Fishing

Telemetry Tagging Event to Take Place on Lake Pontchartrain

Release Date: 11/10/2015

Telemetry Tagging Event to Take Place on Lake Pontchartrain
Telemetry Tagging Event to Take Place on Lake Pontchartrain

As part of an ongoing study of speckled trout, red drum and bullsharks in Lake Pontchartrain, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will again host its annual fall acoustic telemetry tagging event during the week of November 16.
 
In the fall of 2012, the department launched the project to collect continuous data on individual movements of these species over time. The data collected provides insight to seasonal migration patterns, habitat use and how movements may vary between sexes.
 
Tagging events are held twice a year, in the fall and spring. The department depends on volunteer anglers to capture fish and carefully transport them to a nearby LDWF surgery boat. There, the fish are weighed, measured, tagged with an external dart tag and surgically implanted with an acoustic tag. Tagged fish are held in a recovery tank for a minimum of thirty minutes to ensure a healthy release.   
 
Acoustic tags are much more effective for tracking fish movement than traditional tagging techniques.  Conventional tagging involves marking and releasing a fish that will hopefully be recaptured at a future date, yielding very few data points. Acoustic tagging allows scientists to repeatedly locate and track tagged fish in remote or inaccessible settings, thus providing a more detailed look at patterns, usage and behavior.
 
Since the program’s inception, biologists have tagged 218 speckled trout, 56 red drum and 18 bullsharks.  With four years of data already in hand, the agency has arrived at some interesting conclusions.
 
Speckled trout movements are most strongly influenced by salinity. The salinity in Lake Pontchartrain is low during the spring, and tagged trout can be observed leaving the lake from March through May. The salinity in the lake begins to rise in the fall, and trout begin returning in November. “Many Lake Pontchartrain anglers reference ‘World Series trout’ because they begin to catch them around the time of the World Series baseball tournament, which occurs in late October to early November,” explained LDWF biologist Ashley Ferguson. “The fall migration observed with the tagged trout correlates very closely with angler observations, lending legitimacy to the fable.”
 
Biologists have also used acoustic tagging technology to determine that bullsharks in the lake are mostly influenced by temperature and can be observed leaving the lake in cold winter months.
 
“Red drum have only been tagged for one year of the program. They can be observed using all habitats in the lake but spend a majority of their time along natural shorelines,” explained Ferguson. “We will be tagging additional red drum during this upcoming event to determine how their future behavior compares.”
 
Movement trends of all acoustically tagged fish can easily be observed using our online Fish Tracker.
 
Anglers are encouraged to report all tagged fish recaptures. These tagged fish are very valuable to this research project, and we ask that if caught, they be released so that data can continue to be collected.  Tagged fish that are part of this program can be recognized by a blue external dart tag.  Please call the number provided on the blue tag, and report the date, time, location of catch and health of the fish when released. 
 
Anglers interested in volunteering for the fall tagging event can email aferguson@wlf.la.gov for additional information. 
 

Oyster Industry Workshop to Address Key Legislative Issues

Release Date: 11/10/2015

(Nov. 10, 2015) - Louisiana Fisheries Forward, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana Sea Grant collaborative program, will host a free, educational oyster industry workshop in Houma. Workshop topics include oyster harvesting tags and requirements, methods of sale of oysters, private seed production and industry legislative updates. These presentations are designed to help those in the oyster industry thrive in a constantly changing marketplace.
 
The free workshop will be held:
 
Friday, November 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dumas Auditorium
301 West Tunnel Blvd.
Houma, LA 70360
 
Hands-on demonstrations will include new refrigeration techniques and equipment, including the LFF Seafood Quality Training Lab. A light meal will be provided, so registration is encouraged to accommodate all participants; visit here.
 
LFF is a voluntary education program, established with the goal of improving the economic success of Louisiana’s commercial fishing industry by showcasing new technology and best practice methods.
 
Fishermen requesting more information should contact Darren Bourgeois at dbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or (504) 284-2033.

Oyster Harvest to Close in Sister Lake

Release Date: 11/09/2015

Oyster Harvest to Close in Sister Lake

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that the harvest of oysters shall close in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation (POSR) in Terrebonne Parish at one half hour after sunset on Friday, November 13, 2015.  This public oyster seed reservation holds a limited oyster supply and harvest pressure during the oyster season, which opened on October 19, has significantly reduced the oyster resource.  Protection of the remaining oyster reef resources is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in this area.

The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Robert J. Barham to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered.  The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 

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.

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.

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 11/09/2015

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. The meeting will convene at 10:00 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.  

Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

1.     Roll Call of Board Members

2.     Approval of Minutes from August 26, 2015 Meeting

3.     Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Michael Anglin

b.     John W. Parker, Jr.

c.     Myron Prosperie

4.     Hearing of New Re-Issuance Permit Appeals

a.     Durvin Lombas, Jr.

5.     Update on Recommendations Made at August 26, 2015 Meeting

6.     Discuss legislation concerning the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit

7.     Receive Public Comments

8.     Set next meeting date

9.     Adjournment

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.

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.

For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov

 

 

LWF Commission Adopts Notice of Intent Regarding the Placement and Use of Advertising and Sponsorship Signs

Release Date: 11/05/2015

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
November 5, 2015

 

Contact: Ashley Wethey

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8733

awethey@wlf.la.gov

 

Oyster Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 11/05/2015

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
November 5, 2015

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

LWF Commission suspends entry into the Louisiana Fisheries Forward program for those seeking a new commercial crab gear license

Release Date: 11/05/2015

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
November 5, 2015

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee to Meet 11-4-15

Release Date: 11/02/2015

Oyster Task Force
Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee
John Tesvich, Chairman
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 1:00 P.M.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210
New Orleans, LA 70122
 
AGENDA
 
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
 
 
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/7256027246689650690
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.
To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup.
For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov
 
 

Calcasieu Lake Oyster Season Reminder

Release Date: 10/27/2015

(Oct. 27, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind commercial oyster harvesters that the West Cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area will open for harvest on Sunday, November 1 at one half-hour before sunrise.
 
The sack limit of oysters is seven per day per person, per licensed vessel for the 2015-16 season.
 
Those participating in commercial oyster harvest in this area are also reminded that a 25-acre area in West Cove where oyster cultch material was deposited in June of this year will be closed to harvest.  The coordinates of the four corners of this closed area are as follows:
 
     A.     29 degrees 52 minutes 39.66 seconds N
             93 degrees 23 minutes 42.14 seconds W
                    B.      29 degrees 52 minutes 28.94 seconds N
         93 degrees 23 minutes 42.20 seconds W
C.     29 degrees 52 minutes 39.60 seconds N
         93 degrees 23 minutes 31.92 seconds W
D.     29 degrees 52 minutes 29.01 seconds N
                            93 degrees 23 minutes 31.92 seconds W
Maps available here: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons
The east side of Calcasieu Lake remains closed to oyster harvest during the 2015-16 oyster season.
 
For further information about the Calcasieu Lake oyster harvest season, contact George Melancon, Biologist Manager, at (337) 491-2575.

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