Fishing

Commercial King Mackerel Season to Close October 5, 2018

Release Date: 10/04/2018

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, October 5, 2018. 

Each year, a commercial quota is established for Gulf of Mexico group king mackerel by NMFS based on recommendations by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. That figure is then allocated to various zones and fisheries.  According to the best information available, the 1.116 million pound commercial quota of king mackerel for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico has been harvested.

The commercial king mackerel season in Louisiana waters has previously been closed on March 27, 2009 (08-09 season), September 12, 2009 (09-10 season), February 11, 2011 (10-11 season), September 16, 2011 (11-12 season), August 22, 2012 (12-13 season), September 20, 2013 (13-14 season), October 31, 2014 (14-15 season), January 7, 2016 (15-16 season), January 21, 2017 (16-17 season) and October 16, 2017 (17-18 season).

While there are relatively few king mackerel harvested or targeted by Louisiana recreational anglers, a substantial commercial fishery exists, which typically lands 800 to 900 thousand pounds annually at Louisiana ports.  A significant portion of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana ports is shipped to markets in the northeast United States.

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@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. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Commercial King Mackerel Season to Close October 5, 2018

Release Date: 10/04/2018

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, October 5, 2018. 

Each year, a commercial quota is established for Gulf of Mexico group king mackerel by NMFS based on recommendations by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. That figure is then allocated to various zones and fisheries.  According to the best information available, the 1.116 million pound commercial quota of king mackerel for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico has been harvested.

The commercial king mackerel season in Louisiana waters has previously been closed on March 27, 2009 (08-09 season), September 12, 2009 (09-10 season), February 11, 2011 (10-11 season), September 16, 2011 (11-12 season), August 22, 2012 (12-13 season), September 20, 2013 (13-14 season), October 31, 2014 (14-15 season), January 7, 2016 (15-16 season), January 21, 2017 (16-17 season) and October 16, 2017 (17-18 season).

While there are relatively few king mackerel harvested or targeted by Louisiana recreational anglers, a substantial commercial fishery exists, which typically lands 800 to 900 thousand pounds annually at Louisiana ports.  A significant portion of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana ports is shipped to markets in the northeast United States.

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@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. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

AMENDED - October 2018 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 09/28/2018

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

 

The following items will be discussed:

 

1. Call to Order
 

2. Pledge of Allegiance
 
3. Roll Call
 
4. Adoption of September 6, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes
 
5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege
 
6. Enforcement Report, September 2018
 
7. Receive and Consider a Resolution to Rename the LDWF “Louisiana Room” to the “Joe L. Herring Room”
 
8. Recognize the Archery in Louisiana Schools Participants and Program
 
9. Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent on Houseboat Registration
 
10. Receive presentation on the 50 year Anniversary of  Brown Pelican Reintroduction to Louisiana
 
11. Receive a Presentation on the Dredge Fill Material Program
 
12. Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency to Amend the Current Louisiana Cervid Carcass Importation Regulation to include Louisiana Lands East of the Mississippi River in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas Parishes
 
13. Receive a Report on the LDWF Freshwater Fish Hatchery Program
 
14. Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent for the 2019 Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program

15. To Discuss the Facts and Circumstances Relating to the Intergovernmental Agreement Between LDWF and the Grand Isle Levee District for the Purpose of Constructing an Airport/Airstrip on Elmer’s Island

16. Reconsider December 2018 Commission Meeting Date
 
17. Set February 2019 Commission Meeting Date
 
18. Receive Public Comments
 
19. Adjournment

 

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8378008517560935682

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating allreasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet September 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Release Date: 09/24/2018

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance
II. Roll call and Introduction of Guests
III. Approval of the July 11, 2018 meeting minutes and of the September 26, 2018 Agenda
IV. Treasury Report
   A. Budget Report- LDWF
V. Federal Shrimp Permit Report- STF
VI. New Business
   A. To Hear a Presentation of Survey Results from the 2018 LFF Sediment Diversion Panel and Discussion- Sea Grant
   B. To Discuss the 2019 Shrimp Bycatch Study and Online Portal- LDWF
   C. To Hear a Summary and Update on the 2018 Spring Shrimp Season- LDWF
   D. To Hear a Presentation on Shrimp Prices by Market Size- LDWF
   E. To Discuss Location Proposals for Inshore Artificial Reef Sites- LDWF/LPBF
   F. To Discuss Rescheduling the Shrimp Task Force Washington, D.C. Trip- STF
VII. Public Comment
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/1126474245501185795

 

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  email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

LDWF Encourages Commercial Shrimpers to Participate in the 2019 Bycatch Study

Release Date: 09/19/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is urging commercial shrimpers to participate in its 2019 shrimp bycatch study. The voluntary study was developed as part of the Department’s commitment to support the sustainability certification of Louisiana’s shrimp fishery. The study is designed to collect bycatch data during commercial shrimping trips throughout state waters.

Participation will require commercial shrimpers to allow LDWF staff onboard their vessels during designated trips throughout the 2019 shrimp seasons. LDWF staff will collect a sample from each haul.  Shrimp and other commercial harvest will be sampled onboard the vessel and retained by the commercial fisherman.  The remainder of the catch will either be processed on board or held for later processing, depending on conditions.

Most trips will begin at 5 a.m. at the location of the final sale and must conclude by 5 p.m. at the same location.  A very limited number of trips will take place at night, beginning at 5 p.m. and concluding at 5 a.m. Participating fishermen will receive $350.00 compensation per trip.

To register as a potential participant in the 2019 shrimp bycatch study, click here. A background check and vessel/site inspection is required of each participating fisherman. LDWF will randomly select participants based on gear type and basin. The online registration portal will close on December 3, 2018. 

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle (337) 491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov.

 

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet September 18

Release Date: 09/13/2018

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting
Pete Gerica, Chairman
Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 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 May 8, 2018 minutes and September 18, 2018 agenda
III.          Financial report
IV.          New business
A.     To hear discussion on the amended blue crab regulations - LDWF
B.     To hear reccomendations for a legislative proposal to increase penalties for crabbing violations - Crab Task Force
C.    To dicuss crab trap markings in navigable waterways - Crab Task Force
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/5683738836204565251
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all
reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign
language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of
this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to Modify Blue Crab Harvest Regulations

Release Date: 09/07/2018

At its September 6, 2018 meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice of Intent to change regulations for the recreational and commercial harvest of blue crabs in 2019.  The proposed rule would change the season during which the harvest of mature female blue crabs is closed, currently set for mid-March to mid-April 2019, to September 9 – October 13, 2019.  The proposal will also include banning the recreational harvest of female blue crab during that season. These changes are expected to result in less negative impact on the crab fishery while maintaining the same level of protection to the blue crab stock.

The changes are listed below :

  • The recreational and commercial take of female blue crab from any of the waters of the state or the possession of female blue crabs while on waters of the state is prohibited for a thirty-five day period beginning the second Monday of September in 2019 (September 9 – October 13, 2019). All female blue crab in possession of any persons on the water shall be deemed to have been taken from the waters of the state.
    • These regulations will replace the previous 30-day closure, imposed in 2017, and the 60-day female harvest restriction imposed in the spring of 2018, and the previously proposed restriction in spring of 2019.
  • Removal of the sunset provision on the currently established ban on the commercial harvest of immature female blue crabs, making the ban permanent.

Regulations on commercial female blue crab harvest to remain in effect in 2018 and 2019 are as follows:

  • Commercial harvest of immature female blue crabs is illegal. A commercial fisherman may possess an incidental take of immature female crabs in an amount not to exceed two percent of the total number of crabs that is possessed. Crabs in a work box, used to sort or cull undersized and/or immature female crabs, are not subject to the restriction while held aboard an active fishing vessel. (An immature female crab, also known as a “maiden” or “V-bottom” crab, can be identified as having a triangular shaped apron on her abdomen. A mature female crab can be identified as having a dome shaped apron on her abdomen.)
     
  • There is an exception for immature, female blue crabs held for processing as softshell crabs or being sold to a processor for the making of softshell crabs.

Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule to Peyton Cagle, Marine Fisheries Biologist DCL-B, Marine Fisheries Section, 1213 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601, or via e-mail to peyton.cagle@la.gov prior to November 28, 2018.

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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Seed Grounds Committee to Meet September 11

Release Date: 09/04/2018

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Seed Grounds Committee
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 9:30 A.M.
2021 Lakeshore Drive, STE 210
New Orleans, LA 70122
AGENDA

I. Call to Order
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. Discussion of the Draft Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting NOI- OTF
IV. Public Comment
V. Set next meeting
VI. 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/110594770181899011

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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup. For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

Elmer's Island to Close at 9:00 a.m. September 4

Release Date: 09/03/2018

Baton Rouge - The Louisaina Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announces the temporary closure of Elmer's Island, located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson PArish beginning September 4 at 9:00 a.m.

As a precautionary measure due to the projected path of Tropical Storm Gordon and anticipated impacts from this storm, Elmer's Island will remain closed until further notice.

 

 

Elmer's Island to Close at 9:00 a.m. September 4

Release Date: 09/03/2018

 

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