Fishing

LDWF MODIFIES FISHING CLOSURE IN PORTIONS OF LOWER LAFOURCHE AND TERREBONNE PARISHES AND REOPENS TERRITORIAL SEAS SOUTH OF MARSH ISLAND

Release Date: 05/28/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following closure to recreational and commercial fishing in southern Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes and a reopening of the territorial seas south of Marsh Island to recreational and commercial fishing effective immediately today, May 28.

Lower Lafourche and Terrebonne Closure

The closure is in effect in the portion of state inside waters south of 29 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from the western shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Terrebonne and south to 29 degrees 21 minutes 00 seconds north latitude.  This closure is effective immediately today, May 28, 2010 due to confirmed reports of oil.

Territorial Seas Reopening

The reopening includes state outside waters extending seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from South Point of Marsh Island at 91 degrees 45 minutes 48 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of Freshwater Bayou at 92 degrees 18 minutes 27 seconds west longitude. This area will open immediately today, May 28.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas.  Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily.  As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.

LDWF continues to work closely with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to conduct coast-wide sampling of fish, crabs and shrimp, to ensure all seafood harvested from the Gulf is a safe, quality product.

All other closures remain in place.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

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LDWF AMENDS FISHING CLOSURES IN PORTION OF BARATARIA BASIN

Release Date: 05/27/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following actions in portions of the Barataria Basin in Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes effective immediately today, May 27.

Fishing Openings

The portion of state inside waters north of the inside/outside shrimp line and south of the Mississippi River from the southern shoreline of Red Pass at 89 degrees 28 minutes 13.4 seconds north latitude westward to the western shoreline of the Empire Canal; thence north along the western shoreline of the Empire Canal to 29 degrees 20 minutes 00 seconds north latitude; thence west along 29 degrees 20 minutes 00 seconds north latitude to the western shoreline of Grand Bayou; thence north along the western shoreline of Grand Bayou.  This area was part of a precautionary closure.  To date no oil has been confirmed in this area.

Fishing Closures

That portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 35 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 89 degrees 52 minutes west longitude near the western shoreline of Bay Batiste westward to 90 degrees 14 minutes 00 seconds west longitude near the western shoreline of Little Lake.  This closure is due to confirmed reports of oil

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas.  Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily.  As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.

All other closures remain in place.

To view maps of the amended fishing closures: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/pdfs/news/FISHING-CLOSURE.jpg

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For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2335 or 225.610.2363

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LDWF ANNOUNCES RE-OPENING OF PORTION OF INSIDE WATERS IN WESTERN TERREBONNE PARISH

Release Date: 05/26/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the re-opening to recreational and commercial fishing activities in inside waters west of the eastern shore of Bayou Grand Caillou in Terrebonne Parish effective 6 pm, May 26, 2010.  A precautionary closure of this area was issued May 22 due to increasing number of documented reports of oil east of this area.  To date, no oil has been documented in this area. 

Effective with this action, all state inside waters from the eastern shore of Bayou Grand Caillou westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line are open to recreational and commercial fishing.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas.  Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily.  As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened. 

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2335 or 225.610.2363

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LDWF ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SPRING SHRIMP SEASON IN LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN, LAKE BORGNE AND MISSISSIPPI SOUND

Release Date: 05/26/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the opening of the spring shrimp season in portions of Zone 1 east of the Mississippi River effective 6 am, May 31, 2010.

Spring Inshore Shrimp Season Opening:

  • Pass Manchac east of the railway bridge
  • Lake Pontchartrain
  • Rigoletes Pass
  • Chef Menteur Pass
  • Lake Borgne
  • Mississippi Sound: the portion of Mississippi Sound north of the Biloxi Marsh and west of 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude at Isle au Pitre

On May 6, the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission granted authority to the secretary to open the spring shrimp season in both inside and outside state waters within Shrimp Management Zone 1, based on biological date and the latest oil-spill trajectory.   Field reports indicate that 50 percent or more of the brown shrimp crop in these waters will average larger than 100 count per pound. 

To date, there have been no confirmed reports of oil in these areas

All other closures issued by LDWF remain in place

To view a map detailing these closures click here:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/pdfs/news/FISHING-CLOSURE.jpg.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2335 or 225.610.2363

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LDWF Issues Additional Recreational and Commercial Fishing Closure in the Territorial Seas near Marsh Island

Release Date: 05/26/2010

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham announced the following precautionary closure to recreational and commercial fishing activities near Marsh Island effective immediately, today, May 26.  These closures are a result of confirmed reports of oil. 

Territorial Sea Closure

All state outside waters extending seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from South Point of Marsh Island at 91 degrees 45 minutes 48 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of Freshwater Bayou at 92 degrees 18 minutes 27 seconds west longitude

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas.  Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily.  As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened. 

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

All other closures remain in place. http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/pdfs/news/FISHING-CLOSURE.jpg

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2335 or 225.610.2363

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LDWF Re-opens State Territorial Seas south of Marsh Island to Recreational and Commercial Fishing

Release Date: 05/24/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following re-opening to recreational and commercial fishing activities in portions of the state territorial seas south of Marsh Island in Iberia and Vermilion parishes effective immediately, today, May 24, 2010.

This area was originally closed on May 18, 2010 due to a confirmed report of oil on a small section of the southern shoreline of Marsh Island.  Since that time, no additional oil has been reported from the area.

Territorial Seas Opening

All state outside waters extending seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from South Point of Marsh Island at 91 degrees 45 minutes 48 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of Freshwater Bayou at 92 degrees 18 minutes 27 seconds west longitude.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas.  Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily.  As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

All other closures remain in place.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2335 or 225.610.2363

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Recreational Fishing Gear

Regulations: 

Methods of Taking Fish

Freshwater fish and saltwater recreational fish may be taken by means of rod, fishing pole, hook and line, trolling line, handline, bait casting, fly casting apparatus, by use of the devices known as yo-yos or trigger devices, bow and arrow, recreational wire nets and recreational slat traps, recreational hoop nets,
standard spearing equipment used by a diver sport fishing in saltwater or freshwater when submerged in the water, recreational pipes, recreational buckets, recreational drums, recreational cans, recreational shrimp trawls and recreational crawfish nets and traps, and by no other means except a barbed or barbless spear used in saltwater for taking flounder. NOTE: Certain species of game fish may not be taken with some gear listed above. Crossbows are not a legal method.

No person shall take or possess fish taken by means of spears, poisons, stupefying substances or devices, explosives, guns, tree-topping devices, electricity or any instrument or device capable of producing an electric current used in shocking said fish. No person shall take or possess game fish taken by means of snagging devices, not including bow and arrow. Catfish may be taken by means of snagging devices. Garfish may be taken by means of spears and bows and arrows. It shall be unlawful to possess any of the prohibited instruments, weapons, substances or devices set out hereinabove with the intent to take fish.

Minnows, crawfish, shrimp and other legal bait species, not including game fish, may be taken with legal cast nets, minnow traps, dip nets and bait seines when taken in compliance with all other laws. Legal bait species may be taken with bait seines with a maximum mesh size not exceeding one-quarter inch mesh bar,
one-half inch mesh stretched and thirty feet in length. Bait seines must be operated on foot and solely by hand, without any pulley, mechanical device or mechanical assistance whatsoever. Dip nets may not exceed three feet in diameter and must be operated solely by hand, by no more than one person and
without any mechanical assistance whatsoever.

Bream (Lepomis spp.) may not be taken as bait for sportfishing purposes in any form of trap except at Toledo Bend Reservoir, where a minnow trap not exceeding 24 inches in length and having a throat no larger than one inch by three inches may be used to take bream for non-commercial bait purposes.

Skin divers fishing for sport in freshwater, when submerged in the water and using standard spearing equipment, or any person using a bow and arrow, or any person using or possessing nets or traps, including recreational hoop nets, recreational slat traps, recreational pipes, recreational buckets, recreational drums, recreational tires, recreational cans, recreational wire nets and recreational crawfish traps may not take or possess any largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), spotted bass (M. punctulatus), black or white crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus, P. annularis), white bass (Morone chrysops), yellow bass (M. mississipiensis), striped bass (M. saxatilis), hybrid striped bass (striped bass-white bass cross) or any species of bream.

Mobility impaired persons, as defined in R.S. 47:463.4(E), that are bona fide residents of Louisiana and over 60 years of age, may use a single recreational hoop net in any waters of the state. The net must be no greater than eighteen feet by eight feet. Catch is restricted to catfish and used only for home consumption.

Recreational wire nets shall only be used for the taking of legal sized catfish. Recreational wire nets and recreational hoop nets may only be used in the area located north of Interstate 12 from where it crosses the Louisiana/Mississippi state line westward to the city of Baton Rouge, the areas located north of Interstate 10 from the city of Baton Rouge westward to where it crosses the Louisiana/Texas state line.

Recreational crawfish traps shall be marked with a waterproof tag, provided by the fisherman, with the name and recreational gear license number of the fisherman legibly printed on the tag. The minimum mesh size for the nets used to harvest wild crawfish shall be a hexagon of three-quarters by eleven-sixteenths of one inch. This measurement shall be from wire to wire, and any coating on the wire shall not be considered in computing the measurements.

LDWF Modifies Closures in Portion of Inside Waters East of Grand Isle to Recreational and Commercial Fishing

Release Date: 05/22/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following additional closure to recreational and commercial fishing activities in a portion of state inside waters east of Grand Isle effective immediately, today, May 22, 2010.

Inside Waters Closure

The portion of inside waters from the eastern shore of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Harvest Area 12 near Lake Grand Ecaille westward to the western shore of the Barataria Waterway as marked by the green buoy line and south of 29 degrees 23 minutes and 50 seconds north latitude.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas. Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily. As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter as @GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts at http ://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2335 or 225-610-2363.

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LDWF Modifies Closures in Portions of the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins and Territorial Seas to Recreational and Commercial Fishing

Release Date: 05/22/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following additional closures to recreational and commercial fishing activities in portions of state inside waters in lower Jefferson, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes and territorial seas effective immediately, today, May 22, 2010.  These closures were implemented due to confirmed reports of oil.

Barataria Basin

The portion of state inside waters south of 29 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds north latitude  and north of the inside/outside shrimp line, from the western shore of the Mississippi River westward to the western shore of Bayou Lafourche

Terrebonne Basin

The portion of state inside waters south of 29 degrees 21 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and north of the inside/outside shrimp line from the  western shore of Bayou Lafourche  westward to 91 degrees 20 minutes 20 seconds west longitude.

Territorial Seas

That portion of state outside waters seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from 91 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 91 degrees 20 minutes 20 seconds west longitude.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas.  Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily.  As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened. 

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

All other closures remain in place.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2335 or 225.610.2363

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