Fishing

Construction Completed on Louisiana’s Largest Limestone Inshore Artificial Reef

Release Date: 06/07/2011

Construction Completed on Louisiana’s Largest Limestone Inshore Artificial Reef
Construction Completed on Louisiana’s Largest Limestone Inshore Artificial Reef

 

CCA, LDWF and partners complete historic project at Independence Island Reef

JUNE 7, 2011- The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) have completed construction on Independence Island Reef, believed to be the largest limestone inshore artificial reef project ever in Louisiana. Work crews finished the job on Monday afternoon.

“This project is the result of nearly two years of hard work and dedication by CCA volunteers, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and NOAA,” said David Cresson, CCA Louisiana Executive Director. “We are so appreciative of all of them for their incredible commitment to this important project. Anglers and their families will enjoy the benefits of this reef for generations.”

“The recreational fishing industry has sustained a number of challenges over the last six years – hurricanes, the BP oil spill and recent flood waters from the Mississippi River have and will continue to impact our inshore reefs along Louisiana’s coast,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina. “Projects like this one are an essential component in restoring our recreational fisheries. We are incredibly grateful for Governor Jindal, Secretary Barham, CCA and of all our partners for their leadership in what is an essential effort to rebuild areas along our coast that have been damaged by erosion.”

Nearly 8,000 tons of limestone were dropped from barges onto four acres about three miles Northeast of Grand Isle, where Independence Island was once located. The total site acreage is more than 50 acres. The center of the reef is located at 29° 18' 26.98" N, -89° 56' 01.01"W and will be marked by several mooring buoys.  The buoys will be deployed later this month.

Cresson also thanked a number of additional partners who helped make the project possible, namely Shell Oil Company, The Paul Candies Family, Vulcan Materials and Bertucci Contractors.

“Without their generosity and their commitment to conservation, this project would not have been possible,” Cresson said.

Shell Oil Company made a lead gift to CCA Building Conservation Program and helped announce the project last December.

“Shell is proud to have been part of this project through CCA’s Building Conservation Program,” said John Hollowell, Executive Vice President, Deep Water for Shell Upstream Americas.  “Shell remains committed the Gulf Coast and the people who live there, so the Independence Island Reef project was a great way for us to give back.”

Funding for the project was also made available through LDWF’s Artificial Reef Development Fund.

CCA Conservation Committee Chairman John Walther says he expects the reef to start holding fish in the coming months.

“Reefs we have built in the past have proven to provide great habitat for our favorite species, like speckled trout and redfish,” said Walther. “I expect anglers will be landing nice catches from the new reef before the end of the summer.”

CCA Louisiana is the largest marine resource conservation group of its kind in the state. With more than 30,000 members and volunteers in 24 local chapters, CCA has been active in state, national and international fisheries management issues since 1977. Visit CCA at www.CCALouisiana.com for more information, on Facebook or Twitter @CCALouisiana.

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 or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

For more information contact Olivia Watkins at 225-610-8660 or owatkins@wlf.la.gov.

June 11-12 Free Fishing Weekend Provides Opportunity to Enjoy Louisiana's Outdoors

Release Date: 06/06/2011

June 6, 2011 – Louisiana’s “Free Fishing Weekend” provides a great opportunity for Louisiana citizens and visitors to enjoy the state’s bountiful fisheries resources on June 11 and 12.

The event is part of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) efforts to attract more participants into the ranks of licensed fishermen.  Fishing license fees support LDWF's conservation efforts including habitat management.

The promotional fishing dates offer novices, and anglers who haven’t been on the water recently, an opportunity to experience recreational fishing in fresh or salt water without the purchase of a recreational fishing license. 

"The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission waives the fishing license requirement once a year to encourage the public to participate and we hope  licensed recreational fishermen use this weekend to introduce someone to this outdoor activity that can last a lifetime," said John Sturgis, LDWF education manager.

In conjunction with Free Fishing Weekend, LDWF and the Office of State Parks will host Family Fishing Day on Saturday, June 11 at the following sites: Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton; Chicot State Park, Ville Platte; Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville; and within New Orleans City Park. Family Fishing Day at these park sites will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear for pier or bank fishing. LDWF will provide basic fishing gear for anyone needing gear for the day.

Entrance fees at the three state parks hosting Family Fishing Day will be waived on June 11. For information and directions to all Louisiana State Parks and New Orleans City Park, visit www.lastateparks.com.

 

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 or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov.

 

LDWF, LSU Begin Initial Phase of Oyster Reef Rehabilitation

Release Date: 06/02/2011

 

June 2, 2011 - Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists along with Louisiana Sea Grant scientists, deployed more than 100 million oyster larvae and 500,000 oyster spat (or immature oysters approximately one-quarter inch in size.)  This joint effort between LDWF and Louisiana State University (LSU), is part of a $500,000 grant provided to LSU to help rehabilitate vital oyster grounds impacted by hurricanes in the last six years. 

The oyster larvae and spat were released in the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation, located in north Barataria Bay.  The specimens were deployed on test plots of reef to enable biologists to track progress.

This effort is the first of many ventures to help rehabilitate Louisiana’s oyster grounds.  The state plans to institute similar deployments of larvae and spat on other public grounds and private leases. 

Figures prior to the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010 indicate that Louisiana produces approximately one-third of all oysters harvested in the U.S. and 50 percent of oysters harvested in the Gulf of Mexico.  

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, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Laura Wooderson with LDWF at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or 225.610.2363.

 

Since its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant (www.laseagrant.org) has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs. Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant Program.

For more information about Louisiana Sea Grant contact Roy Kron at (225)578-6451 or rkron@lsu.edu

Louisiana Saltwater Series - Empire, The Delta Marina (Championship)

Date: 
Fri, 10/07/2011 - Sat, 10/08/2011

Location: Empire, The Delta Marina

 

The Louisiana Saltwater Series was developed by LDWF in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote the conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources.  Through this catch-and-release saltwater fishing series, LDWF strives to enhance the resource while providing a competitive opportunity for avid fishermen and newcomers alike.

 

The 2011 LASS will be comprised of 7 fishing events and will target the tag and release of one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  Data collected from the tournament entries will serve as a valuable tool for LDWF fisheries managers and biologists to better understand the life history and habitat of sport fish.

 

For more information, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

Louisiana Saltwater Series - Port Fourchon, Moran’s Marina

Date: 
Sat, 08/20/2011

 

Location: Port Fourchon, Moran’s Marina

 

The Louisiana Saltwater Series was developed by LDWF in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote the conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources.  Through this catch-and-release saltwater fishing series, LDWF strives to enhance the resource while providing a competitive opportunity for avid fishermen and newcomers alike.

 

The 2011 LASS will be comprised of 7 fishing events and will target the tag and release of one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  Data collected from the tournament entries will serve as a valuable tool for LDWF fisheries managers and biologists to better understand the life history and habitat of sport fish.

 

For more information, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

Louisiana Saltwater Series - Slidell, Dockside Bait and Tackle/The Dock

Date: 
Sat, 07/23/2011

Location: Slidell, Dockside Bait and Tackle/The Dock

 

The Louisiana Saltwater Series was developed by LDWF in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote the conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources.  Through this catch-and-release saltwater fishing series, LDWF strives to enhance the resource while providing a competitive opportunity for avid fishermen and newcomers alike.

 

The 2011 LASS will be comprised of 7 fishing events and will target the tag and release of one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  Data collected from the tournament entries will serve as a valuable tool for LDWF fisheries managers and biologists to better understand the life history and habitat of sport fish.

 

For more information, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

Louisiana Saltwater Series - Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina

Date: 
Sat, 06/18/2011

Location:  Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina

 

The Louisiana Saltwater Series was developed by LDWF in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote the conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources.  Through this catch-and-release saltwater fishing series, LDWF strives to enhance the resource while providing a competitive opportunity for avid fishermen and newcomers alike.

 

The 2011 LASS will be comprised of 7 fishing events and will target the tag and release of one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  Data collected from the tournament entries will serve as a valuable tool for LDWF fisheries managers and biologists to better understand the life history and habitat of sport fish.

 

For more information, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

GREATER AMBERJACK 2011 COMMERCIAL AND RECREATION SEASONS SET

Release Date: 05/20/2011

May 20, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the 2011 seasons for the commercial and recreational harvest of greater amberjack.  LDWF Secretary Robert Barham set the seasons to coincide with federal seasons issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Commercial Greater Amberjack Season
The commercial fishery for greater amberjack in Louisiana waters will close at 12:01 a.m. on June 18, 2011 and will remain closed until 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2012.

Recreational Greater Amberjack Season
The 2011 recreational season for greater amberjack will close for a two month period beginning June 1 and reopening August 1. 

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 or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

REMAINDER OF STATE WATERS OPEN TO SHRIMP HARVESTING MONDAY

Release Date: 05/20/2011

May 20, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds shrimp harvesters that remainder of state waters open for harvest at 6 a.m. Monday, May 23. 

This opening specifically includes inshore waters north of the northern shore of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) to the Louisiana/Mississippi state line.  State waters south of the MRGO opened to shrimping on May 16. Effective with this opening, all state inside and outside waters will be open to shrimp harvesting.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set this shrimp season dates along with those for Shrimp Management Zones 2 and 3 at its May 5 meeting.  The commission also provided authority to LDWF Secretary Robert Barham to delay or modify shrimp season opening dates if biological and/or technical data indicate the need. 

LDWF has received reports of small size shrimp in commercial harvests from certain waters and is closely monitoring the shrimp resource statewide through extensive trawl sampling surveys and boarding and dockside interviews.  LDWF biologists are also monitoring the movement of flood waters into coastal waters and their impacts on estuarine and marine species.  Secretary Barham is prepared to take appropriate action to modify shrimp seasons if the resource is at risk.

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 or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
For more information please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

STATE SETS SEASON FOR RECREATIONAL CATCH OF RED SNAPPER

Release Date: 05/20/2011

 

May 20, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that the 2011 recreational fishing season for red snapper will open on June 1 and close on July 19.  LDWF Secretary Robert Barham set this season to reflect the season set in federal waters by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

The recreational fishing season for red snapper will close in federal and state waters at 12:01 a.m., July 19, 2011 and is set to remain closed until 12:01 a.m. June 1, 2012.

The daily limit for red snapper is two fish per licensed angler with a minimum size of 16 inches. 

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 or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

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