L.D.W.F. Announces 2014 Alligator Lottery Hunts

Release Date: 05/23/2014

May 23, 2014 -- In order to continue to provide alligator harvest opportunities, to the general public, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will select eligible alligator hunters through a lottery selection system on 5 Coastal & Nongame Resources (CNR) Division Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), 15 Wildlife Division WMAs, 1 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) property and 25 public lakes for the 2014 alligator harvest season.
The CNR Division WMAs include: Atchafalaya Delta WMA, St. Mary Parish; Pass A Loutre WMA, Plaquemines Parish; Pointe Aux Chenes WMA, Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes; Salvador/Timken WMAs, St. Charles Parish; and Lake Boeuf WMA, Lafourche Parish.
The Wildlife Division WMAs/USACOE property include: Big Lake WMA, Tensas Parish; Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish; Buckhorn WMA, Tensas Parish; Elm Hall WMA, Assumption Parish; Grassy Lake WMA, Avoyelles Parish; Joyce WMA, Tangipahoa Parish; Manchac WMA, St. John the Baptist Parish; Maurepas Swamp WMA, St. John the Baptist, St. James, Ascension, Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes; Sherburne WMA (state portion only), Pointe Coupee and St. Martin parishes; Spring Bayou WMA, Avoyelles Parish; Pearl River WMA, St. Tammany Parish; Richard K. Yancey WMA, Concordia Parish; Dewey  W. Wills WMA, LaSalle and Catahoula parishes; and Russell Sage WMA, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes.
The USACOE property includes Indian Bayou Area (USACOE), St. Landry and St. Martin parishes.
The public lakes include: Lake Bistineau, Webster, Bossier and Bienville parishes; Lake Wallace, Caddo Parish; Black/Cypress Lake and Ivan Lake (Bodcau), Bossier Parish; Cross Lake, Caddo Parish; Kepler Lake, Bienville Parish; Bayou Desiard North, Ouachita Parish; Caney Lake, Jackson Parish; Bartholomew Lake, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes; Kincaid Lake, Rapides Parish; Indian Creek, Rapides Parish; Cotile Lake, Rapides Parish; Nantachie Lake, Grant Parish; Saline Lake, Winn Parish; Toledo Bend, Desoto and Sabine parishes; Lake Bruin, Tensas Parish; Lake Concordia, Concordia Parish; Lake St. John, Tensas Parish; Lake St. Joseph, Tensas Parish; Anacoco Lake and Vernon Lake, Vernon Parish; Caddo Lake, Caddo Parish; Black Lake, Natchitoches Parish; Bundicks Lake, Beauregard Parish; and Lake D’Arbonne, Union Parish.
Interested participants may print out an application from LDWF’s website at or request an application by phone for CNR Division WMAs at 337-373-0032 or Wildlife Division WMAs and public lakes at 225-765-2346.
To assist applicants in selecting specific WMAs/public lakes, LDWF has posted the percentage of lottery alligator harvest applicants selected in 2013 by WMA or public lake on its website at
Applications and non-refundable application fees ($5) must be submitted to the address indicated on corresponding applications and be postmarked by July 5th, 2014.  Only one of the three available lottery alligator harvest applications (CNR Division WMA, Wildlife Division WMA or Wildlife Division Public Lakes) may be submitted per applicant.  Additional applications will result in voiding all applications of the applicant.
The lottery alligator harvests will be conducted between Aug. 27 and Oct. 2.  Exact harvest dates will vary by WMA/public lake and will be specified at the time selected hunters are notified.  Selected hunters may be assigned specific areas to conduct alligator harvest activities on certain WMAs/public lakes.
Applicants must be a legal Louisiana resident and 16 years of age or older.  All successful applicants will be required to purchase an alligator hunting license ($25).  Successful applicants for WMAs will be required to submit payments ($40) for each alligator tag allocated.
All applicants meeting the application requirements will be entered into a randomized computer drawing, which will take place by August, 2014.  Selected hunters will be notified by mail.
For more information concerning CNR Division WMAs, contact Jeb Linscombe at 337-373-0032 or  For more information concerning Wildlife Division WMAs or public lakes, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2346 or

LDWF to Hold Summer Day Camps in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 05/06/2014

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is sponsoring two summer day camps for children 12 to 16 years old at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge this summer.

The camps will be held from June 23-27 and again from July 21-25.  Each camp is completely free of charge and will allow participants to receive their official boater and hunter education certifications.

LDWF will also offer a fish identification class, fishing and canoeing in the ponds at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center, skeet shooting, and other outdoor related classes and activities.  LDWF Environmental Education staff will also assist with the camps and provide workshops on non-consumptive educational programs.

"These camps provide a lot of time for learning classroom material that the children then get a chance to utilize with hands on activities immediately outside later that same day,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “For a week, parents have the chance to let their kids become sportsmen and women in a safe, supervised environment.”

LDWF and Podnuh’s Bar-B-Q of Baton Rouge is providing a daily lunch free of charge for the five-day summer camps.   Cabela's in Gonzales also donated rod and reel combos for each child that they can take home at the end of the camp.  The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana are each providing two lifetime hunting and fishing combo licenses that will be given to four of the participants.

The camps are open to 25 children per camp who have not completed a boater or hunter education certificate.

To register for the camps, parents must fill out the online application by May 27.  Parents must fill out a separate application for each child they wish to register and may only register their child for one of the camps.  The online registration form is located at

Since the main goal of these camps is to introduce and teach kids about the outdoors, LDWF will choose the 25 kids for each camp based on the child’s lack of experience with fishing, boating and hunting.  LDWF will notify parents by either email or phone if their child has been selected for the camps.

Parents with children that have been selected for either camp, must drop off their child at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center located at 4142 North Flannery Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70814 between 7 and 8 a.m., and then pick their child up between 4 and 5 p.m. each day.  Attendance every day of the week is mandatory in order to receive the boating and hunting education certifications.

The boating education course is mandatory for anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 and proof of completion of the course is necessary to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.  The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

The hunter education course is mandatory for anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969, who plans on purchasing a hunting license.  The hunter education curriculum includes sections on ethics and responsibility, wildlife management, firearms and ammunition, safety in the field, wildlife identification and wildlife conservation.  The major objectives of the hunter education programs are to reduce the number of hunting accidents, improve the image of hunting through ethical and responsible conduct and promote the shooting sports.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at or 225-765-2465.

LDWF Stocks Red River

Release Date: 11/22/2013

LDWF Stocks Red River
LDWF Stocks Red River

Nov. 22, 2013 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in cooperation with the Red River Waterway Commission, recently stocked the Red River with over 28,000 Florida strain largemouth bass fingerlings.

This endeavor is a renewal of cooperative stocking efforts between the two agencies.  The RRWC has agreed to a five-year plan to stock $50,000 worth of bass fingerlings annually into the five pools of the Red River.

The fingerlings were evenly distributed amongst the five pools of the river in order to improve fishing opportunities for the recreational angler.  The fish range in size between 4 and 7 inches.

“These fish should have a huge impact on recreational fishing,” explained LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “A few years from now, some of these fish will grow to be 10 pounds or more.”

The fish were purchased by the Red River Waterway Commission from the American Sportfish Hatchery.  The Department will assist with releasing 12,000 more fish by the end of the year, including a stocking on December 5 in Avoyelles Parish.

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

For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at or (504) 286-8733.

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet in New Orleans Tuesday September 17

Release Date: 09/13/2013


Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. The meeting will convene at 10:30 a.m. in Suite 210 of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.  

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

  1. Roll Call of Board Members
  2. Approval of Minutes from July 30, 2013 Meeting
  3. Hearing of Deferred New Permit Appeals
    1. Marty Melerine
  4. Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals
    1. Raymond Green
    2. Troy Alfonso
  5. Update on Recommendations Made at July 30, 2013 Meeting
  6. Receive Public Comments
  7. Set next meeting date
  8. 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 and Sabine 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.

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The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at, on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or

Oyster Task Force to Meet Tuesday September 17 in New Orleans

Release Date: 09/13/2013

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting
John Tesvich, Chairman

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans
I.      Roll Call

II.     Approval of  Agenda and July 30, 2013  MINUTES

III.    Treasury Report
        A. Oyster Tag Sales
        B. LOTF Financial Report
IV.   Committee Reports
       A.  Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)
       B.  Enforcement   - (Sammy Martin)
       C.  Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)
       D.  Research – (John Supan)
       E.  Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)
       F.  Marketing – (Ashley Roth)
      G.  Health – (Tenney Sibley)
      H. Sustainability-(LDWF)

V.   Old Business
      A. 2013-2014 Oyster Season Dates
      B. BP Oil Spill Remediation
          1. Claims Process
          2. Public Reef Remediation
          3. Oyster Lease Remediation
VI. New Business
      A. ISSC Proposals- Al Sunseri
      B. Tracking Oyster Tag Color on Trip Tickets-LDWF
      C. Establishing an educational campaign “Save Our Reefs”
      D. Oyster Reef Educational Tour    

VII. Public Comment

VIII. Set Next Meeting

IX. Adjourn

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LDWF Officials Withdraw Participation from NOAA’s MRIP Survey Program

Release Date: 09/05/2013

NOAA Fisheries Once Again Grossly Miscalculates Red Snapper Quota for the Gulf
September 4, 2013 – In the seemingly endless battle over red snapper management, the Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries took the boldest step to-date, by withdrawing from the NOAA Fisheries Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), the program currently in place to estimate the recreational harvest of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.  A recent review of MRIP data by LDWF biologists indicates NOAA Fisheries has once again seriously miscalculated the recreational red snapper harvest rate for the Gulf of Mexico which resulted in an overharvest of actual Gulf-wide recreational landings during the federal season recommended by the Gulf Council.  This mismanagement hinders the recovery of the stock and penalizes Louisiana anglers who now will likely not have an October federal red snapper season, even though they did not harvest over their allotted fish during the June season.
With support from the Commission, the Department will continue to move forward with its own Louisiana Recreational Creel Survey (LA Creel), a more precise data-gathering tool that will provide real-time quota monitoring to ensure the best management decisions are made.
“Data gathered through MRIP has once again provided such poor figures to make reasonable management decisions, our Department can no longer in good conscience participate in this program,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “Thanks to the participation of anglers in our mission to collect the best, most real-time data through our LA Creel program, I can say with great confidence that the state of the red snapper fishery in Louisiana will be better than ever moving forward.”
The LA Creel has improved methods for precisely estimating recreational harvests and implementing management measures. In the survey’s inaugural year, LDWF biologists measured 23 times more fish and interviewed more than 49 times the vessel trips than the MRIP survey did, already providing a better foundation for sound management of this fishery.  With much more intense sampling, LA Creel will have much tighter confidence intervals and provide more reliable, timely data.
“The decision to move forward with the LA Creel and forgo the MRIP Survey was an easy one,” stated Assistant Secretary of Fisheries Randy Pausina.  “As a state we can no longer afford to sit by while our recreational anglers are penalized due to mediocre data.  It is our obligation as fisheries biologists working with Louisiana licensed anglers to provide the best information for responsibly managing our fisheries.”
For the sixth time in the last seven years, the Gulf of Mexico recreational harvest of red snapper has exceeded the annual catch limit (ACL), a direct result of catch allocations and fishing seasons set based on NOAA Fisheries’ uncertain data. The only year the limit was not exceeded in the last seven years was in 2010 when the recreational fishing season was shortened due to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Preliminary estimates indicate that actual catch was nearly 40 percent higher than the limit.  This estimate does not include the harvest from Texas, which will drive the overage even higher.
“MRIP numbers are all over the place and have been for years,” added Pausina.  “NOAA’s data collection method was never created to be a quota monitoring tool.  We saw a need for a program that could provide this real-time, more robust information, so we simply created one.”
NOAA Fisheries uses MRIP landings estimates from previous years to predict upcoming harvests and set future fishing seasons. There can be a large difference between what NOAA Fisheries predicts will be harvested and how much is actually harvested, resulting in miscalculations and harvest overages. When the uncertainty of the MRIP estimates is examined, it is clear that it is nearly impossible to use these numbers to reasonably forecast recreational harvests.
MRIP landings estimates are so uncertain that Louisiana’s most recent landings (May through June 2013) are somewhere within a range of a half million pounds, between a low of 124,965 pounds and a high of 681,055 pounds. Therefore, there is a major issue in using this data to accurately predict how much will be harvested and appropriately determine catch allocations and fishing seasons to not exceed limits. For this and other reasons, LDWF will no longer conduct the MRIP survey, as of January 1, 2014. 
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at, on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at (504) 430-2623 or


Crab Task Force to Meet August 29 in New Orleans

Release Date: 08/23/2013


The following is the agenda for the Crab Task Force Meeting. The Public is invited to attend.

Thursday, August 29, 1:30 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122



I.   Roll Call and introduction of guests
II.  Approval of meeting Agenda and July 11,2013 minutes
III. Financial Report- Rene LeBreton
            A. MSC payment update

IV. Old Business
            A. Serviceable Crab Trap Law
            B. Derelict Crab Trap Pilot Program

V. New Business
            A. MSC marketing- Kristin McLaren (LSPMB)
            B. Soft Shell Crab Shedding Grant
            C. 2014 Derelict Crab Trap Clean-up
            D. Hard and Soft Crab Landings-LDWF Rep
            E. Lake Pontchartrain Basin- Keith Watts

VI.  Public Comment
VII. Set Next Meeting
VIII. Adjourn


Shrimp Task Force Management Committee to meet Tuesday August 27 in Houma

Release Date: 08/23/2013

 The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Management Committee Meeting

Tuesday, August 27, 2:30 p.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, Louisiana 70360



  1.   Roll Call and introduction of guests
  2.   New Business
    1. Proposed projects for Artificial Reef Fund- LDWF Representative
    2. Skimmer Size Legislation-LDWF Representative
    3. Monterey Bay Updated Rating- LDWF Representative
  3. Public Comment
  4. Adjourn

The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force was created by Act 606 of the Louisiana Legislature to study and monitor the shrimp industry and to make recommendations to the state.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information please contact Ashley Roth at or (228)342-0659.



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