Fishing

Lake Bistineau July 7, 2010 Update

 

The department has requested DOTD’s assistance to close the Lake Bistineau water control gates on Wednesday, July 14, 2010.  Fisheries staff are beginning to observe giant salvinia accumulating in some areas of the lake and agreed that it’s time to initiate some water fluctuation and attempt to strand plants.  Of course, present water levels need to rise in order to initiate this method.  Opening the gates in the future will depend on rain events and plant accumulations. 

It will not necessarily be our goal to allow the lake level to rise to pool stage in order to initiate water fluctuation.  We plant to alert the public a week in advance of either opening or closing the gates. 

While the lake has been down, fisheries staff have been evaluating salvinia re-emergence and assessing the lake bed.  Aspects of the plan remain incomplete pending the completion of this work.  Central to our efforts include a lake bed contour map and identifying areas for “dirt work” and tree removal.  Some of this work is best completed while the lake is down.  Allowing the lake to rise at this point is not expected to complicate these efforts.

Spray crews have treated some salvinia accumulations with herbicide spray applications.  As the lake level rises, our crews will have easier access to shallow areas and our efforts will increase.   

In addition, some areas have been designated to evaluate SONAR treatments.  These treatments, similar to Galleon treatments, require that water volume remain constant for several weeks to obtain desirable results.  Applications are expected in July.

Our website is presently being overhauled and our communication diminished in the last few weeks.  Our new site will be up soon.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Mark McElroy
Fisheries Biologist

LDWF Announces Fishing Opening in a Portion of Plaquemines Parish East of the Mississippi River to Fishing

Release Date: 07/07/2010

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following opening to recreational and commercial fishing in a portion of Plaquemines Parish effective 6 a.m., tomorrow July 8, 2010.

The portion of state inside waters east of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish south of 29 degrees 38 minutes 12 seconds north latitude near Mozambique Pt. and north of the eastern shore of the Mississippi River from the Twin Pipeline Canals at 89 degrees 42 minutes 32 seconds west longitude eastward to the double-rig line and 89 degrees 28 minutes 06 seconds west longitude near Sable Island.

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 onwww.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter as @GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts athttp://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

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

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Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery

Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery
Hand Painted Mural
Ponds at Booker Fowler
Raceways and Hatchery Building
Visitors Center

About the Hatchery:

Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery, located in central Louisiana, is the department's primary fish production facility. This facility primarily produces freshwater sportfish fingerlings to assist fisheries managers with achieving statewide management objectives. Since its first year of fish production in the spring of 1997, Booker Fowler has released over 41 million fish into public water bodies throughout Louisiana.

Interested in visiting us?

The Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery is home to a Visitors Center boasting over 10,000 gallons of aquaria. Native Louisiana fish, reptiles, amphibians, and crustaceans can all be found on display. If the animals aren’t enough of a draw, there are extensive wall murals hand-painted by local artists, Gene Dupuis and Paul Wallace, depicting natural Louisiana habitats.

The Visitors Center is free to the public and open, Monday through Friday from 9AM to 3PM year round. The best time to visit is mid-March through mid-May. That time of year is when the largemouth bass are spawning and you can view the various stages of egg development.

 

Contact Information:

10 Joan Stokes Rd.
Forest Hill, LA 71430
Phone: (318) 748-6914
Fax: (318) 748-6930

 

 

 

Seismic Exploration Activity Program

Public Notices

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries requires the following information in order process applications to permit seismic exploration activity in the state of Louisiana. LDWF regulations pertaining to seismic exploration are contained in LAC 76:I.301 of the Louisiana Administrative Code (LAC).

Historical Note: The Seismic program was created in 1939 specifically to protect oysters, fish, shrimp, and other wildlife from injury due to seismic exploration. The section continues to monitor these activities and develop new ways to reduce impact.

Required Submissions:

1. The company must first request for a permit in writing from the LDWF Seismic Section.

2. The seismic company must provide proof of liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000.

3. The seismic company must furnish the Department with a surety bond of $75,000 from a bonding company licensed to do business in the state of Louisiana.

4. The seismic company must also sign a "Conditions of Letter of Permission to Conduct Seismic Activity in the State of Louisiana" form which will be provided to the company by the Department.

If the Department grants a permit, there are other steps that must be taken before seismic activity can begin. The seismic company must request a Natural Heritage review from the Department as indicated in LAC 76:I.301.B.4, and complete a Notification of Beginning of Seismic Exploration form. The seismic company is also required to hold a public meeting prior to beginning work. Notice of this public meeting must be advertised in the parish paper of record for at least 30 days.

Additional forms required by the Department for Seismic Exploration Activity.

Continuing Seismic Exploration Insurance Bond
Natural Heritage Approval/Notification
Notification of Beginning of Seismic Exploration
Payment Information Form
Daily Report Form

Contact:

Joe Maryman (jmaryman@wlf.la.gov)
Phone: 225-765-2380
 

Artificial Reef Program

Program

Oil & Gas PlatformsThe Louisiana Artificial Reef Program was established in 1986 to take advantage of obsolete oil and gas platforms which were recognized as providing habitat important to many of Louisiana's coastal fishes. Federal law and international treaty require these platforms to be removed one year after production ceases. The removal of these platforms results in a loss of reef habitat.

Rigs-to-Reef toppled structureSince the program's inception in 1986, 71 oil and gas related companies have participated in the program and donated primarily the jackets of oil and gas structures. In addition to the material, companies also donate one half their realized savings over a traditional onshore removal into Louisiana's Artificial Reef Trust Fund. In 1999, the Louisiana Program created the world's largest artificial reef from the Freeport sulfur mine off Grand Isle Louisiana. The sulfur mine, with over 1.5 miles of bridgework, is composed of more than 29 structures. The reef is in 42-50 feet of water and has 27 feet of clearance. For safety of navigation it is marked by 5 lighted buoys. Forty (40) Armored Personnel Carriers (APC's) and one offshore tug are also deployed within two offshore artificial reefs.                                

Limestone DeploymentThe reef program has also developed 30 inshore reefs in Louisiana's state waters, primarily low profile reefs composed of shell or limestone. Eight inshore artificial reefs  have been constructed using reef balls.  Recylced concrete from the decommissioning of the old I-10 Twin Span bridges and other concrete sources  have been utilized to develop new inshore reefs.  Seven inshore reefs were constructed by LDWF and twenty-three others were constructed in partnership with public conservation, private groups and other governmental entities.

 

 The Oil & Gas Industry

Rigs-to-Reef habitatLouisiana's offshore oil and gas industry began in 1947 when the first well was drilled out of sight of land south of Terrebonne parish. Over 7,000 offshore oil and gas platforms have been installed in the Gulf of Mexico which have supplied natural gas and oil to the United States. In addition to meeting the world's energy needs, these structures also form one of the world's most extensive de-facto artificial reef systems. However, Federal regulations require that these structures be removed within one year after the lease is terminated. Since 1973, 4,100 of these platforms have been decommissioned. Disposal of obsolete offshore oil and gas structures is not only a net financial liability for private industry but can be a public loss of productive marine habitat.

Rigs-to-Reef toppled structureThe Louisiana Fishing Enhancement Act was signed into law in 1986, creating the Louisiana Artificial Reef Program. This program was designed to take advantage of fishing opportunities provided by these obsolete platforms. Since the program's inception, 71 offshore reefs utilizing the jackets of 320 obsolete platforms, have been created off Louisiana's coast. Gulfwide, over 400 obsolete platforms have been converted into permanent artificial reefs.

Rigs-to-Reef habitatThe use of obsolete oil and gas platforms in Louisiana has proved to be highly successful. Their large numbers, design, longevity and stability have provided a number of advantages over the use of traditional artificial reef materials. The participating companies also save money by converting the structure into a reef rather than abandoning it onshore and are required to donate a portion of the savings to operate the state program.

Rigs-to-Reef: almaco jackOne disadvantage, however, is that their large size restricts the distance to shore where these platforms can be sited. To achieve the minimum clearance of 85 ft as required by the Coast Guard regulations, the platforms must be placed in waters in excess of 100 ft. Waters compatible with reef development are generally found between 30 and 70 miles off Louisiana's gently sloping continental shelf, making them accessible to anglers with offshore vessels.

Rigs-to-Reef toppled structureFunds generated by the program can be used to develop reefs closer to shore using alternative low profile materials.

Oil and gas development in the Gulf of Mexico region has and will continue to contribute to the Gulf's position as the nation's most productive and popular offshore marine fishing zone.

 

Artificial Reef Maps & Coordinates

 

 

 

 

Multi-beam Reef Survey Imagery & Coordinates

The surveying of the offshore reefs has been completed.  Click the links to view or download PDFs containing imagery of the reefs and coordinates for the structures.

Offshore Reefs by Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) areas:


For more information contact:

Mike McDonough
LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
PO Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
225-763-5418
Email: mmcdonough@wlf.la.gov

LDWF Modifies Recreational Closures to Allow Catch and Release Fishing for Finsish

Release Date: 07/06/2010

 

In an effort to stimulate economic activity in coastal Louisiana, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced a modification to the state waters fishing closures to allow the recreational catch and release of finfish in closed areas effective immediately, today, July 6, 2010.

Recreational catch-and-release fishing is allowed as long as no finfish are possessed in the closed area. This modification is limited to finfish only and does not apply to other species such as shrimp, crabs, and other non-finfish species.

Fishermen can continue to transit through the closed areas with fish legally harvested from open waters but may not fish in a closed area while possessing any species of fish.

"Even at this critical time, we want to offer our anglers every opportunity to continue to enjoy the sport," said Barham. "This option has been on the table for some time now and is part of our ongoing effort to be proactive as we continue to write the play book on this event."

While participating in catch and release fishing, the department urges interested anglers to sign up for the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Sport Fish Tagging Program. Through this program, volunteer anglers provide information that is difficult, often impossible, and expensive to obtain by other means. For additional information, interested anglers can contact fishtags@wlf.louisiana.gov.

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

For more information please contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or 225.721.0489

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LDWF MODIFIES FISHING CLOSURES IN PORTIONS OF PLAQUEMINES, ST. BERNARD, ORLEANS AND ST. TAMMANY PARISHES

Release Date: 07/05/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following closure to recreational and commercial fishing in portions of Plaquemines, St. Bernard, Orleans and St. Tammany parishes effective immediately today, July 5, 2010.

These precautionary fishing closures are due to new reports of oil, strong easterly winds and higher than normal tides.

St. Bernard, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish Closures

The portion of saltwater water areas of the state east of the Mississippi River north of the southern shoreline of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet and the southern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain from the double rig line westward to 89 degrees 51 minutes 35 seconds west longitude and the US Hwy 11 bridge in Lake Pontchartrain.  In addition to those waters currently closed to recreational and commercial fishing, major water bodies included in this fishing closure include the Biloxi Marsh, Lake Borgne, Lake St. Catherine, Chef Menteur, Unknown and Rigoletes Passes and a portion of Lake Pontchartrain.

St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parish Closures

The portion of state inside waters east of the Mississippi River north of 29 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of the southern shoreline of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet from the double rig line westward to 89 degrees 41 minutes 00 seconds west longitude. In addition to those waters currently closed to recreational and commercial fishing, major water bodies included in this fishing closure include Lakes Machias and Fortuna, Bay Gardene and Bay Crabe and Black and California Bays.

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 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 www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information contact Marianne Burke at mburke@wlf.la.gov or 225-315-6878.

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LDWF MODIFIES FISHING CLOSURES IN PORTIONS OF PLAQUEMINES AND ST. BERNARD PARISHES

Release Date: 07/05/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following closure to recreational and commercial fishing in portions of Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes effective immediately today, July 5, 2010.

These precautionary fishing closures are due to new reports of oil, strong easterly winds and higher than normal tides.

The portion of state inside waters east of the Mississippi River north of the eastern shore of Main Pass and south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet from the double rig line westward to the eastern shore of the Mississippi River and north along 89 degrees 42 minutes 32 seconds west longitude near the western shore of the twin pipeline canals.

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 LDHH 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 Marianne Burke, 226-315-6878 or mburke@wlf.la.gov.

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