Fishing

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 05/11/2016

John Tesvich, Chairman
Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 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 March 29, 2016, Meeting Minutes and May 17, 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 (Dr. Earl Melancon)
                E. Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
                F. Marketing (LDWF)
                G. Health (Lance Broussard)
                H. Sustainability (LDWF)
                I. Professionalism (LDWF)
                J. Aquaculture
    V.         New Business
                A. Congresstional staff tour of LA oyster industry in early August (Al Sunseri)
                B. Legislative update (LDWF)
                C. Update from Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana on Oyster Shell 
                     Recycling Program (Corey Miller)
                D. Discussion of Industry Advancement Grants (Steve Beck)
                E. Public Oyster Seed Ground 2015/16 season summary (Steve Beck)
                F. Update on the Public Oyster Seed Ground Account (Steve Beck)
                G. Updates to the Public Oyster Seed Groud Areas (Steve Beck)
  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/1710429249885758979

LDWF Announces Lake Bistineau Public Meetings

Release Date: 05/11/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct two informational meetings concerning Lake Bistineau next week. 
 
Who:  LDWF fisheries staff
 
What:  Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
 
When:  Tuesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m.
 
Where:  LDWF Region 1 Office
             Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
              9961 Hwy. 80
              Minden, LA 71055
 
The May 17 meeting will include an update on the current status of the lake and will focus on the most frequently asked questions concerning the management of Lake Bistineau and giant salvinia. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions and have them answered during this meeting. 
 
During the May 19 meeting, LDWF staff will present information on the use of giant salvina weevils on the lake. Everyone interested in Lake Bistineau management is encouraged to attend. 
 
Space is limited to 100 people, so please come early. 
 
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan is available at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
  
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066. 

Louisiana Spring Shrimp Season Dates Set

Release Date: 05/05/2016

Louisiana Spring Shrimp Season Dates Set

The opening dates of the 2016 Louisiana spring shrimp season were announced at today’s Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The Commission set the spring shrimp season dates based on information provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and on public comments.
 
The opening dates for the 2016 Louisiana spring shrimp season are as follows:

  • All state inshore waters at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 23
  •  The portion of state outside waters from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou to open at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 23

LDWF biologists have monitored hydrological parameters and conducted over 500 trawl samples throughout the state’s estuarine and nearshore waters over the last five weeks to develop management recommendations for spring inshore opening dates.  The department provided projections of the dates when a minimum of 50 percent of the inshore brown shrimp population sampled reach sizes of 100 count per pound or larger. 
 
The Commission granted authority to the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to close the season when biological and technical data indicate significant numbers of small, white shrimp have recruited into inshore waters or if law enforcement problems develop. The Secretary is further granted the authority to open any area or reopen any previously closed area, and to open and close special shrimp seasons in any portion of state waters. 
 
For additional information, contact Jeff Marx at jmarx@wlf.la.gov or (337) 373-0032.

LWF Commission Modifies Rules for Recreational Gag and Black Grouper Harvest

Release Date: 05/05/2016

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action on a Notice of Intent to modify regulations for the recreational gag grouper season and gag and black grouper minimum size limits.  The Commission also took action on a Declaration of Emergency to make those season and size limits effective immediately, allowing anglers to take advantage of the earlier season opening while rules are promulgated.
 
The recreational season for gag grouper in Louisiana waters will now open on June 1, 2016, and remain open through December 31, 2016.  The recreational size limit for both gag and black grouper will increase from 22 to 24 inches total length.
 
NOAA Fisheries promulgated rules establishing this season extension and recreational size limit increase in federal waters off Louisiana.  Today’s action will establish state rules consistent with federal regulations.
 
To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.
 
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Jason Adriance, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email to jadriance@wlf.la.gov prior to August 4, 2016.

 

LWF Commission Modifies Rules for Black Bass on Sabine River

Release Date: 05/05/2016

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission considered a Notice of Intent to modify the size limit on black bass on the Lower Sabine River.
 
The NOI proposes a decrease in the minimum length limit (MLL) of black bass from 14 inches to 12 inches on the main stem of the Sabine River from the Toledo Bend Reservoir Dam downstream to the Interstate 10 Bridge. If approved, these changes will go into effect on September 1, 2016. The daily bag limit on black bass will remain at eight fish.  
 
In 2011, Louisiana and Texas entered into an agreement to adopt consistent recreational fishing regulations governing their bordering waters. This modification will maintain consistency with a recent regulation change made by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
 
To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.
 
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Bobby Reed, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601 or via email to breed@wlf.la.gov prior to July 5, 2016.

 

 

Drawdown for Aquatic Vegetation Control on Iatt Lake

Release Date: 05/03/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will initiate a drawdown for vegetation control in Iatt Lake in Grant Parish on May 16, 2016.
 
The lake level will be lowered 8 feet below pool stage to allow drying of the lake bottom, concentrating aquatic vegetation and increasing the effectiveness of herbicide applications.
 
The control structure will be closed no later than the first week of October 2016 to allow the lake to refill.
 
The drawdown is a component of LDWF’s integrated management plan for control of aquatic vegetation in Iatt Lake. Herbicide applications will also be conducted during the drawdown in accessible areas. In addition, 49,000 triploid grass carp were stocked into the lake in the fall of 2015 to control submerged nuisance vegetation.   
 
Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised of boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Ricky Moses, LDWF Biologist Manager, at rmoses@wlf.la.gov or (318) 487-5888.  

Agency Partnership to Expedite Boat Registrations

Release Date: 05/03/2016

News Release

For Immediate Release
May 3, 2016

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

Contact: Kizzy Payton
Press Secretary - LDR
225-219-2718
Kizzy.Payton@la.gov

Agency Partnership to Expedite Boat Registrations

(Baton Rouge, LA) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) have announced a partnership to help expedite the process of registering boats.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue will have a representative at the LDWF headquarters office in Baton Rouge, LA every Monday to help process tax payments for customers registering boats.  In some instances, when customers register a boat purchased from an individual, they are required to pay the taxes on that boat at LDR prior to registering the vessel at LDWF.  This partnership will prevent many customers from visiting both agencies; both transactions can be accomplished at one location.

“We look forward to this partnership with the Department of Revenue, and we will continue to identify opportunities to provide the highest level of customer service for our citizens,” said LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon.

“The partnership with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries represents a great opportunity to collaborate with other state agencies and provide the services needed for Louisiana taxpayers,” said LDR Secretary Kimberly Lewis Robinson. “We look forward to working with them to help expedite this process through this added convenience.”

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.
 

Randy Pausina Resigns from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Release Date: 05/02/2016

Release Date: April 30, 2016

News Release
For Immediate Release

April 29, 2016

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

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

April 29, 2016 – Secretary Charlie Melancon announced today that Randy Pausina has tendered his resignation as an employee of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  His resignation will become effective May 6, 2016. Melancon replaced Pausina as Assistant Secretary of Fisheries in February, and since that time he has continued to serve within the Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fisheries.

“We are thankful for Randy’s many years of service with the Department, and his leadership as Assistant Secretary of Fisheries, said Secretary Melancon.  “We wish Randy the best in the next phase of his career.”

Secretary Melancon replaced Pausina as Assistant Secretary with Patrick Banks, a fifteen-year veteran of the Department who previously served as its Director of Marine Fisheries.  “I am looking forward to working with Patrick and others who I have recently appointed to my leadership team to make this Department the best in the country”, said Melancon.

 

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 Family Fishing Event Draws Hundreds of Baton Rouge Area Families

Release Date: 04/27/2016

LDWF Family Fishing Event Draws Hundreds of Baton Rouge Area Families
LDWF Family Fishing Event Draws Hundreds of Baton Rouge Area Families

On Saturday, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and BREC partnered to host a Get Out and Fish! event at BREC’s Burbank Pond in Baton Rouge.  Over 1000 pounds of catchable size channel catfish were stocked prior to event, creating a fun and successful day of fishing for all ages. With over 350 participants, the event was a huge success.
 
Winners include Little Angler Catfish, 1st Zachary Nguyen with a 4.65lb channel catfish; 2nd Blake Houng; 3rd Leland Andrews Little Angler “Other” 1st Kate Davenport, 2nd Adelyn Combert, 3rd Ellis Davenport, Junior Angler Catfish 1st Anderson Nguyen with a 5.46lb channel catfish, 2nd Nathan Caillouet, 3rd Trent Bergeron, Junior Angler “Other”1st Brian Balser, 2nd Kevin Feng, Adult Angler Catfish1st Thai Brandon Houng with a 5.35lb channel catfish, 2nd Sharon Vincent, 3rd Gregory Pikes Adult Angler Other 1st Tri Lam, 2nd Heather Martinez.
 
 
Saturday’s sponsors include the BREC Foundation, Coca-Cola Company of Baton Rouge, Bass Pro Shops, H&H Tackle and Louisiana Fish Fry.
 
 
Fresh shrimp fished on the bottom proved to be the most successful bait of the day, and over 200 catfish were reeled in. Despite Saturday’s hefty haul, there are still plenty of fish in the pond waiting to be caught.
 
 
LDWF’s Get Out & Fish! 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 Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources. 
 
 
For more information on the Get Out & Fish! program, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov

 

Commercial Shrimpers Urged to Provide Input on Potential Skimmer Trawl Regulations

Release Date: 04/27/2016

Louisiana commercial shrimpers are encouraged to provide their input regarding potential changes to existing shrimp fishery regulations.
 
NOAA Fisheries is considering new regulations 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 currently receiving input from fishermen and other constituents on this issue.  Comments can be sent electronically via email to Michael.Barnette@noaa.gov, or physically via U.S. mail to Michael Barnette, Southeast Regional Office, Protected Resources Division, 263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5505 until April 29.
 
The NOAA Scoping Document can be found here.

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