Fishing

Registration for Second Spring Women's Fish Tagging Workshop Now Open

Release Date: 04/14/2016

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, CCA Louisiana and the National Wildlife Federation are teaming up to present a second, free Women’s Fish Tagging Workshop on Saturday, April 21 at Cabela’s in Gonzales.
 
Staff biologists will provide a host of educational opportunities including fish identification, tagging methods, best handling practices, equipment preparation, basic fishing skills as well as how to catch, clean and prepare fish. Select participants will also have the opportunity to apply their newfound skills during an overnight fishing trip in Grand Isle under the direction of LDWF biologists. 
 
Those interested can register here for the workshop, which is limited to the first 30 registrants. Registration will end on Wednesday, May 11, and those selected will be notified via email or phone by Friday, May 13.
 
The Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program, implemented by LDWF in conjunction with CCA Louisiana, aims to improve understanding of marine fish movements, habitat preferences and population size.  The program provides interested volunteer anglers with free, saltwater fish tagging kits and focuses on several popular game fish species including redfish, speckled trout, red snapper and yellowfin tuna.  Recapture reports are sent to volunteer taggers, providing details on the distance traveled and growth of the fish.

 

Shrimp Season to Open in Portion of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters on April 22

Release Date: 04/14/2016

Shrimp Season to Open in Portion of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters on April 22

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will open a portion of state outside waters to shrimping at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 22.
 
This area lies seaward of Terrebonne Parish and extends a distance of three nautical miles seaward from the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, beginning at the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude and extending westward to the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the channel red buoy line.
 
Trawl samples taken by LDWF biologists indicate white shrimp in the area have reached marketable sizes, and the closure is no longer necessary.
 
Significant numbers of smaller white shrimp remain in State Outside Waters west of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude, and these waters will remain closed to shrimping until further notice.
 
The opening dates for the 2016 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at their May 5 meeting.
 
For additional season information, click here.
 
For more information, contact Jeff Marx (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov.

Shrimp Task Force to Meet April 20, 2016

Release Date: 04/14/2016

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.             Approval of February 17, 2016 meeting minutes and April 20, 2016 agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget report- LDWF

IV.            Old Business

A.     Legislative Update- LDWF

B.     Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council Update- Myron Fischer

V.              New Business

A.     Potential New Rulemaking Under Consideration for the Southeastern Shrimp Fisheries- Michael Barnette

B.     Discussion of Appointment of LSA Representative Alternates- Acy Cooper

C.     Draft Resolution to Reduce the Gulf Hypoxic Zone- Doug Daigle

D.     2016 Shrimp Season Preview- Jeff Marx

E.     Officer Elections

VI.            Public Comment

VII.          Set Quarterly Meetings

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/1463525117222710529

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.

 

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LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses Available in Bourg From April 26 to 28

Release Date: 04/11/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new commercial fishing licenses and renewals from its Bourg office location from April 26 to 28, 2016.
 
In addition to continual sales in Baton Rouge, LDWF will offer commercial licenses from its office in Bourg twice a year as an improved method of customer service. 
 
Most commercial fishing licenses will be available for purchase from Tuesday, April 26 through Thursday, April 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.  The Bourg office is located at 468 Texas Gulf Road, and their contact number is 985-594-4130.
 
Fishermen are reminded that only personal checks, cashier's checks, money orders and cash will be accepted at the Bourg office.  No credit cards will be accepted.  To avoid processing delays, those purchasing licenses are asked to bring their license renewal notices with them. 
 
First-time applicants must provide the following:
 

  • Resident applicants must provide proof of residency such as a Louisiana driver’s license the he has held continuously during 12 months immediately prior to the date on which he applies for any license, voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.
     
  • Non-residents applicants must provide proof of residency from their domiciliary state, such as driver's license, voter's registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.
     
  • Applicants applying for a license in a business name must provide documentation showing proof of valid federal tax ID# assigned to business name and proof of authorized signature, or an occupational license will be required.

 
For commercial licenses inquiries, contact (225) 765-2898.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Resolution Regarding Gulf Red Snapper

Release Date: 04/08/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Resolution Regarding Gulf Red Snapper

April 7, 2016 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) commended the department on its leadership in the development of LA Creel (an improved recreational landings data collection system) and the work with the other Gulf states and congressional representatives toward a solution that would implement an alternative framework for cooperative state-based management of Gulf red snapper.

Additionally, the commission adopted a resolution to work diligently with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries toward a solution for successful management of the red snapper resource for the betterment of the fisheries, including supporting the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority, a framework created by the five Gulf states for cooperative management of Gulf red snapper.

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.

 

Big Bass Rodeo Continues to Grow in Its 69th Year

Release Date: 04/06/2016

Darryl Delerno, Jr., Joel Courcelle Award
Brennan LeJeune, Paul Kalman Award
Mandeville High School Bass Busters

Despite a brisk and windy morning, over 680 New Orleans area anglers gathered in City Park to compete in the 69th annual Big Bass Rodeo hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and New Orleans City Park.
 
Darryl Delerno, Jr., of Gretna, landed a 4.13-pound bass, earning him the Joel Courcelle Award for top bass of the day.  Dalerno was also awarded the right to compete in the upcoming Champion’s Challenge against previous winners.
 
Even the youngest of anglers braved the weather to try their hand at landing an award-winning catch. Brennan LeJeune reeled in a 1.1-pound largemouth bass and took home the Paul Kalman Award for largest catch for anglers 12 years old or younger. Nathan McCann came in first place with his .64-pound weight in the bream, cichlid or perch category.
 
A new competition category brought high school rivalry to a whole new level.  Battle for the Bass pitted high schools fishing teams of up to five members against one another to land the two largest bass per team. The Bass Busters of Mandeville High School took home the inaugural honor with an overall combined weight of 5.25 pounds.  The team of Bailey Madere, Trenton Pittman, Garrett Williams, Cole Plaisance and Clay Thrasher beat out 30 other area teams for the top prize and bragging rights.
 
For more information on the Big Bass Rodeo or Battle for the Bass, contact outreach@wlf.la.gov or visit www.fishla.org.
 
A complete list of winners is as follows:
 
Bass Category-Adult
1.     Darryl Delerno, Jr. – 4.13 lbs.
2.     DJ Parr – 3.88 lbs.
3.     Mike Laviolette – 3.22 lbs.
 
Champion’s Challenge
1.     Cary Smith – 2.76 lbs.
 
Cichlid and Bream Team
1.     Team Camo – 3.97 lbs.
2.     Stop, Drop and Reel – 3.18 lbs.
3.     Get the Net – 2.5 lbs.
 
Catch-A-Cat
1.     Zach Henderson – 16.38 lbs.
 
Catch-A-Gar
1.     Peter Durr – 1.77 lbs.
 
Bass Category-Junior
1.     Brennan LeJeune – 1.1 lbs.
2.     Hunter Thomassie – 0.89 lbs.
3.     Jacob Breaux – 0.64 lbs.
 
Bream, Cichlid or Perch-Junior
1.     Nathan McCann – 0.64 lbs.
2.     Caleb Buras – 0.48 lbs.
3.     Brooklyn Schneider - .30 lbs.
 
Battle for the Bass
1.     Bass Busters from Mandeville High School – Total weight: 5.25 lbs.
2.     Griffins from Dutchtown High School – Total weight: 2.32 lbs.
3.     Fishing of Any Kind from Archbishop Rummel High School – Total Weight 2.24 lbs.
 
Bass Category-Boats on the Bayou
1.     Kevin Metz – 3.04 lbs.
2.     Chase Crawford – 2.17 lbs.
3.     Luke Beslin – 0.86 lbs.
 
Trout Category-Boats on the Bayou
1.     Chris Holmes – 1.84 lbs.
2.     Sam McCarroll – 0.77 lbs.
 
Trashbash Category-Boats on the Bayou
1.     Geoffrey Vdoff - 0.72 lbs.
2.     Geoffrey Vdoff - 0.34 lbs.
3.     Geoffrey Vdoff – 0.33 lbs.

LA Crab Task Force to Meet Tuesday, April 5th

Release Date: 04/01/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
April 1, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet

                                                                             

 

Pete Gerica, Chairman

Tuesday, April 5, 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 January 12 meeting minutes and April 5, 2016 agenda

III.          Financial Report

IV.          Old Business

A.    Further Discussion of Management Options- Pete Gerica

V.           New Business

A.     2016 Derelict Crab Trap Cleanup Summary - LDWF

B.     Changes to the LFF Professionalism Program - LDWF

C.     Discussion and Definition of Navigable Waters - Pete Gerica

D.     Discussion of black drum regulations and issues that will protect smaller crab population - Emery Lebouef

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/5038509109365190148

 

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.

 

Partial Reopening of Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation

Release Date: 03/31/2016

Partial Reopening of Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will reopen a portion of the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation at one half-hour before sunrise on Monday, April 4, 2016, for the purpose of market oyster harvest only.  This area will close at one half-hour after sunset on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
 
The portion of the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation to be reopened is the area west of a line of longitude at 90 degrees 55 minutes 25.907 seconds W.  The daily and possession sack limit is set at 25, and the following conditions also apply:

  • All oysters aboard a vessel harvesting on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation are deemed to have been taken from the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation.
  • Prior to leaving the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation, all oysters must be sacked, the number of sacks harvested recorded in a logbook and each sack properly tagged.
  • All vessels located in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation during those times between one half-hour after sunset and one half-hour before sunrise should have all oyster dredges unshackled.

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.

PARTIAL RE-OPENING OF SEED GROUNDS IN MISSISSIPPI SOUND AND LAKE BORGNE FOR OYSTER TRANSPLANT

Release Date: 03/29/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that a portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds in Mississippi Sound and Lake Borgne shall re-open at one half hour before sunrise on Friday, April 1, 2016 and shall close at one-half hour after sunset on Thursday, April 14, 2016.  This re-opening is for the purpose of conducting a permitted transplant, or relay, of live oysters for bedding purposes only from waters within the Public Oyster Seed Grounds further described in the map here which are currently classified as “closed” by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH).  All individuals found harvesting in this area must possess a valid LDHH Oyster Transplant Permit.

The Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is authorized to take emergency action to re-open Public Oyster Seed Grounds and Reservations if sufficient quantities of oysters are available, to adjust sack limits and sacking-only areas, and to take emergency action as necessary to close this area if it is found that excessive amounts of non-living reef material is present in transplant loads.

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.

AMENDED - Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 03/24/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
March 24, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive, The Louisiana Room

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

AMENDED AGENDA:

 

I.         Roll call and introduction of guests

II.        Approval of March 2, 2016 Meeting Minutes and March 29, 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

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)

V.         New Business

A.    Legislative Update (LDWF)

B.    Discussion of the VMS Cargo Vessel Requirements- Brad Robin

C.    Discussion of  the ‘Taste of the Senate Event’- Mitch Jurisich

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/6854380050228477188

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.

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