Fishing

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
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

(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 www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

For more information, contact Jeff Marx (337) 373-0032 jmarx@wlf.la.gov .

 

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
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

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 dwilliams@wlf.la.gov 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 www.wlf.la.gov or www.FishLA.org.

 

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
LDWF
(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

(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 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.

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Louisiana DHH to Open Oyster Harvest Areas 6 & 7

Release Date: 01/12/2016

News Release

 

For Immediate Release

January 12, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public InformationLDWF

504-286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

Louisiana DHH to Open Oyster Harvest Areas 6 & 7

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is re-opening oyster harvest areas 6 and 7 on the east side of the Mississippi River effective at one-half hour before sunrise tomorrow, January 13. 

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 areas 6 & 7, areas 1-5 remain closed until further notice.

To view a map of the Louisiana Department of Helath and Hospitals oyster harvest areas, click here.

 

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