Fishing

SPECIAL SHRIMP SEASON SET FOR VERMILION BAY

Release Date: 05/02/2011

Special shrimp season map

May 2, 2011 – Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham, announced a special shrimp season in portions of state inside waters west of the Atchafalaya River, specifically Vermilion Bay, beginning Friday, May 6, 2011 at 6 a.m. 

Recent biological samples indicate that marketable size white shrimp are available for harvest in these waters. High river stages predicted for the Atchafalaya River may lead to considerably large movements of white shrimp populations from these waters into offshore waters prior to the effective date of the spring inshore shrimp season to be set by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

The specific area that is set to open to this special shrimp season is as follows:  state inside waters from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island.

The opening dates for the 2011 Spring Inshore Shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at the May 5 meeting at LDWF Headquarters.

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 Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

L.D.W.F. Makes Available Revised Wildlife and Fish Values for Public Comment

Release Date: 04/28/2011

April 28, 2011 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted a notice of intent this month to approve changes to the values assigned to fish and wildlife in Louisiana, and to modify the list of threatened and endangered species.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommended the revised values, which are used to determine fines for individuals who illegally take fish and wildlife.

The list of threatened and endangered species will be amended to match the current federal listing of threatened or endangered species that are in Louisiana.  Key changes were the removal of the brown pelican and the bald eagle, and the addition of the red wolf.

To view the full notice of intent, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items. Public comment will be accepted at the LWFC monthly meetings on May 5 and June 2. Comments will also be accepted by mail to LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge through June 2, 2010. Mailed comments should be directed to:

David Lavergne
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000

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 Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov. 

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Meeting Canceled

Release Date: 04/27/2011

 

April 27, 2011The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 at 1 p.m. has been canceled.  The public will be notified when the meeting is rescheduled. 

 

Contact Ashley Roth, Ashley@Louisianaseafood.com or 504-286-8735.

LDWF Announces More Fishing Openings

Release Date: 04/26/2011

Map of Openings 4/26/11

Over 99.4 percent of state waters now open for fishing

April 26, 2011 - Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ordered an emergency reopening of recreational and commercial fishing in portions of state inside and outside waters within the Barataria Basin that were previously closed due to impacts from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill last year.  These areas were opened previously to only recreational and charter boat angling. 

“By working so closely with our state and federal partners we can continue to ensure consumers of Louisiana seafood that it is safe,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “Today we are one step closer to resuming normal fishing practices.”

Secretary Barham ordered this opening following the completion of comprehensive testing, after which the FDA advised that shrimp, crab and finfish tissue samples tested from these previously closed areas are safe for consumption.

Recreational and commercial fishing reopens immediately today in certain portions of state inside waters adjacent to Grand Terre Island, Four Bayou Pass and the Barataria Waterway.

This reopening does not include the harvest of species closed by season, including shrimp and certain finfish. 

Furthermore, this opening does not include the commercial harvest of oysters, as this activity is regulated by Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

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 Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

 

Louisiana Saltwater Series Fishing Tournament Heads West to Lake Charles

Release Date: 04/26/2011

April 26, 2011 - The Louisiana Saltwater Series Fishing Tournament, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, continues to its next scheduled tournament site on April 30, 2011, in Lake Charles, La., at Calcasieu Point Landing.  The series is dedicated to catch-and-release saltwater angling through a series of agency-sponsored fishing tournaments.

The series was developed by LDWF in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources and targets one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  

The grassroots-based tournament provides anglers with the opportunity to give back to the resource.  Contestants vie for cash prizes and test their skill while enjoying the thrill of the competitive sport. 

Each series includes two-man teams with a $200 entry fee for each event. For teams consisting of three members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.  The tournament is a 100 percent payout series.

This year, a youth division was established to introduce young anglers to the sport of fishing, and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation. Participants under 16 years of age will compete against one another in a separate category for trophy catch; all youth anglers will be recognized. 
 

The 2011 series is comprised of six fishing events and a championship. Tournament locations are scheduled across the coast.  The 2011 tournament schedule is as follows: 

  • April 2 Lafitte, Seaway Marina;
  • April 30 Lake Calcasieu, Calcasieu Point Landing;
  • May 14 Venice, Venice Marina;
  • June 18 Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina;
  • July 23 Slidell, Dockside Bait and Tackle/The Dock;
  • August 20 Port Fourchon, Moran’s Marina; and
  • Championship October 7 and 8 Empire, The Delta Marina.
     

Online registration for the tournament will close on Thursday, April 28 at noon, but those interested in participating can register at Calcasieu Point Landing from 5 to 6 a.m., the morning of the event.  Only cash or checks will be accepted for payment of registration fees the morning of the event.

For complete information, including rules, regulations and entry forms go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com. 

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.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.
 

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Meeting Scheduled for April 27

Release Date: 04/26/2011

April 26, 2011 – The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will meet Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 1 pm at the UNO Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in Suite 210, in New Orleans.

The agenda for Wednesday's meeting is as follows:

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of minutes from February 16, 2011
  4. Reports
    1. Executive Directors Report
      1. Boston Seafood Show
      2. Oil Spill Anniversary Events (Seafood Summit, ACF, etc.)
    2. Treasurer’s Report 
  5. New Business
    1. Brussels
    2. Shrimp Task Force Update
    3. RFP Sub Committee Recommendations
  6. Set Next Meeting
  7. Adjourn
     

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8735
 

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet Thursday, April 21

Release Date: 04/19/2011

April 19, 2011 – The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force will meet this Thursday at 9:30 am at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters in the Louisiana Room. 

The agenda is as follows.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call and Introduction of Members – Mark Schexnayder
  3. Selection of the Chairman
  4. Review of Act 606 and charge of the Shrimp Task Force – Mark Schexnayder
  5. Filing of Personal Financial Disclosure Tier 2.1 Form with the Louisiana Board of Ethics –David Lavergne
  6. Adoption of Standard Operating Procedures – Mark Schexnayder
  7. Shrimp Promotion and Marketing Activities – Ewell Smith
    • Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board
    • Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) Regional Plan
    • Nationwide Seafood Coalition
  8. Presentation of the Voluntary Shrimp Certification Program – Jon Bell
  9. Shrimp Management Opportunities – Mark Schexnayder
    • License Moratorium
    • Turtle Excluder Device (TED) regulations
  10. Public Comment
  11. Other Business
  12. Next Meeting / Agenda
  13. Adjournment

The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force was created by Act 606 of the Louisiana Legislature to study and monitor the shrimp industry and to make recommendations to the state. 

This meeting is open to the public.

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

State Officials Highlight Oyster Industry Concerns, Announce Additional Funding for Emergency Restoration Project

Release Date: 04/15/2011

$2 million announced for cultch plant, industry leaders focus on frustrations with claims process

April 15, 2011 - Officials with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries held a press conference today with leaders from the oyster industry to highlight BP's failure to follow through on emergency restoration work to help the industry recover from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that began nearly one year ago. LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina announced an additional $2 million in funding for a cultch plant on public seed grounds; that announcement brings the total state funds committed to emergency restoration projects for the oyster industry to $4 million.

"Louisiana's coastal area provides vital nursery grounds for more than 90 percent of Gulf species and the health of the Gulf as a whole is dependent on Louisiana's marshes and estuaries," said Garret Graves, chairman of the CPRA. "The impact to our citizen's way of life has been dramatic, leaving the good people of our oyster industry hurting after generations of harvesting this incredible resource."

"While BP is busy spending millions on advertising to prove that they are following through on their promise to make the oyster industry and all of our coastal fisheries whole, they have neglected to follow through on numerous projects that could have helped our oyster men and women get back to work," said Pausina. "While we still plan to press BP to fund $15 million for improvements to oyster grounds, including additional cultch plants and innovative farming techniques, we have been shaking out the couches at our agency looking for funds to help ensure a healthy spat set. The $2 million we are announcing today, along with an early commitment for $2 million, is a small step in the right direction. We fully intended to seek reimbursement for the total $4 million. BP is still the responsible party, and it is time they starting acting like it."

"It is imperative that we begin aggressively rehabilitating Louisiana's oyster resources so that the oyster community is able to return to normal operations sooner rather than later," said Mike Voisin, owner of Motivatit Seafood and member of the Governor's Oyster Advisory Committee.

"I am angry that BP has not followed through with their commitment to reseed the public oyster grounds and that the  Gulf Coast Claims Facility has failed to compensate fairly the oystermen that were hurt by the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster," Al Sunseri, owner of P&J Oysters and member of the Governor's Oyster Advisory Committee.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority are among the natural resource trustees charged with assessing and ensuring that BP restores the natural resources of the State of Louisiana. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For additional information please call Olivia Watkins at LDWF at (225) 610-8660 or email at owatkins@wlf.la.gov, or Andrea Recher at (225) 229-5126 or andrear.Taylor@la.gov.

Twin Spans are Reclaimed for Artificial Reefs

Release Date: 04/12/2011

Phase 1 of bridge deconstruction on Lake Pontchartrain complete

April 12, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has successfully completed the first phase of the conversion of the old Twin Spans into artificial reef habitat.  Portions of the old bridges were recycled in a unique way to provide continuing service to the public. 

The four-acre reef is located between the new I-10 bridge and Highway 11 (Latitude 30° 10.169’ Longitude 89° 50.744’).  The corners of the reef are marked by four yellow illuminated marker buoys. 

Sixty spans were dismantled, processed and deployed as reef material.  In addition to providing hard bottom habitat for bottom-dwelling organisms, the reef will create a valuable fish habitat for popular recreational species including redfish, speckled trout, croakers, sheepshead and drum. 

The creation of the artificial reef is the culmination of partnership between LDWF, Department of Transportation and Development, Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana and NOAA Office of Coast Survey. 

“Increasing habitat for finfish will provide greater sport fishing opportunities on Lake Pontchartrain, which will ultimately benefit the economy in attracting people to the area,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina. “And we’re able to do so utilizing materials that would typically be sent to a landfill.”
The second phase of the bridge demolition is currently underway.  Forty-two spans from the old Twin Spans will be used to create an additional four-acre reef. 

Since its creation in 1986, the department’s Artificial Reef Program has developed 28 reefs in Louisiana’s inshore waters.

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.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113. 

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