Fishing

Governor John Bel Edwards has appointed John Roussel to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission

Release Date: 03/13/2016

March 13, 2016 – Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed John “Zero” Roussel of Gonzales, LA to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC).

The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) consists of the five Gulf of Mexico coastal states (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida) and was established by a federal compact signed by representatives of the Governors of the five Gulf States in 1949. Its principal objective is the conservation, development, and full utilization of the state fishery resources of the Gulf of Mexico, to provide food, employment, income, and recreation to the people of the United States.  

“As a former Assistant Secretary and Fisheries Biologist of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Mr. Roussel will be a valuable asset for Louisiana on the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission”, said LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon.  “John was one of the most respected state fishery directors in the country, and his integrity is above reproach.”

Roussel began his distinguished career at the LDWF Lyle St. Amant Marine Laboratory on Grand Terre Island near Grand Isle.  He advanced up through the agency to head the Marine Fisheries Division for many years before being appointed the Assistant Secretary of Fisheries under the administration of Governor Mike Foster.  As Assistant Secretary of Fisheries at LDWF, John Roussel was instrumental in establishing a federal program that provided recovery assistance for the Gulf coast fisheries in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These funds ensured the recovery of a devastated fishing industry following the hurricanes and that recovery model was utilized again after the BP oil spill.

The GSMFC is comprised of fifteen commissioners, three from each of the five Gulf States, who work to set policy, approve GSMFC's budget and provide direction for GSMFC activities. Of these voting members, one-third are appointed by the state legislatures, one-third are private citizens with a knowledge of and interest in marine fisheries who are appointed by the states' governors, and the remaining third are state fishery resource agency directors. 

Mr. Roussel has been appointed to represent the ‘private citizen’ seat for Louisiana. Senator Brett Allain (R-New Iberia) will serve as the Legislative appointment and LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon will represent the state.

Mr. Roussel’s appointment is effective immediately.

High Water Threat in the Larto-Saline Lake Complex LaSalle/Catahoula/Concordia/Avoyelles Parishes

Release Date: 03/11/2016

 (March 11, 2016) -  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is notifying the public of the immediate threat of flooding in the Larto-Saline Lake Complex.  The water level is currently rising and is predicted to reach a level of 50.0 feet MSL on March the 18th, 2016. 

 The predicted water level would be 2 feet higher than the previous high water experienced in January 2016.  This will close many of the access roads in the area and is expected to cause flooding of numerous homes and camps. 

Water levels in local rivers, including the Black, Ouachita, and Red Rivers, are rising fast.  Water from these rivers is currently flowing into the Larto-Saline Lake complex at the Larto Lake structure and the Cross Bayou Weir.

All property owners in flood prone areas are encouraged to make preparations for this flooding immediately.  Water levels are expected to rise quickly over the next several days.

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 additional information regarding this situation, contact Ricky Moses, LDWF Biologist Manager, at rmoses@wlf.la.gov or (318)487-5888. 

LDWF Reminds Anglers of Several Items Prior to Fishing Offshore

Release Date: 03/05/2016

With great offshore weather approaching, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries takes this opportunity to remind anglers of a few important items:

 

1.   The state water boundary for Louisiana waters has been extended from three to nine nautical miles for reef fish management purposes.

2.   The daily limit for red snapper is 2 per person with a 16-inch minimum length (note: an error in the quick-reference guide of  our printed regulations indicated 3 per person – this is an error)

3.   The free, Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required for all anglers possessing tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers and snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin.  This does not apply to anglers under 16 years of age or anglers fishing on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit. Anglers wishing to obtain or renew a permit can register at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov.

 

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 www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LWF Commission Establishes Management Reference Points for Selected Saltwater Finfish

Release Date: 03/03/2016

(March 3, 2016) – Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action on a Notice of Intent to establish management reference points for black drum, sheepshead and southern flounder as authorized through Act 205 of the 2015 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature. 

A management target is defined as a fishing rate, biomass level or other fishery metric indicating stocks are sustainably fished. Management targets were developed from each stock’s history based on the most recent stock assessments for each species.

If an assessment indicates that current regulations do not meet or not likely to meet the established goals for a stock, the Department will provide management options to the LWF Commission for consideration.

To view the full notice of intent or for species-specific data, please visit here.

Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Jason Adriance, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email to jadriance@wlf.la.gov prior to May 5, 2016.

 

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 2-2-16

Release Date: 02/29/2016

 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210

New Orleans, LA

 

AGENDA:

 

1.     Roll Call of Board Members

2.     Approval of Minutes from February 2, 2016 Meeting

3.     Hearing of Deferred Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Myron Prosperie

4.     Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Aaron Tillman

b.     Gary Barthelemy

5.     Update on Recommendations Made at February 2, 2016 Meeting

6.     Receive Public Comments

7.     Set next meeting date

8.     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

 

 

Secretary Charlie Melancon Addresses Coastal Conservation Association Annual Meeting

Release Date: 02/29/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
February 27, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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Governor John Bel Edwards and LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon address Louisiana Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Annual Meeting

From left to right: LDWF staff Toby Gascon (Analytics Specialist), Secretary Charlie Melancon, Patrick Banks (Assistant Secretary of Fisheries) and Cole Garrett (Legislative Liason)

(February 27, 2016) –  While addressing CCA leadership and members at today's annual meeting, LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon said, "We will dedicate all of the time and resources necessary to ensure that LDWF is one of the best, if not the best, state resource agency in the country". 

"The Department will continue with the efforts of the previous administration to protect state's rights to manage their own fisheries.  If we can't accomplish our goals of equal and open access under the current regional management system, then we would look toward alternatives"

Additionally, Secretary Melancon said, "I would like to commend Randy Pausina for the excellent job he did as Assistant Secretary of Fisheries and I look forward to him being part of the new team going forward".

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

Secretary Charlie Melancon Addresses Coastal Conservation Association Annual Meeting

Release Date: 02/29/2016

 

News Release
 
For Immediate Release
February 27, 2016
 
Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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Governor John Bel Edwards and LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon address Louisiana Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Annual Meeting

From left to right: LDWF staff Toby Gascon (Analytics Specialist), Secretary Charlie Melancon, Patrick Banks (Assistant Secretary of Fisheries) and Cole Garrett (Legislative Liason)

(February 27, 2016) –  While addressing CCA leadership and members at today's annual meeting, LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon said, "We will dedicate all of the time and resources necessary to ensure that LDWF is one of the best, if not the best, state resource agency in the country". 

"The Department will continue with the efforts of the previous administration to protect state's rights to manage their own fisheries.  If we can't accomplish our goals of equal and open access under the current regional management system, then we would look toward alternatives"

Additionally, Secretary Melancon said, "I would like to commend Randy Pausina for the excellent job he did as Assistant Secretary of Fisheries and I look forward to him being part of the new team going forward".

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

High School Angling Competition Joins the Ranks of Big Bass Rodeo

Release Date: 02/18/2016

(Feb. 18, 2016) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites high school students throughout the state to join us on April 2, 2016, for the first annual Battle for the Bass, a fishing tournament hosted in conjunction with the 69th annual Big Bass Rodeo in New Orleans City Park.
 
Teams of up to five high school students will represent their respective school and compete to take the coveted first place trophy. The best combined weight of two bass from each team will determine the winner, and those who place will receive a plaque and fishing gear courtesy of Berkley.
 
Registration is required to participate and will close at noon on April 1. Online registration is available at www.fishla.org/community-outreach/bfb.  Students interested in registering to become a Berkley Fishing Club member can register at hs.berkley-fishing.com. The first 50 students who register for both the Berkley Fishing Club and Battle for the Bass will also receive a Berkley tackle bag.
 
Two additional events, the Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival and Boats on the Bayou, will run concurrent to Battle for the Bass and are open to the public.  
 
The 69th annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival has grown into one of the most popular youth fishing events in the country.  This non-professional rodeo provides fishing categories and activities for all ages and is a great opportunity to teach novice anglers about the sport of fishing.  In addition, fisheries staff will be on hand to assist anglers and answer questions about fishing basics and fish identification. Other exciting features include a mobile touch tank, fish tagging demonstrations and photo opportunities with Robbie the Redfish.
 
Boats on the Bayou is held on Bayou St. John and offers an opportunity for those with non-motorized boats including kayaks and canoes to compete.  This event is limited to 100 participants, so those interested are encouraged to register early.
 
Additional details and online registration for the Big Bass Rodeo and Boats on the Bayou can be found at http://www.neworleanscitypark.com/big-bass-fishing-rodeo-and-fishtival.  Registration fees range from $5 to $10, depending on the age of the angler.
 
For event related questions, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov

Louisiana DHH has announced the reopening of Oyster Harvest Area 1

Release Date: 02/15/2016

 

(February 15, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has announced that oyster harvest area 1 on east side of the Mississippi River will reopen one-half hour prior to sunrise on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

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).  Harvest area 5 was reopened on January 20th, areas 6 & 7 were reopened on January 13th and areas 2,3 and 4 were reopened on February 7th.  With this announcement, the last remaining closure, area 1, will be lifted tomorrow morning.

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 atwww.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.

 

Save the Date for 2016 Fisheries Summit

Release Date: 02/15/2016

(Feb. 15, 2016) - The fourth annual Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit will be held on March 1, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, La. This free event will run as an expo, with hands-on demonstrations running throughout the day.
 
Example demonstrations include:
·      Fisheries biology, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
·      Water chill, brine and plate freezing systems, LFF Quality Trailer
·      Seafood packaging, Louisiana State University AgCenter Food Incubator
·      Crab shedding & black spot research, Louisiana Sea Grant
·      Marine vessel stability, University of New Orleans
·      Nano ice machine, Louisiana Sea Grant
·      Turtle excluder devices, National Marine Fisheries Service/NOAA
·      Refrigeration repair, LeBlanc & Associates
 
Experts will cover important industry topics such as H2B visas, harbor of refuge, new U.S. Coast Guard regulations and an update on fisheries management and regulations. The expo will also feature a buyers’ panel to help fishermen learn ways to sell their catch; panelists will represent a variety of buyers, including a farmer’s market, direct sales program, grocery store and chef.
 
The Summit is part of the Louisiana Fisheries Forward initiative, a voluntary education program for the commercial seafood community. A collaboration of LDWF, Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter, LFF was established with the goal of improving the economic success and environmental sustainability of the commercial fishing industry.
 
Though free, participants should register online in advance at http://LaFisheriesForward.org/Summit to secure a seat and lunch ticket.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at http://www.wlf.la.gov or http://www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 
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 critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone. Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant College Program, a network of 33 university-based programs in each of the U.S. coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico.

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