Fishing

L.D.W.F. Reopens Portions of State Waters in Lafourche, Terrebonne, Plaquemines and Jefferson Parishes to Commercial Fishing

Release Date: 08/14/2010

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has ordered an emergency reopening of commercial fishing areas that were previously closed due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Commercial fishing will reopen for finfish and shrimp in portions of state waters in Lafourche, Terrebonne, Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes effective immediately today, Saturday, August 14.

With today's actions, adjustments were made to the areas closed to recreational fishing west of Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River. Those areas closed to commercial fishing now match the areas closed to recreational fishing. LDWF made these adjustments to align with areas reopened based on FDA testing and to allow LDWF enforcement agents to better monitor closed areas.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham ordered these re-openings following the completion of comprehensive testing by the FDA. The FDA advised that following extensive sensory testing and analytical chemistry results, the seafood samples tested from previously closed areas are safe for consumption.

NOTE: Shrimpers are reminded that the fall inshore shrimp season begins on Monday, August 16 at 6 AM

These openings do not include the commercial harvest of crabs and oysters. The FDA testing method for crabs takes significantly longer to process, as such LDWF Secretary Barham chose a phased approach for opening commercial fishing. While LDWF continues to work closely with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to ensure the safety of Louisiana's seafood, these openings do not include the commercial harvest of oysters, as this activity is regulated by DHH.

All commercial and recreational closures east of Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River remain unchanged.

Commercial Fishing Reopening in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes

All state inside and outside waters from the western shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to the eastern shore of Oyster Bayou at 91 degrees 07 minutes 48 seconds west longitude will open to commercial fishing excluding the harvest of crabs and oysters effective Saturday, August 14, except in the following areas which will remain closed to commercial and recreational fishing until further notice due to continued presence of oil:

The portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 09 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 12 minutes 50 seconds north latitude from the western shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to 90 degrees 17 minutes 50 seconds west longitude, and

The portion of state inside and outside waters north of 29 degrees 03 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 09 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 13 minutes 30 seconds west longitude and the western shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and

The portion of state inside and outside waters north of 29 degrees 02 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 05 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 37 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 58 minutes 00 seconds west longitude

Commercial Fishing Reopening in Plaquemines, Jefferson and Lafourche Parishes

All state inside and outside waters from the western shore of Southwest Pass at the Mississippi River and 89 degrees 25 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to the western shore of Bayou Lafourche will open to commercial fishing excluding the harvest of crabs and oysters effective Saturday, August 14, except in the following areas which will remain closed to commercial and recreational fishing until further notice due to continued presence of oil:

The portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 23 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 89 degrees 50 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of the Barataria Waterway, and

The portion of state inside and outside waters north of 29 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 22 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 89 degrees 48 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 89 degrees 52 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and

The portion of state inside and outside waters bounded by the following coordinates:

1) 29 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds north latitude
89 degrees 48 minutes 00 seconds west longitude

2) 29 degrees 20 minutes 00 seconds north latitude
89 degrees 48 minutes 00 seconds west longitude

3) 29 degrees 13 minutes 40 seconds north latitude
89 degrees 33 minutes 00 seconds west longitude

4) 29 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds north latitude
89 degrees 32 minutes 30 seconds west longitude

The portion of state inside and outside waters bounded by the following coordinates:

1) 29 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds north latitude
89 degrees 52 minutes 00 seconds west longitude

2) 29 degrees 21 minutes 00 seconds north latitude
89 degrees 52 minutes 00 seconds west longitude

3) 29 degrees 15 minutes 40 seconds north latitude
89 degrees 56 minutes 00 seconds west longitude

4) 29 degrees 17 minutes 10 seconds north latitude
89 degrees 57 minutes 30 sec! onds west longitude

The portion of state inside and outside waters north of 29 degrees 08 minutes 15 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 11 minutes 40 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 03 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 07 minutes 00 seconds west longitude

To report a suspected oiled catch to LDWF you are encouraged to call 1-866-577-1401. Please be prepared to give your name, fishing license number and coordinates of suspected oil. All claims are taken very seriously, and any person found falsifying claims will be dealt with to the full extent the law allows.

For more information contact Marianne Burke at mburke@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2917.

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Assistance Available for Louisiana Shrimp Harvesters

Release Date: 08/12/2010

 

Qualified Louisiana shrimp fishermen may receive up to $12,000 in cash benefits and obtain technical training under the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Farmers Program.

This program is designed to help shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic adjust to increased competition through training and payments to implement new business strategies.

Individual shrimpers in Louisiana interested in applying for technical training and up to $12,000 in cash benefits must complete and submit a written application to their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) center by September 23, 2010.

To find the Louisiana FSA center nearest you, visit the following link to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s website and click on the parish where you live.  http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=la&agency=fsa

When applying for TAA benefits, you must provide documentation that you caught or harvested shrimp (i.e. LDWF trip ticket reports) in the 2008 marketing year and during at least one of the three previous marketing years (2005, 2006 or 2007).  You may also need to certify that either your production or price per pound declined from previous years.  Interested family members or business partners may be listed as an alternate on the application form if you are unable to attend training. 

Applications (form FSA 229-1) are available on the FAS Website at: http://www.fas.usda.gov/itp/taa/taaforms.asp.

For more information call your local FSA office or visit www.taaforfarmers.org.

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Louisiana Wild-caught Crawfish Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 08/12/2010

 

The Louisiana Wild-Caught Crawfish Task Force will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

The agenda is as follows:

A.   Call to Order

B.   Roll Call

C.   Adoption of Agenda

D.   Reading of the Minutes from the last meeting 03/23/10

E.   Introduction of Guests

F.    Announcements

G.   Old Business

H.   New Business

1.    Martin Plonsky, Fisheries Biologist to give presentation on catch comparison between ¾ inch and 11/16 inch mesh of crawfish traps.

2.    Comments and discussions on crawfish management plan

3.    Comments and discussion on how often the task force needs to meet  

I.      Public Comment

J.    Topics for Next Meeting

K.   Set Next Meeting Date

L.    Adjourn

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

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L.D.W.F. Announces 2010-2011 Louisiana Oyster Seasons

Release Date: 08/05/2010

Opening and closing dates for the 2010/2011 oyster season on the public oyster areas were set at the today at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.  The seasons were set following public comment and recommendations presented by LDWF biologists.

The 2010/2011 oyster season in the primary public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River, including Lake Borgne and the sacking-only areas of Lake Fortuna/Lake Machias and American/Long Bay, shall open one-half hour before sunrise on November 15, 2010 and shall close at one-half hour after official sunset on April 1, 2011, except for the Bay Gardene Public Oyster Seed Reservation and the 2009 cultch plant areas in Black Bay and Three-Mile Bay within the following coordinates, which shall remain closed:

 

2009 Cultch Plant in Black Bay ? Plaquemines Parish

1.         29 degrees 36 minutes 55.598 seconds N latitude

89 degrees 32 minutes 30.482 seconds W longitude

2.         29 degrees 36 minutes 25.239 seconds N latitude

89 degrees 32 minutes 12.858 seconds W longitude

3.         29 degrees 36 minutes 14.674 seconds N latitude

89 degrees 32 minutes 47.070 seconds W longitude

4.         29 degrees 36 minutes 45.476 seconds N latitude

89 degrees 33 minutes 02.681 seconds W longitude

 

2009 Cultch Plant in Three-Mile Bay ? St. Bernard Parish

1.         30 degrees 01 minutes 15.884 seconds N latitude

89 degrees 21 minutes 19.511 seconds W longitude

2.         30 degrees 01 minutes 34.630 seconds N latitude

89 degrees 20 minutes 58.811 seconds W longitude

3.         30 degrees 01 minutes 11.418 seconds N latitude

89 degrees 21 minutes 12.304 seconds W longitude

4.         30 degrees 01 minutes 29.772 seconds N latitude

89 degrees 20 minutes 52.475 seconds W longitude

 

The oyster season in the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation shall open at one-half hour before sunrise on November 15, 2010 and shall close at one-half hour after sunset on November 21, 2010, except for the 2008 cultch plant within the following coordinates which shall open at one-half hour before sunrise on November 15, 2010 and shall close at one-half hour after sunset on November 16, 2010:

 

2008 Cultch Plant in Hackberry Bay ? Jefferson/Lafourche Parish

1.         29 degrees 25 minutes 28.80 seconds N latitude

90 degrees 01 minutes 17.11 seconds W longitude

2.         29 degrees 25 minutes 37.79 seconds N latitude

            90 degrees 00 minutes 55.39 seconds W longitude

3.         29 degrees 25 minutes 28.61 seconds N latitude

            90 degrees 00 minutes 50.44 seconds W longitude

4.         29 degrees 25 minutes 19.63 seconds N latitude

            90 degrees 01 minutes 12.17 seconds W longitude

 

The Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds shall open one-half hour before sunrise on November 15, 2010 and shall close one half-hour after sunset on April 1, 2011.

 

The Lake Chien and Lake Felicity Public Oyster Seed Grounds shall open one-half hour before sunrise on November 15, 2010 and shall close at one-half hour after sunset on November 16, 2010, except for the 2009 cultch plant in Lake Chien within the following coordinates, which shall remain closed:

 

2009 Cultch Plant in Lake Chien ? Terrebonne Parish

1.         29 degrees 20 minutes 07.167 seconds N latitude

90 degrees 26 minutes 07.493 seconds W longitude

2.         29 degrees 19 minutes 59.855 seconds N latitude

90 degrees 26 minutes 08.985 seconds W longitude

3.         29 degrees 20 minutes 03.161 seconds N latitude

90 degrees 26 minutes 23.849 seconds W longitude

4.         29 degrees 20 minutes 09.837 seconds N latitude

90 degrees 26 minutes 22.538 seconds W longitude.

 

The Lake Mechant Public Oyster Seed Grounds shall open one-half hour before sunrise on October 29, 2010 and shall close at one-half hour after sunset October 31, 2010.

 

The oyster season in the Bay Junop Public Oyster Seed Reservation shall open one-half hour before sunrise on November 15, 2010 and shall close one-half hour after sunset on November 21, 2010,

 

The Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds shall open one-half hour before sunrise on November 15, 2010 and shall close one half-hour after sunset on April 1, 2011.

 

The oyster season in the west cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake public oyster area (Department of Health and Hospitals? harvest area 30) shall open one-half hour before sunrise on October 15, 2010 and shall close one half-hour after sunset on November 14, 2010.  The sack limit during this time period is set at 20 sacks per vessel per day.  During this time, the east side of the Calcasieu Lake public oyster area (Department of Health and Hospitals? harvest area 29) shall remain closed.

 

The oyster season in the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (Department of Health and Hospitals? harvest areas 29 and 30) shall then reopen at one-half hour before sunrise on November 15, 2010 and shall close at one-half hour after sunset on April 30, 2011, except for the 2009 cultch plant within the following coordinates which shall remain closed:

 

2009 Cultch Plant in Calcasieu Lake ? Cameron Parish

1.         29 degrees 50 minutes 36.930 seconds N latitude

93 degrees 19 minutes 14.977 seconds W longitude

2.         29 degrees 50 minutes 33.787 seconds N latitude

            93 degrees 19 minutes 14.102 seconds W longitude

3.         29 degrees 50 minutes 34.266 seconds N latitude

            93 degrees 19 minutes 12.365 seconds W longitude

4.         29 degrees 50 minutes 31.840 seconds N latitude

            93 degrees 19 minutes 11.817 seconds W longitude

5.         29 degrees 50 minutes 32.893 seconds N latitude

            93 degrees 19 minutes 06.405 seconds W longitude

6.         29 degrees 50 minutes 34.263 seconds N latitude

            93 degrees 19 minutes 01.273 seconds W longitude

7.         29 degrees 50 minutes 39.274 seconds N latitude

            93 degrees 19 minutes 02.220 seconds W longitude

8.         29 degrees 50 minutes 39.047 seconds N latitude

            93 degrees 19 minutes 07.548 seconds W longitude

 

The sack limit for Calcasieu Lake during this time period is set at 10 sacks per vessel per day. However, these conservation actions shall not supersede public health closures.

 

The following areas will remain closed for the entire 2010/2011 oyster season:

1.         The Bay Gardene Public Oyster Seed Reservation (as described in R.S. 56:434.E);

2.         The 2009 cultch plants as described above in Three-Mile Bay, Black Bay, Lake Chien, Sister Lake, and Calcasieu Lake;

3.         Barataria Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds (as described in LAC 76:VII:517);

4.         Deep Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds (as described in LAC 76:VII:517);

5.         Lake Tambour Public Oyster Seed Grounds (as described in LAC 76:VII:517);

6.         Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation (as described in R.S. 56:434.E); and

7.         Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area (as described in R.S. 56:435.1).

 

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

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

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L.D.W.F. Announces Fall Shrimp Season

Release Date: 08/05/2010

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the fall inshore shrimp season will open in Shrimp Management Zones 1, 2 and 3 at 6 AM, Monday, August 16.  Season dates were approved today by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, following public comment and recommendations presented by Office of Fisheries biologists.

The closing date was also set by the commission for these waters at sunset December 21, 2010 except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line (LA R.S.56:495.1(A)2) which will remain open to shrimping until 6 AM March 31, 2011.

Zone 1 includes Louisiana waters from the Mississippi border to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River.  Zone 2 extends from to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island and Zone 3 extends from the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island to the Texas border.

Due to the ongoing effects associated the Deepwater Horizon incident, certain delineated areas within the Pontchartrain, Barataria and Terrebonne Basins will remain closed to all commercial fishing, including shrimp harvesting, until further notice.

Louisiana is the number one domestic producer of shrimp with 2009 landings totaling over 100 million pounds, with a dockside value of $118 million.

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

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Announces Opening of Seatrout Season

Release Date: 08/05/2010

Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced the commercial season for the harvest of spotted seatrout will open on August 15, 2010.  This fishery is set to remain open until the maximum annual quota is reached, or on the date projected by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that the quota will be reached, or until sunset on Friday December 31, 2010, whichever comes first.

Act 979 of the 2010 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session modified the season for the commercial harvest of spotted seatrout using a commercial rod and reel.

Also included in Act 979, and effective with the implementation of that act and these rules, the commercial taking or commercial harvesting of spotted sea trout shall be prohibited within Louisiana waters west of the Mermentau River.

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

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Chauvin Man Arrested by LDWF Agents for Falsifying Trip Tickets

Release Date: 08/05/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) arrested a Chauvin man today, Aug. 5 for allegedly falsifying trip ticket information and are transporting him to the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail.
Jessie Lambas, 58, allegedly falsified trip ticket documents dated from May and June of 2009 in order to file a claim with BP America due to the Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Lambas was charged with three felonies for filing false public records, injuring public records and theft by fraud.  The trip tickets were filed with LDWF on May 27 and represented 5,644 pounds of shrimp with a value of $10,237.50.  Lambas stated that he received three payments from BP America totaling $3,000 from May 24 to July 14.
SIU agents met with Lambas on July 26 and 31 after receiving a complaint from the department's trip ticket section that Lambas did not possess a commercial fishing license in 2009.  Lambas does have a wholesale/retail seafood dealer’s license that allows him access to trip tickets issued to the wholesale/retail seafood dealer.
Lambas stated that he filed trip tickets from 2010, but the department does not have any record of issuing Lambas trip tickets in 2010 according to the arrest warrant.  The warrant also states that the trip tickets under question match the 50 trip tickets that he was issued in 2008.
If convicted, Lambas faces fines up to $5,000 and up to five years in jail with or without hard labor for each charge of falsifying and injuring public records.  For the fraud charge, Lambas faces a fine up to $10,000 and up to 10 years in jail with or without hard labor.
"We want to ensure our commercial fishermen and dealers are compensated fairly by using accurate trip ticket information," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of LDWF's Enforcement Division.  "We do not want to see commercial fishermen or dealers tempted to commit felony violations by falsifying trip ticket documents."
LDWF routinely reviews every trip ticket received from the commercial fishing industry to ensure that the most accurate data are collected and properly reflect the important role the state of Louisiana plays in the production of seafood.
These reviews are critical to ensure that commercial fishermen and wholesale/retail dealers are appropriately credited with landings in the event of compensation that results from a natural disaster such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and the current BP America oil spill.
BP America is requesting commercial fishermen to provide landings information from 2007-10 to determine eligibility for financial assistance.  LDWF is providing a landings data report back to commercial fishermen, when requested, to assist with this eligibility process.
The review of trip tickets has become even more critical during this time period considering that the previous years are being used to establish eligibility for assistance.  Any trip tickets from previous years are being subjected to another layer of review by LDWF staff to confirm their validity.
"The information provided on a trip ticket is the best way for the department to establish the value of Louisiana fisheries and the importance of those fisheries to the nation.  Trip ticket data also plays a key role in the managing of fisheries in Louisiana to ensure sustainability," said Michelle Kasprzak, LDWF Trip Ticket Program administrator.  "We ask that trip tickets be completed accurately and submitted on time as required.  Inaccurate or embellished trip tickets will be investigated by the department's Law Enforcement Division."
Trip tickets are filled out at the first point of sale between a commercial fisherman and wholesale/retail dealer or fresh product license holder and are due on the 10th of every month.  Trip tickets are then entered into LDWFs Trip Ticket Program's database.
Commercial fishermen and wholesale/retail dealers may request their trip ticket landings by following the instructions on the LDWF Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill or calling the trip ticket section at 225-765-2399.
 For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.
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L.D.W.F. Agents Arrest Two Men for Falsifying Trip Ticket Documents

Release Date: 08/04/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) arrested two New Iberia men on Aug. 3 for allegedly falsifying trip ticket information and booked them into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail.

An Ly, 36, owner of Ly Ly Seafood, and Samith Huynh, 31, allegedly falsified trip ticket documents from January through April of this year in order to file a claim with BP America due to the Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Ly and Huynh were charged for filing false public records and injuring public records.  Huynh was also charged with theft by fraud, and Ly was charged with conspiracy to commit theft by fraud.  All charges against the men are classified as felonies.

The trip tickets were filed with LDWF on June 15 and July 7 and represented 6,347 pounds of crabs with a value of $9,548.91.

SIU agents met with Ly and Huynh on July 28 after receiving a complaint from the department's trip ticket section.  According to the arrest warrant, both men admitted they did not sell or purchase any crabs after agents told the men that Huynh did not possess a commercial fishing license from January through April of this year.  Huynh did purchase his commercial fishing license at the department in May.

Ly stated that he signed and mailed the trip tickets to LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge after Huynh filled them out.  Huynh stated that he received checks from BP America for $5,000 in May and $5,000 in June according to the arrest warrant.

If convicted, both could face fines up to $5,000 and up to five years in jail with or without hard labor for each charge of falsifying and injuring public records.  For the conspiracy to commit theft by fraud and theft by fraud charges, both face fines up to $10,000 and up to 10 years in jail with or without hard labor.

"We want to ensure our commercial fishermen and dealers are compensated fairly by using accurate trip ticket information," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of LDWF's Enforcement Division.  "We do not want to see commercial fishermen or dealers tempted to commit felony violations by falsifying trip ticket documents."

LDWF routinely reviews every trip ticket received from the commercial fishing industry to ensure that the most accurate data are collected and properly reflect the important role the state of Louisiana plays in the production of seafood.

These reviews are critical to ensure that commercial fishermen and wholesale/retail dealers are appropriately credited with landings in the event of compensation that results from a natural disaster such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and the current BP America oil spill.

BP America is requesting commercial fishermen to provide landings information from 2007-10 to determine eligibility for financial assistance.  LDWF is providing a landings data report back to commercial fishermen, when requested, to assist with this eligibility process.

The review of trip tickets has become even more critical during this time period considering that the previous years are being used to establish eligibility for assistance.  Any trip tickets from previous years are being subjected to another layer of review by LDWF staff to confirm their validity.

"The information provided on a trip ticket is the best way for the department to establish the value of Louisiana fisheries and the importance of those fisheries to the nation.  Trip ticket data also plays a key role in the managing of fisheries in Louisiana to ensure sustainability," said Michelle Kasprzak, LDWF Trip Ticket Program administrator.  "We ask that trip tickets be completed accurately and submitted on time as required.  Inaccurate or embellished trip tickets will be investigated by the department's Law Enforcement Division."

Trip tickets are filled out at the first point of sale between a commercial fisherman and wholesale/retail dealer or fresh product license holder and are due on the 10th of every month.  Trip tickets are then entered into LDWFs Trip Ticket Program's database.

Commercial fishermen and wholesale/retail dealers may request their trip ticket landings by following the instructions on the LDWF Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill or calling the trip ticket section at 225-765-2399.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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L.D.W.F. Announces Reopening of Commercial Fishing Areas

Release Date: 07/29/2010

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) - in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - has ordered an emergency reopening of commercial fishing areas that were previously closed due to the BP oil spill. Specifically, commercial fishing will reopen for finfish and shrimp in portions of state waters east of the Mississippi River in Orleans, St. Tammany, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes effective immediately today, July 29.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham ordered these reopenings following the completion of comprehensive testing by the FDA.  The FDA has advised that following extensive sensory testing and analytical chemistry results, the fish samples tested from previously closed areas are safe for consumption.

Details on Commercial Fishing Reopening

The opening includes all state waters inside east of the Mississippi River north of the northern shore of Pass a Loutre and all state outside waters north of 29 degrees 12 minutes 40 seconds north latitude

The areas detailed below will remain closed to commercial fishing until further notice due to continued presence of oil:

·         the portion of state inside and outside waters north of 29 degrees 59 minutes 30 seconds north latitude and south of the Mississippi/Louisiana state line from the Louisiana territorial sea boundary westward to 89 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and

·         the portion of state inside and outside waters north of 29 degrees 36 minutes 30 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 59 minutes 30 seconds north latitude from the Louisiana territorial sea boundary westward to a line extending 1 mile west from the western shore of the Chandeleur Islands, and

·         the portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 45 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 59 minutes 30 seconds north latitude from 89 degrees 09 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 89 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and

·         the portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 47 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 51 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 89 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 89 degrees 22 minutes 00 seconds west longitude

These openings do not include the commercial harvest of crabs and oysters.  The FDA testing method for crabs takes significantly longer to process; as such LDWF Secretary Barham chose a phased approach for opening commercial fishing.  It is also important to note that the spring inshore shrimp season remains closed except in Lake Pontchartrain, portions of Pass Manchac, Rigoletes and Chef Menteur Passes, portions of Mississippi Sound and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the "double-rig" line.

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 contact Marianne Burke at mburke@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2917

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L.D.W.F. Opens Mississippi River Delta to Recreational Fishing

Release Date: 07/29/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the opening of recreational fishing in a portion of the Mississippi River Delta in Plaquemines Parish effective, today, July 29 at 6:00 p.m.

Description of area open is as follows:

The portion of state inside and outside waters south of the northern shore of Pass a Loutre westward to the western shoreline of Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River shall open to recreational fishing.
The spring inshore shrimp season in these waters ended in early July. These waters will remain closed to shrimping.

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 Marianne Burke, 225-765-2917 or mburke@wlf.la.gov

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