Fishing

LWF Commission Modifies Rules for Commercial and Recreational Amberjack Harvest

Release Date: 02/04/2016

(Feb. 4, 2016) - Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action on a Notice of Intent to modify the commercial and recreational limits for greater amberjack harvest.
 
The commercial trip limit will decrease from 2,000 pounds whole weight to 1,500 pounds whole weight. The recreational size limit will increase from 30 to 34 inches fork length.
 
Earlier in 2015, the National Marine Fisheries Service promulgated rules establishing this commercial trip limit reduction and recreational size limit increase.  Today’s action will provide consistency with federal regulations.
 
To view the full notice of intent, 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 April 7, 2016.

LDWF Seeks Aquatic Volunteer Instructors

Release Date: 02/04/2016

(Feb. 4, 2016) - Are you are passionate about Louisiana’s fisheries or teaching others how to fish?  Then the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has a great opportunity for you.  LDWF will offer a free Aquatic Volunteer Instructor workshop in Slidell at the Towers Building on Wednesday, February 17.
 
This 8-hour instructional workshop led by staff biologists will provide instruction on various fisheries topics including fishing techniques, fisheries management, knot tying, fish tagging, proper fish identification and more.
 
The hands-on workshop will not only teach potential volunteers how to coordinate their own aquatic education program, but will also provide certified volunteers access to loaner kits.  Rods, reels and basic tackle are just some of the items available for instructor use at events. Educational pamphlets and brochures are also offered to volunteers upon certification.
 
These workshops are also great for teachers and educators. The Department has developed lesson plans to correspond with Louisiana’s education standards. Educator resources are also provided through the loaner kit system. Two summer workshops are offered specifically for teachers, focusing on the lesson plan curriculum.
 
To sign up for the Slidell Aquatic VIP Workshop or to check out the other workshops offered throughout the state, please visit www.fishla.org/ldwf-volunteer-programs. Contact Alayna McGarry with any questions at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov or at (504) 286-4050.

Are You LDWF’s Next License to Win! Sweepstakes Winner?

Release Date: 02/03/2016

(Feb. 3, 2016) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is giving you the chance to win one of many outdoor prizes including ice chests, fishing rods, gift cards and more.  If these sound like prizes you’d be interested in winning, purchasing a recreational saltwater fishing license is the place to start. 
 
As part of it’s first annual License to Win! promotion, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, awards five monthly prize winners among those who purchase a 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing license.
 
Winners drawn on January 1 include Arnold Bochner, Mark Baudean, George Hagmann, Barbara Meaux and Justin Farge.
 
Donated prizes include a YETI Tundra 45 ice chest, Shimano Curado G-Loomis Combo or gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Texaco and Whole Foods Market.
 
The department will continue to select five winners each month, and one lucky angler will take home the grand prize, a 22 foot bay boat, trailer and motor donated by Venice Marina, Mercury Outboards and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot.
 
The License to Win! sweepstakes encourages anglers to provide accurate contact information to participate in a survey (LA Creel) that helps LDWF manage their fishery. LA Creel is the data-gathering survey that allows LDWF biologists to manage our fisheries at localized levels across the state. The success of LA Creel will not only allow the Department to better manage fisheries, but will ultimately maximize the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers. 
 
Visit your nearest license vendor or go online (www.wildlifelicense.com) to purchase your recreational saltwater license to be eligible for next month’s drawing.
 
Rules, photos and additional information can be found at http://www.fishla.org/license-win-sweepstakes/
 
 

LDWF Announces 2016 Derelict Crab Trap Cleanup; Volunteers Needed

Release Date: 02/01/2016

(Feb. 1, 2016) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will again host its annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo will two volunteer cleanup events during the month of February. 
 
The Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program was initiated by LDWF in 2004 to address the removal of derelict and abandoned crab traps.  The traps increase ghost-fishing mortality of blue crabs and other species captured incidentally, interfere with other commercial fishing gear types, create navigation hazards and degrade the beauty of our natural environment.
 
The volunteer-based program is funded through commercial fishermen gear fees, and since its inception has disposed of more than 24,000 derelict crab traps. Last year, LDWF and Louisiana Sea Grant staff, CCA, and volunteers from the recreational fishing community assisted in retrieving more than 400 abandoned traps.  This year, LDWF is teaming up with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program to conduct two cleanup events as part of the NOAA Marine Debris Removal Program.
 

Area Closures
 
In order to conduct the trap cleanups, licensed crab fishermen and seafood dealers received a notice informing them crab traps must be removed from within the closure areas during the closure period, and all remaining crab traps will be considered abandoned and may be removed by agency personnel or volunteers.
 
Crab traps may be removed only between one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Anyone may remove these abandoned traps from within the closed areas.  Abandoned traps must be brought to LDWF designated disposal sites and may not be taken from the closed area.
 
These proposed trap removal regulations do not provide authorization for access to private property. Authorization to access private property can only be provided by individual landowners.
 
Maps of the closure areas can be found here, and the use of traps will be prohibited in the following areas:
·      Lake Pontchartrain: The use of crab traps will be prohibited beginning Friday, February 12 at 6 a.m. through Sunday, February 21 at 6 a.m.
·      Barataria Basin: The use of crab traps will be prohibited beginning Friday, February 19 at 6 a.m. through Sunday, February 28 at 6 a.m.
·      Sabine Lake: The use of crab traps will be prohibited in the following area beginning Friday, February 19 at 6 a.m. through Sunday, February 28 at 6 a.m.

Volunteers
 
LDWF encourages volunteers to participate in this opportunity to remove abandon crab traps and conserve Louisiana’s marine resources. Volunteers are needed to assist with dockside activities including unloading and stacking traps. The greatest need is for volunteer boat owners to help maximize trap collection.
 
·      Lake Pontchartrain: A dedicated volunteer day will be held on Saturday, February 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pelican Pointe Marina. This event is held in coordination with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, and lunch and door prizes will be provided. In order to better coordinate volunteer activities, volunteers are encouraged to register in advance at the following website: http://lpbf.wufoo.com/forms/derelict-crab-trap-registration/
 
·      Barataria Basin: A dedicated volunteer day will be held on Saturday, February 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Jean Lafitte Harbor. This event is held in coordination with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Foundation Program, and lunch and door prizes will be provided. In order to better coordinate volunteer activities, volunteers are encouraged to register in advance at the following website: https://surveymonkey.com/r/F9C2L2G

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet 2-2-16

Release Date: 01/28/2016

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. The meeting will convene at 9:30 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 November 10, 2015 Meeting

3.     Hearing of Deferred Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Myron Prosperie

4.     Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Brock Buras

5.     Update on Recommendations Made at November 10, 2015 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.  

Shrimp Task Force to Meet February 3rd

Release Date: 01/26/2016

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

Clint Guidry, Chairman

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

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

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.             Approval of December 9, 2015 meeting minutes and February 3, 2016 agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget report- LDWF

IV.            Old Business

A.     Update on the TED notice of intent- Jeff Marx

B.     Update on shrimp enforcement and penalties- LDWF staff

C.     Nearshore artificial reefs- Craig Gothreaux

V.              New Business

A.     Audubon Gulf and MRAG MSC sustainability pre-assessments- Damon Morris

B.     Federal Permits and Amendment 17 A,B- Myron Fischer

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/8892797641076971009

Oyster Task Force to Meet February 2nd

Release Date: 01/26/2016

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 1:00 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210

New Orleans

 

 

 

I.      Roll call and introduction of guests

II.    Approval of January 5, 2016 Meeting Minutes and February 2, 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 (Patrick Banks)

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)

 

VI.   New Business

A.     Update on oyster and water quality sampling related to the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening (LDWF Staff)

B.     FDA training as requirement for Louisiana Oyster Harvesters License (LDWF Staff)

             

VII.     Public Comment

VIII.  Set Next Meeting

IX.        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/5423398650792249346

New Year, New License to Win! Sweepstakes Winners

Release Date: 01/25/2016

(Jan. 25, 2016) - The opportunity to win a brand new 22-foot Bullsbay boat with trailer is still on the line as part of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ first annual License to Win! promotion. In partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, the Department also selects monthly prize winners as part of the sweepstakes. Six lucky winners were selected in the December drawing held on January 1 including Clayton Branton, Dustin Comeaux, Landon Courtney, Ray Graham, Bradley Hebert and Jesse Horn.
 
The winners were among thousands of names entered when they purchased a 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing license.
 
The sweepstakes includes fives monthly prize winners of a YETI Tundra 45 ice chest, Shimano Curado G-Loomis Combo or gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Texaco and Whole Foods Market.
 
The License to Win! sweepstakes encourages anglers to provide accurate contact information to participate in a survey (LA Creel) that helps LDWF manage their fishery. LA Creel is the data-gathering survey that allows LDWF biologists to manage our fisheries at localized levels across the state. The success of LA Creel will not only allow the Department to better manage fisheries, but will ultimately maximize the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers. 
 
We’re only halfway through this year-long promotion, leaving plenty opportunity for your chance to be our next lucky winner.  Visit your nearest license vendor or go online (www.wildlifelicense.com) to purchase your recreational saltwater license to be eligible for next month’s drawing. The department will continue to select five winners each month, and one lucky angler will take home the grand prize, a 22 foot bay boat, trailer and motor donated by Venice Marina, Mercury Outboards and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot.
 
Rules, photos and additional information can be found at http://www.fishla.org/license-win-sweepstakes/

Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet 1-26-16

Release Date: 01/22/2016

Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 1:00 P.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.              Call to Order

II.            Seed Ground Permit renewal

III.         Discussion of the ‘red-line’

IV.          Dredge size on public seed grounds

V.             Update on oyster transplant considerations

VI.          Public Comment

VII.        Set next meeting

VIII.     Adjourn

 

 

 

Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee to Meet 1-26-16

Release Date: 01/22/2016

Oyster Task Force

Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 10:30 A.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

 

 

 

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