Oyster Task Force to Meet February 2nd

Release Date: 01/26/2016

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 1:00 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210

New Orleans




I.      Roll call and introduction of guests

II.    Approval of January 5, 2016 Meeting Minutes and February 2, 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 (Patrick Banks)

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)


VI.   New Business

A.     Update on oyster and water quality sampling related to the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening (LDWF Staff)

B.     FDA training as requirement for Louisiana Oyster Harvesters License (LDWF Staff)


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

New Year, New License to Win! Sweepstakes Winners

Release Date: 01/25/2016

(Jan. 25, 2016) - The opportunity to win a brand new 22-foot Bullsbay boat with trailer is still on the line as part of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ first annual License to Win! promotion. In partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, the Department also selects monthly prize winners as part of the sweepstakes. Six lucky winners were selected in the December drawing held on January 1 including Clayton Branton, Dustin Comeaux, Landon Courtney, Ray Graham, Bradley Hebert and Jesse Horn.
The winners were among thousands of names entered when they purchased a 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing license.
The sweepstakes includes fives monthly prize winners of a YETI Tundra 45 ice chest, Shimano Curado G-Loomis Combo or gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Texaco and Whole Foods Market.
The License to Win! sweepstakes encourages anglers to provide accurate contact information to participate in a survey (LA Creel) that helps LDWF manage their fishery. LA Creel is the data-gathering survey that allows LDWF biologists to manage our fisheries at localized levels across the state. The success of LA Creel will not only allow the Department to better manage fisheries, but will ultimately maximize the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers. 
We’re only halfway through this year-long promotion, leaving plenty opportunity for your chance to be our next lucky winner.  Visit your nearest license vendor or go online ( to purchase your recreational saltwater license to be eligible for next month’s drawing. The department will continue to select five winners each month, and one lucky angler will take home the grand prize, a 22 foot bay boat, trailer and motor donated by Venice Marina, Mercury Outboards and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot.
Rules, photos and additional information can be found at

Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet 1-26-16

Release Date: 01/22/2016

Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 1:00 P.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122




I.              Call to Order

II.            Seed Ground Permit renewal

III.         Discussion of the ‘red-line’

IV.          Dredge size on public seed grounds

V.             Update on oyster transplant considerations

VI.          Public Comment

VII.        Set next meeting

VIII.     Adjourn




Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee to Meet 1-26-16

Release Date: 01/22/2016

Oyster Task Force

Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 10:30 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122




I.               Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.             Continuing discussion on issues and parameters to follow in lifting oyster lease moratorium

III.           Set next meeting date

III.         Adjourn




Fall Shrimp Season To Close in State Inside and Outside Waters

Release Date: 01/21/2016

News Release


For Immediate Release

January 21, 2016


Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information

(504) 286-8745

(Jan. 21, 2016) Today, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon announced a closure of the fall shrimp season in remaining state inside waters and in a portion of state outside waters effective Monday, January 25, 2016 at official sunset.


Specifically, those waters that will close to shrimping include:


  • Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO)


  • The portion of state outside waters extending a distance of 3 nautical miles seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude


The following state waters will remain open to shrimping until further notice:


  • The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2


  • All state outside waters east of Caillou Boca as well as all state outside waters west of Freshwater Bayou Canal


  • All fishery jurisdiction waters claimed by the state beyond the three nautical mile closure zone


For a map detailing today’s actions click here


Regulations state that the possession count on saltwater, white shrimp shall 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 both the fall inshore shrimp season and shrimping in the state’s territorial sea when biological and technical data indicate the need. Recent sampling conducted by the LDWF Fisheries biologists indicates that average white shrimp size in those 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.


Louisiana continues to lead the country in shrimp landings. In 2014, Louisiana commercial shrimpers landed 113.3 million pounds of shrimp (all species combined/heads-on weight) with a dockside value of $236.2 million.


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 follow us on Twitter @LDWF.


For more information, contact Jeff Marx (337) 373-0032 .


Get Out and Fish! Event at Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park a Success

Release Date: 01/19/2016


News Release
For Immediate Release
January 19, 2016
Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
(504) 286-8745


Get Out and Fish! Event at Sidney D.Torres Memorial Park is a Success

The Get Out and Fish! event at Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park in Chalmette last Saturday attracted over 500 participants! Anglers arrived ready to fish for their chance to catch department-stocked rainbow trout donated by Greer’s National Fish Hatchery.
LDWF and St. Bernard Parish will continue stocking Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park with two more stockings of adult-sized channel catfish in the months to come.
"I was amazed at the number of people that came out to the event,” explained Fisheries Extension Program Manager, Danica Williams. “Everyone seemed very appreciative of the Get Out & Fish! event that provided family and friends an opportunity to fish close to their homes.”
This free event hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, St. Bernard Parish and the St. Bernard Sportsman's League offered fun fishing activities for all ages including a mobile touch tank, casting inflatable and more. The first 200 pre-registered participants received a variety of gifts from our sponsors.  Additionally, every participant was entered into a raffle drawing and an array of prizes were given away to the attendees. The St. Bernard Parish Fire Department provided lunch for all attendees.
Fishing competition categories included heaviest rainbow trout and heaviest “other” fish. Age divisions included Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15) and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older). Results are below.
Rainbow Trout:
Little Angler
1st  Nicholas Jovanovich
Junior Angler 
1st Mason Dakin
Adult Angler
1st Robert Heaton
Other Species:
Little Angler
1st Catherine Hamby
2nd David Roy
3rd Wyatt Oser
Junior Angler
1st John Nazareth
2nd Eva Walls
3rd Sawyer Metz
Adult Angler
1st Michael Phan
2nd Stephanie Majesty
3rd John Nguyen
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 to our future generation of anglers.
Saturday’s sponsors included Hook and Line Sporting Goods, Studio Inferno, St. Bernard Sportsman’s League, St. Bernard-Arabi Kiwanis, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, St. Bernard Fire Department, Today’s Ketch Seafood, Chalmette Cinema, LSU AgCenter, Knights of Nemesis and the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana.
For event information, contact Danica Williams at or (504) 628-7282.
This event is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF). 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 fish resources.

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


Louisiana DHH to Open Oyster Harvest Area 5

Release Date: 01/19/2016

News Release


For Immediate Release

January 19, 2016


Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
(504) 286-8745

(January 19, 2016) – The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is re-opening oyster harvest area 5 on the east side of the Mississippi River effective at one-half hour before sunrise tomorrow, January 20. 

Currently, LDWF has the public oyster seed grounds in these areas open FOR SACKING ONLY with a 50-sack daily and possession limit.  Therefore, vessels will be allowed to resume market harvest on the public grounds in this area starting tomorrow at one-half hour before sunrise.

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issued a molluscan shellfish closure order on December 11, 2015 for harvest areas 1 – 7 due to the presence of karenia brevis (Red Tide).  Today’s action only opens harvest area 5, last week DHH opened harvest areas 6 & 7.   Areas 1-4 remain closed until further notice.

To view a map of the Louisiana oyster harvest area grids, click here.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at or To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at

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