameron 278 C (SARS proposal)*

9. Public Comments

10. Other business

11. Adjourn

*Action items for Council

 

Become an LDWF Aquatic Volunteer Instructor

Release Date: 04/15/2019

Become an LDWF Aquatic Volunteer Instructor

It's not too late to sign up and become a volunteer for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program! Join us at one of our upcoming workshops being offered on Saturday, April 27th, in Baton Rouge or on Wednesday May 1st, in New Orleans. Both workshops are free to attend and run from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.*

At this hands-on workshop taught by LDWF Biologists, you’ll receive the training you need to become a volunteer instructor and help LDWF increase fishing participation and wise utilization of our resources across the state. Topics and activities include knot tying, casting skills, basic fishing presentation, proper fish identification, fisheries management and more. A binder including lesson plans, activity guides and educational materials will be given to all volunteers who attend the workshop.

After completing the 8-hour workshop and passing a background check, volunteers are able to borrow equipment to help teach these topics. For example, if you’ve always wanted to host your own fishing clinic for youth, but didn’t have the materials and resources, then this is your solution! We can provide rods and reels with basic tackle, a knot tying kit, arts and crafts activities and more.

To find out more information or to see the entire list of upcoming workshops, please visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs. For any questions about the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program, contact Alayna McGarry at (504) 286-4050 or at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov.

If you aren’t in the Baton Rouge or New Orleans area but have a group of interested persons that would like to be trained, reach out to Alayna McGarry. We will travel to your location for groups of 10 or more people.

LDWF’s Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources. 

The Fisheries Extension Outreach Program fosters responsible, licensed anglers by organizing community fishing events and developing opportunities for anglers to participate in the conservation of Louisiana’s aquatic resources. The program promotes awareness of the Sport Fish Restoration Program, which utilizes angler support to help ensure the future of recreational fishing in Louisiana for generations to come.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

*A $25 registration fee is required to reserve your spot. This check will be returned upon your arrival at the workshop.

 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet April 16 at 9:00 a.m.

Release Date: 04/11/2019

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The meeting will convene at 9:00 a.m. at the East Bank Regional Library located at 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA 70001.

Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Approval of Agenda

5. Approval of Minutes from November 7, 2018 Meeting

6. Hearing of Deferred Renewal Permit Appeals

a. Mauricio Blanco

7. Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeal

a. Pannagl Seafood

8. Receive Department Response to Special Mailing of Permit Notices Request – LDWF

9. Receive Report on Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Numbers – LDWF

10. Receive Public Comments

11. Set Next Meeting Date

12. Adjournment

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.

For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov or Carolina Bourque at 337-735-8726 or cbourque@wlf.la.gov.    

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to   rlebreton@wlf.la.gov   at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

 

Crab Task Force to Meet April 17 at 9:00 a.m.

Release Date: 04/11/2019

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, Chairman

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 9:00a.m.

Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

AGENDA

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

III. Approval of March 25, 2019 Minutes and April 17, 2019 Agenda

IV. Financial Report

V. New Business

A. To Discuss the LCTF Draft Legislative Bill to Increase Penalties for Certain Crabbing Violations- CTF

B. To Hear an Update on the 2019 Blue Crab Stock Assessment- LDWF

VI. Public Comment

VII. Set Next Meeting

VIII. Adjourn

 

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at:

 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6951287731189577986

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb,

or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup. For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

Crab Task Force to Meet April 17 at 9:00 a.m.

Release Date: 04/11/2019

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, Chairman

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 9:00a.m.

Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

AGENDA

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

III. Approval of March 25, 2019 Minutes and April 17, 2019 Agenda

IV. Financial Report

V. New Business

A. To Discuss the LCTF Draft Legislative Bill to Increase Penalties for Certain Crabbing Violations- CTF

B. To Hear an Update on the 2019 Blue Crab Stock Assessment- LDWF

VI. Public Comment

VII. Set Next Meeting

VIII. Adjourn

 

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at:

 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6951287731189577986

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb,

or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup. For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

Oyster Task Force to Meet April 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Release Date: 04/11/2019

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Mitch Jurisich, Chairman

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 1 p.m.

East Bank Regional Library Meeting Room

4747 W Napoleon Ave, Metairie, LA 70001

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll call and introduction of guests

III. Approval of February 26, 2019 Minutes and April 16, 2019 Agenda

IV. Treasury Report

A.      LOTF Financial Report & Oyster Tag Sales

V. Committee Reports

A. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)

B. Enforcement (Major Edward Skena)

C. Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D. Research (Earl Melancon)

E. Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F. Marketing (LDWF)

G. Health (Justin Gremillion)

H. Professionalism (LDWF)

I. Aquaculture (Steve Pollock)

J. Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)

VI. New Business

A. To Hear an Update on the 2018-2019 Oyster Season- LDWF

B. To Hear an Update on the Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting NOI- OTF/ LDWF

C. Discussion of FDA/LDH Proposals for Increased Surveillance of AOC Water Quality- OTF

D. To Hear an Update on Levels of Oyster Cultch Material Removed when Harvesting Seed Oysters from Public Oyster Beds- OTF

VII. Public Comment

VIII. Set Next Meeting

IX. Adjourn

 

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2338629744482025731

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee to Meet April 16, at 10:00 AM

Release Date: 04/11/2019

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 10:00 A.M.

East Bank Regional Library

4747 W Napoleon Avenue

Metairie, LA 70001

AGENDA

 

I. Call to Order

II. Pledge of Allegiance

III. Discussion of the Oyster Industry Marketing Plan- OTF

IV. Public Comment

V. Set next meeting

VI. Adjourn

 

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2489707040185182211

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup. For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

 

LWF Commission Un-designates a Portion of Public Oyster Seed Grounds

Release Date: 04/09/2019

LWF Commission Un-designates a Portion of Public Oyster Seed Grounds

BATON ROUGE, La.--At its April meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission undesignated a portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River. This action will not occur until the first lottery phase of the oyster moratorium lifting process commences. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will continue considering the oyster moratorium lifting process in the coming months.

 

Lifting the long-standing oyster lease moratorium and turning some public oyster grounds into leasable areas is part of an ongoing effort by the state to assist the oyster industry in adapting to changing coastal conditions.  

 

“The state is giving up these public oyster seed grounds to help provide the oyster industry with an opportunity to move to more productive areas – to adapt to both natural and man-made changes in coastal Louisiana, including erosion and shifting salinity levels,” explained LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “With over 1.7 million acres of public oyster grounds, the state does not have the resources to develop oyster reefs everywhere.  One of the best things we can do is make this area available for private investment through our oyster leasing process.”

 

Approximately 40,248 acres of the seed grounds in Bay Eloi and northern Breton Sound will no longer be designated as a seed ground upon commencement of the first lottery phase of the oyster moratorium lifting process (also described as Phase Four of Section 2 of Act 595 of the 2016 Regular Session of the Legislature). This acreage only consists of 4 percent of the Public Oyster Seed Ground area east of the Mississippi River. 

 

The below-described areas will no longer be designated as a seed ground and will be available for oyster leasing upon commencement of the first lottery phase of the oyster moratorium lifting process.

 

a. North Breton Sound

i. 89 degrees 24 minutes 00.000 seconds W

29 degrees 41 minutes 00.468 seconds N;

ii. 89 degrees 24 minutes 00.000 seconds W

29 degrees 34 minutes 30.000 seconds N;

iii.        89 degrees 27 minutes 56.000 seconds W

29 degrees 34 minutes 30.000 seconds N;

iv. 89 degrees 27 minutes 56.000 seconds W

29 degrees 41 minutes 12.400 seconds N;

v. following the current public oyster seed ground boundary line and shorelines back to point of beginning.

 

b. Bay Eloi

i. 89 degrees 17 minutes 12.190 seconds W

29 degrees 45 minutes 49.160 seconds N;

ii. 89 degrees 23 minutes 46.500 seconds W

29 degrees 41 minutes 09.948 seconds N;

iii.        following the current public oyster seed ground boundary line and shorelines back to point of beginning.

                                   

See above for a map depicting these areas.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

 

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