Fishing

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet January 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Release Date: 01/04/2018

                                                                             

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 1:00pm

UNO Advanced Technology Center 

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70148

 

AGENDA

 

I. Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

II. Approval of October 10, 2017 Minutes and January 9, 2018 Agenda

III. Financial Report

IV. New Business

     A. Discussion of an Amendment to the two-month crab season closure wherein, the carvest of all Crabs would be included in the closure of the season for an entire month and to consider scheduling the closure earlier in the year- Representative Jerry Gisclair    

     B. To Hear an Update on the 2018 Derelict Crab Trap Closures- Peyton Cagle

     C. To Hear a Presentation on Crab Import Data- Jack Isaacs

     D. To Submit 3 CTF Nominations for Consideration to be Appointed to the Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board  – CTF

     E. Discussion of Blue Crab Bycatch Regulations/ Limit Proposal- George Jackson

     F. Discussion of Task Force Name Tags and T-Shirts- Warren Delacroix

    G. Discussion of Crab Task Force Ethics Requirements- Warren Delacroix

    H. Officer Elections

V. Public Comment

VI. Set Next Meeting

VII. 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 athttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2203924166716895747

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

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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.

 

 

RECREATIONAL GRAY TRIGGERFISH SEASON TO CLOSE FROM JANUARY 16 THROUGH THE END OF FEBRUARY.

Release Date: 01/03/2018

January 3, 2018 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the season for the recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will close in Louisiana waters on January 16, 2018 and remain closed through February 28, 2018. The recreational season will open as originally scheduled on January 1, 2018 and run through January 15, 2018 and then resume on March 1, 2018. NOAA Fisheries announced that new regulations are being enacted to help rebuild the gray triggerfish stock. NOAA Fisheries requested that Louisiana state waters also remain closed for that period.  The changes to the recreational season include an additional recreational fixed closed season from January 1 through the end of February of each year along with the currently established June 1 to July 31 fixed closed season.

 

Further changes enacted by NOAA Fisheries include size and bag limit changes which will also take effect in federal waters on January 16.  These changes include an increase in the recreational minimum size to 15 inches fork length and a reduction in the recreational bag limit to 1 gray triggerfish per angler per day within the 20-reef fish aggregate bag limit (species within the 20-reef fish aggregate are vermillion snapper, lane snapper, almaco jack, gray triggerfish, and tilefishes). Commercial trip limits have also changed to 16 gray triggerfish per trip. These additional changes to gray triggerfish regulations will be addressed at a future Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in previously promulgated rules (LAC 76.VII.335.G.5) to change or modify the opening and closing dates for any recreational reef fish season in Louisiana waters when notified of a modification to a season by NOAA Fisheries.  

 

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.

 

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.

NOAA Fisheries Certifies Louisiana Recreational Creel Survey

Release Date: 12/29/2017

Today, NOAA Fisheries announced the certification of the Louisiana Recreational Creel (LA Creel) survey design. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries uses LA Creel as an alternative general survey to estimate recreational fishing catch and effort, or number of angler trips. It was designed to provide catch estimates for offshore fisheries, that are more precise than the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) general survey estimates, to allow estimates by state drainage basin that were not currently feasible under MRIP, and also to provide preliminary estimates weekly during the fishing season.

On Background

Since 2014, the State and NOAA Fisheries, along with outside consultants, have been working collaboratively to develop and refine the LA Creel sampling and estimation methods. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries developed the survey design, and MRIP provided technical support for subsequent improvement that was a collaborative project between the agencies. MRIP also coordinated the independent peer review of the design.

Now that the LA Creel survey design has been certified, it is eligible for federal funding to support ongoing improvements and implementation. Use of LA Creel catch statistics in stock assessments and management actions, requires their conversion into a “common currency” that makes them comparable to historical MRIP estimates. Implementation of such a conversion requires development of peer-reviewed scientifically valid methods.

LA Creel is one of several Gulf of Mexico surveys that has been developed by the states with technical support from MRIP. Survey designs to supplement MRIP catch and effort estimates for red snapper are currently under review for certification in Alabama and Mississippi. Additionally, Florida has developed a supplemental reef fish survey design that will be peer reviewed in February 2018.

The process of supporting the development and certification of new survey designs demonstrates MRIP’s commitment to working with our state and regional partners to meet their unique data needs and advance new methods and technologies. This is critical to improving recreational fishing data collection efforts and ensuring fishing opportunities for future generations. The LA Creel program is intended to implement an approach to address Louisiana-specific needs such as monitoring of harvest by drainage basin, which is critical to understanding fisheries in the rapidly changing coastal landscape of the state.

LDWF installs the first artificial reefs in Vernon Lake

Release Date: 12/28/2017

LDWF installs the first artificial reefs in Vernon Lake

Baton Rouge – LDWF Inland Fisheries biologists deployed two new freshwater artificial reefs into Vernon Lake on Thursday, December 14, 2017.

The reefs, composed of PVC pipe donated by the Entergy office in Fort Polk, are held in place by concrete and will provide additional habitat for juvenile fish and offer anglers increased fishing opportunity on Vernon Lake. Inland Biologists will conduct surveys this summer to quantify fish utilizing the reefs.  This installation raises the LDWF freshwater artificial reef total to 70 reefs on 15 waterbodies across the state. 

Material for this project was secured through a partnership with Entergy Louisiana and the Vernon Parish Game and Fish Commission.  Volunteers included LDWF staff from 2 district offices, Vernon Parish Game and Fish Commission members, and Vernon Parish Police Jury employees. 

Location of the new reefs are listed below.

Vernon Lake Spillway Reef 1                  Vernon Lake Spillway Reef 2

N   31.18269                                             N   31.18497

W -93.35313                                              W -93.35339

For questions regarding the Vernon Lake artificial reefs , please contact LDWF Inland Fisheries Biologist Manager, Sean Kinney at (337) 491-2575 or skinney@wlf.la.gov

For more information about the locations of our artificial reefs across the state, check out our ‘Outdoor Explorer Map Tool’ at: http://arcg.is/0GuDKb.

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 www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in Sister Lake

Release Date: 12/19/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close oyster harvest in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation (POSR) in Terrebonne Parish at one-half hour after sunset on Friday, December 22, 2017.

Recent harvest pressure has depleted the limited supply of oyster resources in this public oyster area. Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in these areas.

To view a map of the current oyster closure areas visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/oyster-season

The Commission authorized the Secretary of LDWF to take emergency action to close areas on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered. The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.

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.

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.

 

Louisiana Anglers Have Cool-Weather Fishing Opportunities to Look Forward to this December

Release Date: 12/14/2017

You don’t typically see rainbow trout in Louisiana waters, but as part of the Get Out and Fish! community fishing program, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is stocking all program ponds with catchable-size trout this December.  

Since this cold-water fish is not a native to Louisiana, this stocking provides a rare opportunity to try to catch a new species of fish. A total of eight ponds located in populated urban centers will offer rainbow trout fishing and may be no more than minutes away from your home.  So, grab your friends and family and try your luck landing a fish you may have never caught before.

For more information about the location of each of the program’s community fishing ponds, stocking dates and the program itself, visit www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1.

Participants 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. To purchase a license online, visit https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com.

The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing, recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations. 

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 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.

For more information, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2375. 

 

 

LDWF to Close Shrimp Season in Portions of State Inside Waters

Release Date: 12/14/2017

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the fall shrimp season will close in a portion of state inside waters effective Monday, December 18, 2017 at official sunset.

Specifically, those waters that will close to shrimping include:

  • All state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line except for the following waters located east of the Mississippi River:
    • Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Orleans parish from the GIWW East Closure Sector Gate westward to the GIWW intersection with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2

All state outside waters will remain open at this time.

For a map detailing today’s actions visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons

Existing data do not currently support shrimping closures in additional state inside or outside waters. However, the department will continue monitoring shrimp populations in these waters.

Regulations state that the possession count on saltwater, white shrimp should average no more than 100 (whole shrimp) per pound, with the exception of October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no minimum count size.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission provided the LDWF Secretary with authority to close the fall inshore shrimp season when biological and technical data indicate the need. Recent sampling conducted by the LDWF biologists indicates the average white shrimp size in the waters to be closed is smaller than the minimum possession size limit. This action, which characteristically takes place at this time of year, is designed to protect small, white shrimp and provide opportunity for these populations to over-winter and grow to larger, more marketable sizes.

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle at (337) 491-2575 extension 3017 or peyton.cagle@la.gov .

 

LDWF to construct the first artificial reef in Vernon Lake

Release Date: 12/12/2017

Baton Rouge – LDWF will deploy a new freshwater artificial reef into Vernon Lake on Thursday, December 14.

The artificial reef will provide additional habitat for juvenile fish and offer anglers increased fishing opportunity on Vernon Lake.

The reef will be composed of PVC pipe that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.  Woody debris like trees and branches make for great artificial cover and are part of the habitat enhancement tool kit. However, wood and small limbs decompose relatively quickly and buoyancy can sometimes be an issue. Longer lasting artificial structures, using more durable materials, maximizes the benefits over time, so in recent years LDWF has switched to plastic as the material of choice for freshwater artificial reef structures.

Material for this project was secured through a partnership with Entergy Louisiana and the Vernon Parish Game and Fish Commission.

This project on Vernon Lake will increase the LDWF freshwater artificial reef total to 69 reefs on 15 waterbodies across the state.  For more information about the locations of our artificial reefs across the state, check out our ‘Outdoor Explorer Map Tool’ at: http://arcg.is/0GuDKb and then click the 'Get on the Water' tab.

LDWF staff will be available to media at the Spillway Park on the south end of Vernon Lake at noon on Thursday for interviews and to facilitate photos of reefs on the lake bed after deployment.

 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 www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

 

LWF Commission Modifies Rules for the Importation of Sterlet Sturgeon

Release Date: 12/12/2017

At its mothly meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission considered a Notice of Intent (NOI) to modify rules and regulations for the importation of Sterlet sturgeon into the state.
 
The following stipulations were added to existing regulations for importation of this species to address safety and importation concerns expressed by the House Natural Resource Committee.
 
Shipments of Sterlet sturgeon into Louisiana must be escorted from the state line to the permitted facility by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement or other department approved escorts.
 
In addition, requests for the importation of Sterlet sturgeon from out of state must be made 10 business days before the expected date of shipment, instead of the previously required 3-day notice.
 
There will be a public meeting on the amended NOI on January 24, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the Louisiana Room at LDWF Headquarters in Baton Rouge.
 
Permit restrictions, the full notice of intent and potpourri are available here: 
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items 
 
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Robert Bourgeois, LDWF Permit Manager, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 or via email to rbourgeois@wlf.la.gov  prior to January 24, 2018.

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet Tuesday

Release Date: 12/11/2017

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 10:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Call to Order

II.             Discussion of the RFP for Breton Sound Public Seed Grounds- Earl Melancon

III.           Discussion of the Oyster Lease Relocation Program- LDWF

IV.           Discussion of the Draft Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting NOI- OTF

V.             Public Comment

VI.           Set next meeting

      VII.         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/2938516680730089729

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.

 

 
 
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