Fishing

LDWF Works with Local Parish to Remove Abandoned Crab Traps

Release Date: 02/08/2011

Closure Map

Feb 8, 2011 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has authorized an emergency crab trap closure over an eight day period, from 6 a.m. February 26, 2011 through 6 a.m. March 5, 2011, in a portion of Plaquemines Parish west of the Mississippi River.

All crab traps must be removed from the designated area during the closure period. Any remaining crab traps within the closure area will be considered abandoned and subject to removal.

Removing derelict crab traps from fishing grounds reduces navigational risks and threats to public safety, while potentially increasing the number of crabs available for harvest, by preventing crab mortalities in abandoned, out-of-use traps.

Since 2004, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, together with local volunteers, has successfully removed and disposed of more than 18,000 abandoned and derelict crab traps.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Martin Bourgeois with LDWF at (225) 765-2401 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or visit the Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program website at www.derelictcrabtrap.net.

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.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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

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Public Hearing on Lake Caney, Jan. 31

Release Date: 01/27/2011

LDWF officials will discuss vegetation issues, sampling results

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold a public hearing on Caney Lake issues, including an overview of vegetation issues and current sampling results. LDWF established a management plan for Caney Lake in 2006, which provides annual public hearings to update the public on ongoing projects. Current issues include stocking of Florida bass, control of aquatic vegetation and fish population sampling.

Who: LDWF Officials

What: Public Hearing on Caney Lake

When: January 31, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Jimmie Davis State Park
  Group Camp building
  1209 State Park Road
  Chatham, LA 71226

For more information, contact Evan Thames (318)339-4282 or Jesse Bahm at(318)343-4045.

Fall Inshore Shrimp Season to Close in Parts of Zone 1, Jan. 29 At Sunset

Release Date: 01/26/2011

The fall inshore shrimp season will close in parts of Shrimp Management Zone 1 at sunset on January 29, 2011. This closure accompanies a previous closure made by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in portions of Zone 1 on December 21, 2010. Not included in the new closure are Breton and Chandeleur sounds as described by the double-rig line (LA R.S.56:495.1.(A)2); those waters will remain open until 6:00 a.m., March 31.

All inshore shrimp harvesting was scheduled to close on December 21, but some waters were kept open due to a large quantity of marketable size shrimp. However, the remaining white shrimp populations in these waters are now averaging smaller than the minimum possession limit of 100 count per pound. Closing the season allows shrimp an opportunity to grow to larger and more valuable sizes.

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.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information please contact Olivia Watkins at (225)765-2396 or at owatkins@wlf.la.gov

White Lake Fishing Lottery Applications Available

Release Date: 01/24/2011

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for a lottery drawing for fishing permit access to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) between March 15 and Aug. 15, 2011.

A total of 100 permits will be issued following the lottery drawing and winning applicants will be notified of their opportunity to purchase a permit for $40. White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish.

The area open for fishing will be limited to the Florence Canal and Oil Field Location canals off of the Florence Canal. There will be no fishing in any of the WCA’s marsh areas or in the main camp canal or other areas that are marked "NO FISHING." Successful applicants will be provided a map of the fishing area. Boats used by permitees will be limited to the use of motors with 40 horsepower or less. Additional rules and regulations are outlined in an attachment to the application.

Each completed application must include a non-refundable administrative fee of $5 in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Individuals will be allowed to submit only one application. Submission of more than one application by any one individual will result in disqualification of the applicant. Completed applications must be received by LDWF by close of business, 4:30 p.m. CST, on Feb. 17, 2011.

Applications may be mailed to LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Fishing, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898. They can also be delivered to room 458 at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. Persons interested in obtaining an application may call the department at 225-765-2806 or download a copy from the department’s Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov.

For more information, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-479-1894 or sweeneykw@bellsouth.net.

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Next Tuesday

Release Date: 01/20/2011

The Louisiana Oyster Task Force will meet next Tuesday January 25 at 1 p.m. at the UNO Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in suite 210 in New Orleans, LA.
The agenda is as follows:

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Nov 30, 2010 MINUTES
  3. Treasury Report
    1. Oyster Tag Sales
    2. LOTF Financial Report 
  4. Committee Reports
    1. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)
    2. Enforcement - (Keith Lacaze)
    3. Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)
    4. Research – (John Supan)
    5. Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)
    6. Marketing - (Dana Brocato)
    7. Health – (Glenn Cambre)
  5. Old Business
    1. Public Oyster Reef Evaluation – Patrick Banks
    2. BP Oil Spill Remediation
      1. Claims Process
      2. Public Reef Remediation
      3. Oyster Lease Remediation
    3. ISSC 2011 Board / VMC Meeting Report
    4. Oyster Lease Moratorium Update – Jerome Zeringue
  6. New Business
    1. Washington Walk on the Hill 
  7. Election of Officers
  8. Set Next Meeting
  9. Adjourn

This meeting is open to the public.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet Next Tuesday

Release Date: 01/20/2011

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet Tuesday, January 25, 2011. The meeting will convene at 10:30 a.m. in Suite 200 of the University of New Orleans Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans. The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting is as follows:

  1. Approval of Minutes From August 27, 2010 Meeting
  2. Hearing of New Appeals
    1. Henry Martin
  3. Set next meeting date
  4. Adjourn

This board was established for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to hear and consider appeals of vessel permit denials. For more information, please contact Laura Deslatte at 225-610-2363 or ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov.

Three Louisiana Men Found In Possession of 146 Speckled Trout

Release Date: 01/13/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents assigned to the Statewide Strike Force charged three men for allegedly taking 146 speckled trout on Jan. 12, in Golden Meadow in two separate cases.

Strike Force agents cited Lebron Shelby, 46, and Linkton Arnold Jr., 72, both of Raceland, and Michael Musco, 38, of Golden Meadow for taking over the legal daily limit of speckled sea trout. Louisiana law allows 25 speckled trout per day per fisherman.

Agents setup surveillance and observed Shelby and Arnold Jr. catching several trout from their boat and then transferring the fish to their truck. The subjects would then continue fishing. After observing the subjects complete their fishing trip, the agents approached Shelby and Arnold Jr. to conduct a license and creel compliance check. The two men were found to have taken 109 speckled trout ranging from 12 to 17 inches in length.

In a separate case in the same area, agents observed Musco taking 35 speckled trout.

For taking over the daily limit of spotted trout, Shelby and Arnold Jr. faces fines between $400 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus a $25 per fish restitution charge for every fish over the limit. Musco faces a fine between $100 and $300, or up to 60 days in jail, or both plus a $25 per fish restitution charge for every fish over the limit.

Agents involved in the cases were Sgt. Todd Laviolette, Sgt. Ezekiel Talbert, Senior agent Michael Williams and Agent Ronnie Engelhard.

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

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Discuss Industry Issues at Jan. 13 Meeting

Release Date: 01/12/2011

The Louisiana Crab Task Force will meet on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building in Baton Rouge.

The Task Force will discuss industry issues, including the status of Blue Crab MSC Certification, a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant proposal for the Derelict Crab Removal Program, and Task Force vacancies. The Task Force will also address issues faced by the blue crab industry related to BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, marketing and promotion efforts, and the election of a chairman and a vice-chairman.

The Louisiana Crab Task Force is an industry group comprised of fishermen, soft crab shedders, and dealers and processors, as well as state agency and university representatives. The Task Force advises the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on matters pertaining to the management and development of the Louisiana blue crab industry. 

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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

SIX MEN FOUND IN POSSESSION OF 94 RED DRUM

Release Date: 01/10/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents assigned to the Statewide Strike Force charged six men with possessing 94 red drum on Dec. 27, 2010 in Fourchon.

Strike Force agents cited Eric R. Wood, 23, of Ethel; John M. Calhoun III, 22, of Zachary; Anthony M. Guidry, 32, of Larose; Tad M. Gaspard, 40, of Lockport; John M. Calhoun Jr., 46, of Greenwell Springs; and Ted Joseph Gaspard, 50, of Lockport; for possessing more than 10 red drum each.

Agents received a complaint from a confidential informant in reference to several subjects angling from the bank near Flotation Canal located in Fourchon.

Agents arrived on scene to setup surveillance and observed the subjects catching several red drum and placing the fish in a boat that was in the bed of a truck. After observing the subjects for more than an hour, agents approached the subjects to conduct a license and creel compliance check.

The six men were found to be in possession of 94 red drum ranging from 16 inches to 25 inches in length. Louisiana law allows five red drum per day per fisherman and 10 fish for the possession limit per fisherman.

Wood was issued an additional citation for angling without a resident saltwater license. Calhoun III was issued additional citations for angling without resident basic and saltwater licenses.

The six men were also issued civil restitution citations for the value of the red drum.

If convicted of the over limit of red drum, the men face fines between $400 and $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court cost.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Michael Williams, along with the assistance of Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol Sgt. Jeff Prevost and Deputy Kent Matherne.

Agents seized and donated the 94 red drum to the Larose/Cutoff Youth Center.

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

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Closes State Waters to Harvest of Gag Grouper

Release Date: 01/06/2011

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced the recreational harvest of gag grouper in state waters will be prohibited effective immediately.  The latest stock assessment for the species indicates that gag grouper in the Gulf of Mexico are overfished.  

Federal fisheries managers recently announced a temporary rule that closes Gulf federal waters to recreational fishing for gag grouper.  The closure will remain in place while they develop long-term measures to improve gag grouper populations.  

The commission's actions allow regulations in state waters to complement regulations of the National Marine Fisheries Service for federally managed waters.  NMFS and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council typically request consistent regulations for Louisiana waters to enhance effectiveness and enforceability of regulations.

For more information, please contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-5113 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.  
 

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