Fishing

LDWF to Close Elmer’s Island Due to Hurricane Michael on Tuesday, October 9 at 3 p.m.

Release Date: 10/08/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announces the temporary closure of Elmer's Island, located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish beginning October 9 at 3 p.m.
 
As a precautionary measure due to the projected path of Hurricane Michael and anticipated impacts from this storm, Elmer's Island will remain closed until further notice.

LDWF Plans Five Crab Trap Closures Along Louisiana Coast in 2019

Release Date: 10/05/2018

At today’s monthly meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice of Intent (NOI) allowing the removal of derelict crab traps from five different areas along Louisiana’s coast in 2019.

Since 2004, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, together with individual volunteers and organizations, has successfully removed and disposed of over 37,000 abandoned and derelict crabs. The removal of these crab traps is especially important to boating safety and crab harvesting efforts. Last year, LDWF, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation members, volunteers, BTNEP, CCA and members of the recreational fishing community assisted in retrieving more than 4,000 abandoned crab traps.

After two highly successful years and the removal of 9,700 derelict crab traps, the Commission and the Department aim to keep up the momentum by scheduling the following five closure areas in 2019.

1. Upper Barataria basin and adjacent marshes west of Port Sulphur - 12 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2019, through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019.

2. Lake Pontchartrain, west of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway - 12 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2019, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2019. 

3. Terrebonne Basin, in an area east of Four League Bay to Bayou Grand Caillou - 12 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2019.

4. Pontchartrain Basin, in an area east of the Mississippi River to Bayou Terre Aux Boeufs -12 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2019, through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2019.

5. Sabine Basin, within the area from the LA/TX state line easterly to a point east of Vinton - 12 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019, through 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019.

Barataria Basin Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 14-day period from 12 a.m. February 1, 2019, through 11:59 p.m. February 14, 2019:

  • From a point originating on the western boundary of the Barataria Waterway (29 degrees 34 minutes 54.52 seconds north latitude, 90 degrees 3 minutes 41.24 seconds west longitude); thence easterly to the intersection of Highway 23 and Reddick Lane (29 degrees 34 minutes 53.36 seconds north latitude, 89 degrees 49 minutes 38.29 seconds west longitude); thence southerly on Highway 23 to the intersection of Caroline Avenue and Highway 23; thence southwesterly to a point where Little Pass and the southern bank of the Freeport Sulphur Canal intersect (29 degrees 27 minutes 19.15 seconds north latitude, 89 degrees 42 minutes 25.96 seconds west longitude); thence southwesterly following the southern bank of the Freeport Sulphur Canal to a point located at 29 degrees 23 minutes 51.08 seconds north latitude, 89 degrees 46 minutes 30.00 seconds west longitude; thence westerly to a point located on the western shore of the Barataria Waterway at 29 degrees 24 minutes 17.19 seconds north latitude, 89 degrees 59 minutes 24.00 seconds west longitude; thence northerly following the western shore of the Barataria Waterway and terminating at the origin.

Western Lake Pontchartrain Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 10-day period from 12 a.m. February 1, 2019, through 11:59 p.m. February 10, 2019:

 

  • From a point of origin where I-55 intersects Pass Manchac (30 degrees 17 minutes 7.08 seconds north latitude, 90 degrees 24 minutes 6.07 seconds west longitude; thence easterly following the northern bank of Pass Manchac to the point where Pass Manchac exits at the northwest bank of Lake Pontchartrain; thence northerly following the bank of Lake Pontchartrain to the south bound lane of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway (30 degrees 21 minutes 51.75 seconds north latitude, 90 degrees 5 minutes 38.59 seconds west longitude); thence southerly to a point where the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway crosses the Lakefront Trail located at 30 degrees 1 minutes 10.06 seconds north latitude, 90 degrees 9 minutes 17.28 seconds west longitude; thence westerly following the Lakefront Trail along the  south bank of Lake Pontchartrain until it intersects the Duncan Canal (30 degrees 2 minutes 50.56 seconds north latitude, 90 degrees 16 minutes 45.21 seconds west longitude); thence westerly past the Duncan Canal continuing to follow the south bank of Lake Pontchartrain to  a point where I-10 passes over the southern bank of Lake Pontchartrain (30 degrees 3 minutes 21.43 seconds north latitude, 90 degrees 22 minutes 17.79 seconds west longitude); thence westerly on I-10 to the intersection of I-55, thence northerly on I-55 and terminating at the origin.

Terrebonne Basin Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 14-day period from 12 a.m. February 15, 2019, through 11:59 p.m. February 28, 2019:

  • From a point originating at the intersection of the eastern shoreline of Bayou Dularge and the northern shoreline of Falgout Canal (29 degrees 24 minutes 44.098 seconds north latitude, 90 degrees 46 minutes 58.47 seconds west longitude); thence westerly along the northern shoreline of Falgout Canal to Lake de Cade; thence westerly along the northern shoreline of Lake de Cade to the mouth of Bayou de Cade; thence southwesterly along the northern shoreline of Bayou de Cade to Lost Lake; thence westerly along the northern shoreline of Lost Lake to the mouth of Rice Bayou; thence southerly along the western shoreline of Rice Bayou to Blue Hammock Bayou; thence westerly along the  northern shore of Blue Hammock Bayou to Four League Bay; thence southerly along the eastern shoreline of Four League  Bay to the mouth of Oyster Bayou; thence southerly along the eastern shoreline of Oyster Bayou to a point along the inside-outside shrimp line as defined in LAC 76:VII.370 (29 degrees 13 minutes 12.001 seconds north latitude, 91 degrees 07 minutes 48.002 seconds west longitude); thence easterly along the inside-outside shrimp line to the eastern shoreline of Bayou Grand Caillou; thence northerly along the eastern shoreline of Bayou Grand Caillou to 29 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds north latitude; thence westerly across Bayou Grand Caillou to the northern shoreline of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline canal; thence westerly  along the northern shoreline of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline canal to the eastern shore of Bayou Dularge; thence northerly along the eastern shoreline of Bayou Dularge and terminating at its origin.

South Pontchartrain Basin Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 14-day period from 12 a.m. February 15, 2019, through 11:59 p.m. February 28, 2019:

 

  • From a point  of originating along the eastern shoreline of the Mississippi River at 29 degrees 46 minutes 11.835 seconds north latitude; thence westerly along 29 degrees 46 minutes 11.835 seconds north latitude to its intersection with the eastern bank of Bayou Terre Aux Boeufs at 29 degrees 46 minutes 11.835 seconds north latitude, 89 degrees 47 minutes 20.53 seconds west longitude; thence southerly along the eastern bank of Bayou Terre Aux Boeufs to  29 degrees 41 minutes 15.19 seconds north latitude, 89 degrees 38 minutes 00 seconds west longitude; thence southerly along 89 degrees 38 minutes 00 seconds west longitude to 29 degrees 34 minutes 12 seconds north latitude, 89 degrees 38 minutes 00 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along 29 degrees 34 minutes 12 seconds north latitude to 29 degrees 34 minutes 12.00 seconds north latitude, 89 degrees 42 minutes 36 seconds west longitude; thence southerly along 89 degrees 42 minutes 36 seconds west longitude to its intersection with the eastern bank of the Mississippi River at 29 degrees 30 minutes 51.57 seconds north latitude, 89 degrees 42 minutes 36.24 seconds west longitude; thence northerly along the eastern bank of the Mississippi River to its point of origin.

 

Sabine Basin Crab Trap Removal

 

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 10-day period from 12 a.m. March 13, 2019, through 11:59 p.m. March 22, 2019:

 

  • From a point originating at the Louisiana/Texas state line at 29 degrees 57 minutes 00 seconds north latitude, 93 degrees 48 minutes 29.67 seconds west longitude; thence northerly along the Louisiana/Texas state line to its intersection with the southernmost east bound lane on Interstate 10; thence northeasterly along the southernmost east bound lane on Interstate 10 to 30 degrees 11 minutes 15.16 seconds north latitude, 93 degrees 33 minutes 18 seconds west longitude; thence southerly along 93 degrees 33 minutes 18 seconds west longitude to 29 degrees 57 minutes 00 seconds north latitude, 93 degrees 33 minutes 18.00 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along 29 degrees 57 minutes 00 seconds north latitude to its point of origin.

For maps of the 2019 designated closure areas, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/derelict-crab-trap-removal.

All crab traps remaining in the closed area during the specified period will be considered abandoned.

In the weeks leading up to the closure, LDWF will mail notices to all licensed recreational and commercial crab trap license holders and crab buyers within affected parishes as well as non-resident licensed crab fishermen who fish Louisiana waters and reside in Texas.

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.

Crab traps may be removed only between one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. Only LDWF or those designated by LDWF will be authorized to remove derelict crab traps in the closure areas. Abandoned traps must be brought to LDWF designated disposal sites and may not be taken from the closed area.

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.

 

 

LDWF Cites Two Men for Over Limit of Bass

Release Date: 10/04/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged fishing violations on Sept. 21 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Ray Louviere Jr., 65, of Prairieville, and Robert Holland, 80, of Livingston, for possessing over the limit of black bass.

Agents received a complaint about fishermen possessing over the legal limit of bass on Bayou Black.  Agents setup surveillance at a boat launch near Gibson where they found a truck and empty boat trailer.

When a vessel with Louviere Jr. and Holland approached the marina, agents made contact with the men.  Agents found the men in possession of 53 bass, which put them 33 over the legal limit of 10 bass per day per fisherman.

Over the limit of black bass brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  The men may also face civil restitution totaling $443 for the replacement value of the illegally possessed fish.

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.

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