Fishing

Louisiana Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through June 2

Release Date: 06/14/2019

For Immediate Release
 

Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' near real-time data collection program, is 183,766 pounds, or 23 percent of Louisiana’s allocation. This covers the period through June 2, 2019.
 
The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 816,439 pounds.

The private recreational red snapper season begin on Friday, May 24 in both state and federal waters. This season will run weekends only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including the Monday of Memorial Day and Thursday of Fourth of July) with a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size limit.

The 2019 season will remain open until private recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s private recreational allocation of red snapper approved under the EFP according to landings estimates from LA Creel.

Louisiana is operating under its second year of an EFP which allows the state to manage the private recreational red snapper season in state and federal waters. Under the EFP, participating anglers are allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal EEZ, from shore to 200 nautical miles, during the season set by the LDWF Secretary or Commission. NOAA Fisheries continues to regulate federal for-hire vessels (charter and headboats). State charter captains (those who do not have a federal Gulf of Mexico charter permit for reef fish) may only fish for red snapper in state waters when the state recreational red snapper season is open.
 
For more information on the 2019 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper.

The department urges anglers’ voluntary participation in its electronic reporting program to improve recreational harvest data collection. To learn how to participate in voluntarily reporting your catch, please reference the appropriate link below, depending on the make of your cellular device.

ROLP mobile app (Android phone)
ROLP mobile app (iPhone)

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

 

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meeting

Release Date: 06/13/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host an informational meeting next week to update the public on the current status of aquatic plant control efforts on Lake Bistineau. 
  
Who: LDWF, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Louisiana State University    
  
When: Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 7 p.m. 
  
Where: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office 
             Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom 
             9961 Hwy. 80 
             Minden, LA 71055 
  
The meeting will include a lake status update and presentation on future biological and chemical research projects intended for the control of giant salvinia. This meeting is open to the public. 
  
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

LDWF preliminary findings show flooding affecting shellfish, finfish

Release Date: 06/11/2019

The recent Louisiana high water events along with the opening of the Bonne Carre’ Spillway are having a noticeable effect on the state’s supply of oysters, shrimp, crab and finfish, according to preliminary assessments from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

Preliminary results from monitoring of commercial harvest using data available as of June 6 show that for oysters on public water-bottoms, landings have declined by 80 percent from the average for the year-to-date and are 89 percent below the average for March-April.

Statewide shrimp landings (brown and white shrimp combined) declined by 36 percent for the month of March, and 63 percent for the month of April, when compared to the five-year average.

Statewide blue crab landings have decreased by 33 percent for the month of March, and 45 percent for the month of April when compared to the five-year average.

Concerning finfish, preliminary findings show that landings are down for black drum, 53 percent in the Vermilion-Tech basin and down 43 percent year-to-date in the Calcasieu basin, commercial black drum landings are down 31 percent year to date.  Recreational harvest of red drum and spotted seatrout are also reduced compared to other recent years, as monitored by LA Creel.

LDWF personnel are also monitoring salinities as well as abundance of fish and shellfish in all the major estuaries of the coast.

(For more a complete list of findings, please view the LDWF preliminary report at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/floodinfo)

LDWF biologists also continue to monitor the flooding impacts on fishery and wildlife resources resulting from the first and the recent second Bonne Carré Spillway openings order by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Since January, there has been an increase in sea turtle and marine mammal strandings along the coast of the state. LDWF continues to work with the federal government and other agencies in assessing the situation.

The true impact of the spillway opening and other high water events on fish and animals won’t be known for months as data continues to be collected and analyzed by both state and federal agencies.

 

LDWF Reminds Offshore Anglers That An ROLP Is Still Needed During Free Fishing Weekend

Release Date: 06/07/2019

LDWF would like to remind anglers that during this free fishing weekend, June 8 and 9, that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP) is still needed when possessing tunas, snappers, groupers, amberjacks, hinds, cobia, wahoo, dolphin fish, billfish, and swordfish,.  When registering for an ROLP anglers should choose the “Free Fishing Weekend 2019” option when asked for their license type.  Registering for an ROLP in this manner does not require a fishing license number and the ROLP will be valid Saturday, June 8, 2019 and Sunday, June 9, 2019.

To register for an ROLP please go to https://rolp.wlf.la.gov or download the ROLP app in the Apple App Store: click here or Google Play Store: click here.

The department also urges anglers’ voluntary participation in its electronic reporting program to improve recreational harvest data collection. To learn how to participate in voluntarily reporting your catch, please reference the appropriate link below, depending on the make of your cellular device.

 

ROLP mobile app (Android phone)
ROLP mobile app (iPhone)

 

Louisiana Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through May 26

Release Date: 06/07/2019

Louisiana anglers are taking full advantage of the red snapper season that opened May 24.
 
The latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' near real-time data collection program is 62,179 pounds, or 8 percent of Louisiana’s allocation. This covers the period through May 26, 2019.
 
The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 816,439 pounds.
 

The private recreational red snapper season begin on Friday, May 24 in both state and federal waters. This season will run weekends only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including the Monday of Memorial Day and Thursday of Fourth of July) with a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size limit.

The 2019 season will remain open until private recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s private recreational allocation of red snapper approved under the EFP according to landings estimates from LA Creel.

Louisiana is operating under its second year of an EFP which allows the state to manage the private recreational red snapper season in state and federal waters. Under the EFP, participating anglers are allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal EEZ, from shore to 200 nautical miles, during the season set by the LDWF Secretary or Commission. NOAA Fisheries continues to regulate federal for-hire vessels (charter and headboats). State charter captains (those who do not have a federal Gulf of Mexico charter permit for reef fish) may only fish for red snapper in state waters when the state recreational red snapper season is open.
 
For more information on the 2019 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper.

 

The department urges anglers’ voluntary participation in its electronic reporting program to improve recreational harvest data collection. To learn how to participate in voluntarily reporting your catch, please reference the appropriate link below, depending on the make of your cellular device.

 

ROLP mobile app (Android phone)
ROLP mobile app (iPhone)

 

 

Shrimp Task Force to Meet Friday June 7, at 10 a.m.

Release Date: 06/04/2019

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Friday, June 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll call and Introduction of Guests

III. Approval of June 7, 2019 meeting agenda

IV. New Business

A. To Discuss the Current Issues Facing the Shrimping Industry as a Result of the Spillway Openings- STF

V. Public Comment

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/8594745354536655629

 

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.

 

Federal Funding Available to Accommodate Transient Boaters in Louisiana

Release Date: 06/03/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for the Sport Fish Restoration Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG Program).  The United States Fish and Wildlife Service designed this grant program to provide mooring accommodations for transient recreational boaters (i.e., boaters traveling to a single facility for day use or staying at a single facility for up to 15 days) with vessels greater than 26 feet in length. 

There are two levels of available funding - Tier I with a maximum of $200,000 and Tier II with a maximum of $1.5 million dollars. Tier II grant applications are nationally competitive.  Both funding opportunities have a minimum non-federal match requirement of 25 percent of the total project cost to be provided by the applicant. All project elements must be designed to accommodate recreational transient boaters.  More information on the BIG Program can be found here.

Applications for the BIG Program must be received by LDWF before August 5, 2019, to be considered for the current funding cycle. 

For questions or to request an application, please contact Melissa Longman at mlongman@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2343. 

 

Take Part in Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9

Release Date: 06/03/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites you to take part in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. Louisiana’s Free Fishing Weekend is an opportunity for Louisiana residents and visitors alike to fish Louisiana waters without an otherwise required fishing license. 
  
“This weekend we encourage all of our residents to grab a pole, get outside and enjoy our beautiful Sportsman’s Paradise,” said Secretary Jack Montoucet. “Whether your interest is saltwater or fresh, Louisiana offers some of the best and most diverse fishing opportunities in the world, and we welcome you to become part of the long-standing tradition of Louisiana fishing.”

 

While a fishing license is not required, all fishing regulations, including size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions will remain in effect. 

 

Also, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is offering a unique, incentive-based fishing experience with its Get Out and Fish! Weekend Derby. Any tagged catfish landed on June 8 through 9 at a Get Out & Fish! site is eligible for a prize sponsored by Berkley and Louisiana Fish Fry.  Tagged channel catfish will be stocked at 10 LDWF Get Out and Fish! ponds across Louisiana. For more information about the event including directions, reporting instructions, and derby rules, click here.
  
With the exception of free fishing weekend, anglers 16 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Louisianans who decide to continue fishing the remainder of the year are invited to purchase a state fishing license at https://la-web.s3licensing.com
  
By purchasing a fishing license, you also help provide funding for public fishing and boating access, fishing programs and education and fisheries management through the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.

B-roll and photography can be found at: https://ldwf.canto.com/v/GenericFamilyFishingImages/

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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