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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Resolution Regarding Gulf Red Snapper

Release Date: 04/08/2016

 

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For Immediate Release
April 8, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

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(504) 286-8745

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Resolution Regarding Gulf Red Snapper

April 7, 2016 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) commended the department on its leadership in the development of LA Creel (an improved recreational landings data collection system) and the work with the other Gulf states and congressional representatives toward a solution that would implement an alternative framework for cooperative state-based management of Gulf red snapper.

Additionally, the commission adopted a resolution to work diligently with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries toward a solution for successful management of the red snapper resource for the betterment of the fisheries, including supporting the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority, a framework created by the five Gulf states for cooperative management of Gulf red snapper.

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 recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

Big Bass Rodeo Continues to Grow in Its 69th Year

Release Date: 04/06/2016

Darryl Delerno, Jr., Joel Courcelle Award
Brennan LeJeune, Paul Kalman Award
Mandeville High School Bass Busters

Despite a brisk and windy morning, over 680 New Orleans area anglers gathered in City Park to compete in the 69th annual Big Bass Rodeo hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and New Orleans City Park.
 
Darryl Delerno, Jr., of Gretna, landed a 4.13-pound bass, earning him the Joel Courcelle Award for top bass of the day.  Dalerno was also awarded the right to compete in the upcoming Champion’s Challenge against previous winners.
 
Even the youngest of anglers braved the weather to try their hand at landing an award-winning catch. Brennan LeJeune reeled in a 1.1-pound largemouth bass and took home the Paul Kalman Award for largest catch for anglers 12 years old or younger. Nathan McCann came in first place with his .64-pound weight in the bream, cichlid or perch category.
 
A new competition category brought high school rivalry to a whole new level.  Battle for the Bass pitted high schools fishing teams of up to five members against one another to land the two largest bass per team. The Bass Busters of Mandeville High School took home the inaugural honor with an overall combined weight of 5.25 pounds.  The team of Bailey Madere, Trenton Pittman, Garrett Williams, Cole Plaisance and Clay Thrasher beat out 30 other area teams for the top prize and bragging rights.
 
For more information on the Big Bass Rodeo or Battle for the Bass, contact outreach@wlf.la.gov or visit www.fishla.org.
 
A complete list of winners is as follows:
 
Bass Category-Adult
1.     Darryl Delerno, Jr. – 4.13 lbs.
2.     DJ Parr – 3.88 lbs.
3.     Mike Laviolette – 3.22 lbs.
 
Champion’s Challenge
1.     Cary Smith – 2.76 lbs.
 
Cichlid and Bream Team
1.     Team Camo – 3.97 lbs.
2.     Stop, Drop and Reel – 3.18 lbs.
3.     Get the Net – 2.5 lbs.
 
Catch-A-Cat
1.     Zach Henderson – 16.38 lbs.
 
Catch-A-Gar
1.     Peter Durr – 1.77 lbs.
 
Bass Category-Junior
1.     Brennan LeJeune – 1.1 lbs.
2.     Hunter Thomassie – 0.89 lbs.
3.     Jacob Breaux – 0.64 lbs.
 
Bream, Cichlid or Perch-Junior
1.     Nathan McCann – 0.64 lbs.
2.     Caleb Buras – 0.48 lbs.
3.     Brooklyn Schneider - .30 lbs.
 
Battle for the Bass
1.     Bass Busters from Mandeville High School – Total weight: 5.25 lbs.
2.     Griffins from Dutchtown High School – Total weight: 2.32 lbs.
3.     Fishing of Any Kind from Archbishop Rummel High School – Total Weight 2.24 lbs.
 
Bass Category-Boats on the Bayou
1.     Kevin Metz – 3.04 lbs.
2.     Chase Crawford – 2.17 lbs.
3.     Luke Beslin – 0.86 lbs.
 
Trout Category-Boats on the Bayou
1.     Chris Holmes – 1.84 lbs.
2.     Sam McCarroll – 0.77 lbs.
 
Trashbash Category-Boats on the Bayou
1.     Geoffrey Vdoff - 0.72 lbs.
2.     Geoffrey Vdoff - 0.34 lbs.
3.     Geoffrey Vdoff – 0.33 lbs.

LA Crab Task Force to Meet Tuesday, April 5th

Release Date: 04/01/2016

 

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For Immediate Release
April 1, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

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LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet

                                                                             

 

Pete Gerica, Chairman

Tuesday, April 5, at 1:00 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., Room 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

I.            Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

II.           Approval of January 12 meeting minutes and April 5, 2016 agenda

III.          Financial Report

IV.          Old Business

A.    Further Discussion of Management Options- Pete Gerica

V.           New Business

A.     2016 Derelict Crab Trap Cleanup Summary - LDWF

B.     Changes to the LFF Professionalism Program - LDWF

C.     Discussion and Definition of Navigable Waters - Pete Gerica

D.     Discussion of black drum regulations and issues that will protect smaller crab population - Emery Lebouef

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/5038509109365190148

 

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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

Partial Reopening of Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation

Release Date: 03/31/2016

Partial Reopening of Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will reopen a portion of the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation at one half-hour before sunrise on Monday, April 4, 2016, for the purpose of market oyster harvest only.  This area will close at one half-hour after sunset on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
 
The portion of the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation to be reopened is the area west of a line of longitude at 90 degrees 55 minutes 25.907 seconds W.  The daily and possession sack limit is set at 25, and the following conditions also apply:

  • All oysters aboard a vessel harvesting on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation are deemed to have been taken from the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation.
  • Prior to leaving the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation, all oysters must be sacked, the number of sacks harvested recorded in a logbook and each sack properly tagged.
  • All vessels located in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation during those times between one half-hour after sunset and one half-hour before sunrise should have all oyster dredges unshackled.

Public notice of any opening, delay or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

PARTIAL RE-OPENING OF SEED GROUNDS IN MISSISSIPPI SOUND AND LAKE BORGNE FOR OYSTER TRANSPLANT

Release Date: 03/29/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that a portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds in Mississippi Sound and Lake Borgne shall re-open at one half hour before sunrise on Friday, April 1, 2016 and shall close at one-half hour after sunset on Thursday, April 14, 2016.  This re-opening is for the purpose of conducting a permitted transplant, or relay, of live oysters for bedding purposes only from waters within the Public Oyster Seed Grounds further described in the map here which are currently classified as “closed” by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH).  All individuals found harvesting in this area must possess a valid LDHH Oyster Transplant Permit.

The Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is authorized to take emergency action to re-open Public Oyster Seed Grounds and Reservations if sufficient quantities of oysters are available, to adjust sack limits and sacking-only areas, and to take emergency action as necessary to close this area if it is found that excessive amounts of non-living reef material is present in transplant loads.

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

AMENDED - Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 03/24/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
March 24, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive, The Louisiana Room

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

AMENDED AGENDA:

 

I.         Roll call and introduction of guests

II.        Approval of March 2, 2016 Meeting Minutes and March 29, 2016 agenda

III.       Treasury Report

A.      Oyster Tag Sales

B.      LOTF Financial Report

IV.         Committee Reports

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

B.      Enforcement (Captain Chad Hebert)

C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.      Research

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.       Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Lance Broussard)

H.      Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

J.       Aquaculture

K.      Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee (John Tesvich)

V.         New Business

A.    Legislative Update (LDWF)

B.    Discussion of the VMS Cargo Vessel Requirements- Brad Robin

C.    Discussion of  the ‘Taste of the Senate Event’- Mitch Jurisich

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/6854380050228477188

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 recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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Baton Rouge, LDWF Wants You to Get Out and Fish!

Release Date: 03/22/2016

(March 22, 2016)  - Join the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and BREC on Saturday, April 23 at the Burbank Soccer Complex in Baton Rouge for the next installment of the agency’s Get Out and Fish! community fishing event series.  Baton Rouge is the newest urban fishing location to host the event.  
 
Prior to the event, the Department will stock 1,000 pounds of adult channel catfish to guarantee hours of non-stop fishing action.
 
This free event offers fun fishing activities for all ages including a mobile touch tank, casting inflatable, appearances by Robbie the Redfish and more. The first 100 pre-registered participants will receive a free goody bag.  In addition, every participant will be entered into a raffle drawing to win prizes. Lunch will be provided by the BREC Foundation and beverages by Coca-Cola of Baton Rouge.
 
Fishing competition categories include heaviest channel catfish and heaviest “other” fish. Age divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15) and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older). Anglers 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license.
 
Online registration is available here. Participants should bring their own gear, bait, tackle and ice chest in which to hold your catch.
 
The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations.
 
Previous event sites include Girard Park Pond in Lafayette, Zemurray Park Pond in Hammond and Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park in Chalmette.
 
This event 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 LDWF and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.
 
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.
 
For more information on Get Out and Fish! Program, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282.  

AMENDED: Map Boundaries have been adjusted near MS / LA State line.

Release Date: 03/20/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
March 20, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

AMENDED: Map Boundaries have been adjusted near MS / LA State line.

Oyster Transplant Permits Available

Map boundaries have been amended near Mississippi / Louisiana state line.

March 20, 2016 - As part of an initiative by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to provide additional harvest opportunities for the Louisiana oyster industry, licensed Louisiana oyster harvesters will be permitted to move oysters from the public oyster seed grounds located in Lake Borgne and Mississippi Sound (DHH harvest areas 1 and 2) in early April and transplant them to their private leases for later harvest. This program is for the purpose of moving live oyster resource from restricted areas of the public oyster seed grounds to private leases.

 

To view a map of the proposed transplant area click here.

 

The two state agencies allow such transplants on a permit-only basis, and will only allow the transplant if the oyster season in this area of the public oyster seed grounds is reopened. Permit applications will be accepted March 14 through March 25, 2016 at 628 N. 4th Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 

The transplant permit fee is $100 and a performance bond of $5,000 must accompany the transplant application. Oyster fishermen who are granted permits will be allowed to transplant during daylight hours between April 1 and April 14, 2016 only, and each transplant vessel must be under the direct supervision of a commissioned officer. All costs associated with the commissioned officer are the responsibility of the person securing the permit. A map identifying the lease where the oysters to be transplanted will be bedded must accompany each permit application.  Incomplete applications will be rejected.

 

Oyster fishermen who receive permits will be allowed to transplant oysters taken from the public oyster seed grounds in Lake Borgne and Mississippi Sound only to a lease pre-approved by DHH. The oysters that are transplanted must remain on the lease until written approval for market harvest is obtained from DHH. No part of any lease on which shellfish have been transplanted may be utilized for direct market harvesting during this period. Shellfish taken for transplanting purposes shall not be laid down within 500 feet of any adjoining lease where shellfish may be taken for sale as food during the active period of the transplant.

 

The Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has the authority to close the oyster season in this area if excessive amounts of non-living reef material are found in the oyster loads that are being transplanted.

 

Applications for transplant permits may be obtained between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, please contact Gordon LeBlanc or Christopher Lemaire, DHH Commercial Seafood Program at 225-342-7539 or 225-342-7540.

 

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 recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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Over 2,500 Abandoned Traps Removed from Louisiana Waters During LDWF Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo

Release Date: 03/16/2016

LDWF Caolina Bourque collects an accurate count.
Volunteers unload abandoned traps from a vessel during the volunteer day on Lake Pontchartrain.

(March 15, 2016) - Over the course of two February weekends, volunteers, staff and members of the commercial fishing industry retrieved more than 2,500 traps during the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo.
 
Two events were held on separate Saturdays, but cleanup efforts continued in the designated areas throughout the closure period.
 
The Lake Pontchartrain cleanup, headed by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, was based out of Pelican Pointe Marina in Orleans Parish on February 13. Volunteers from LPBF, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local chapters of the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana worked with LDWF personnel to collect 554 traps during the event, and LDWF and LPBF staff continued to collect an additional 832 traps during the closure for a grand total of 1,386 traps removed.
 
John Lopez with LPBF said, “Picking up the ghost traps is hard, but very rewarding work. We thank all the volunteers and sponsors who support this worthwhile effort.”
 
The Barataria Basin cleanup, headed by the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, was staged out of Jean Lafitte Harbor in Jefferson Parish on February 20. Volunteers from BTNEP, local CCA chapters and commercial crabbers worked in coordination with the Department to collect 874 traps. During the remaining closure period, an additional 320 traps were collected, for a total of 1,194 traps removed. 
 
Seth Moncrief of BTNEP was extremely appreciative of the outpouring of support, “Thanks to everyone who helped with the 2016 Derelict Crap Trap Rodeo. It was a great effort that removed four thirty-yard dumpsters worth of traps from the waters near Lafitte.”
 
LDWF initiated the volunteer-based Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program in 2004 to address removal of derelict and abandoned crab traps. The program is funded in part by the sale of Louisiana commercial and recreational crab fishing licenses. Since the program’s inception, volunteers have assisted in removing nearly 27,366 traps. Removal of these traps is imperative since they increase ghost-fishing mortality of blue crabs and other species captured incidentally, interfere with other commercial fishing gear types, create navigational hazards and reduce visual appeal of the environment.
 
The success of these events would not be possible without the support of the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation, Boat Stuf Discount Marine Supplies, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Marsh and Bayou, Southside Grill and members of the general public.

NOAA Fisheries to Host Public Meetings this April in LA to Discuss Potential Skimmer Trawl Regulations

Release Date: 03/15/2016

(March 15, 2016) – NOAA Fisheries is considering new regulations in the shrimp fishery of the southeastern United States.  Citing new information that sea turtles are vulnerable to capture by skimmer trawls and that tow times may not be as effective in reducing bycatch-related mortality as turtle excluder devices, NOAA is considering new regulations. NOAA will host two public meetings in Louisiana to discuss and receive input from fishermen and other constituents on this issue.
 
Meeting schedule is below:

  • Larose, LA -- April 18, 2016, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Larose Regional Park and Civic Center, 307 East 5th Street, Larose, LA 70373.
  • Belle Chasse, LA -- April 19, 2016, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Belle Chasse Community Center, 8398 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037.

Commercial shrimpers are encouraged to provide their input regarding potential changes to shrimp regulations.
 
Below are links to documents created by NOAA to help you prepare for the public meetings.
 
NOAA FAQs
NOAA Scoping Document

 

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