Fishing

Crab Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 02/06/2012

 

Feb. 6, 2011 - The Louisiana Crab Task Force will meet on Thursday, February 09, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) building in Baton Rouge. 

Agenda items will include: Update on Louisiana Wild-Caught Seafood Certification Program; Soft-Shell Crab Shedder Reporting; Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for Crab Fishermen; H-2B Visas and Immigrant Labor issues; Derelict Crab Trap Removal Rodeos; MSC Certification and Chain of Custody Certifications; Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board efforts; and Election of Crab Task Force officers.

The Crab Task Force is an industry advisory group comprised of fishermen, soft crab shedders, and crab dealers and processors, as well as state and university representatives.  The task force, established by Act No. 57 of the 2001 regular legislative session, advises LDWF and the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on matters pertaining to the management and development of the Louisiana crab industry. 

 For more information, contact Carl Britt at 985-882-0027, or cbritt@wlf.la.gov

 

Fall Shrimp Season to Close in Zone 1

Release Date: 01/30/2012

La. inshore and offshore waters closed to shrimping effective 2/2/12 at official sunset.

 

Jan. 30, 2012  –Today, Secretary Robert Barham of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the fall shrimp season will close in the remaining portion of Shrimp Management Zone 1, excluding the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds, at official sunset on February 2, 2012. 

The Department took action in December to extend the fall shrimp season in these waters, but current sampling conducted by LDWF fisheries biologists indicates that average white shrimp size in these waters is smaller than 100 count per pound.  This action protects these small, white shrimp and provides increased opportunity for growth to larger, more valuable sizes.  It also protects juvenile brown shrimp which begin to recruit into these waters in early spring. 

Effective with this closure, shrimping will only be allowed in:

  • The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line in R.S.56:495.1.(A)2, and
  • State outside waters seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line east of the U.S. Coast Guard navigational light off the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at 29 degrees 03 minutes 10 seconds north latitude and 90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude, and
  • State outside waters seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line west of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude

A map of those waters which will remain open to shrimping is available on the LDWF website.  Click here.

The shrimping industry is the most valuable commercial fishery in Louisiana, averaging over 8,700 licensed recreational and commercial shrimpers annually over the past five years. 

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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

LDWF Announces Closure of Oyster Season on All Public Oyster Areas East of the Mississippi River

Release Date: 01/30/2012

 

Jan. 30, 2012 –Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham signed an order to close the oyster season on all public oyster areas east of the Mississippi River.  These closures are to take effect at one-half hour after sunset on Thursday, February 2, 2012.

The areas are being closed to protect the resource, based on current harvest pressure and estimated low oyster stock size. 

All other details, rules and regulations of the 2011/2012 oyster season as established by previous actions of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and the LDWF Secretary remain in effect until further notice.

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.govor (225) 610-2363.

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Jan. 19 Meeting

Release Date: 01/17/2012

 

January 17, 2012 - The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will meet on January 19, 2012,  8 a.m. at Borgne Restaurant located at 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, La, 70113.   The meeting agenda will focus on discussing the New Orleans Hornets Partnership.

For more information please contact Ashley Roth at Ashley@louisianaseafood.com or 504.286.8735.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Considers Establishing Vessel Monitoring for the Harvesting of Oysters on Public Seed Grounds

Release Date: 01/05/2012

January 5, 2012 – Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action designed to improve harvesting and monitoring efforts on the state’s public oyster seed grounds.  The proposed action would require Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) onboard all oyster seed ground vessels.

The use of VMS technology will allow LDWF to have real-time access to resource management data and allow LDWF biologists to more effectively serve the oyster industry by monitoring and replacing cultch material where fishing pressures are greatest. 

“The use of this technology in the oyster industry is the first of its kind in the Gulf of Mexico,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “Our department continually strives to find innovative ways to manage our state’s seafood treasures while also serving the needs of the seafood community.”

Annually, there are over 700 vessel permits issued, giving access to the state’s public oyster beds, totaling 1.6 million acres. The VMS technology will help the department more accurately determine the actual number of vessels that fish the public seeds grounds as well as the amount of material these vessels take from the public. 

The VMS technology will also provide an added safety factor by allowing vessel operators to dispatch help with exact GPS coordinates, as well as for vessel owners to better manage their fleet. The systems will also be available for oyster harvesters to use while fishing private leases.

The Louisiana oyster industry provides more than one-third of the oysters consumed in the United States.

LDWF proposed to institute the VMS program on a year-to-year basis.

The VMS units, service and installation will be provided at no cost to the vessel operator, participants will only be required to provide minimal maintenance for the units.

All information collected by LDWF will be considered privileged and confidential and will not be made public. 

Public comments on the Notice of Intent will be accepted prior to April 4, 2012.  Comments should be submitted to Jason Froeba at jfroeba@wlf.la.govor (225) 765-0121. 

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, and on Facebook at www.facebook.comldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Jason Froeba at (225)765-0121 or jfroeba@wlf.louisiana.gov.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

LWF Commission Closes State Waters to Recreational Harvest of Gag Grouper

Release Date: 01/05/2012

January 5, 2012 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action today to extend the closure for the recreational harvest of gag grouper in state waters until June 2, 2012. 

Today’s action ensures that regulations in Louisiana waters are consistent with those of federally managed waters. 

This closure also prohibits anyone on board a vessel for which a federal commercial or charter/headboat permit for the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish fishery has been issued from harvesting or possessing gag grouper in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504)284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

 

LWF Commission Sets Commercial King Mackerel Season

Release Date: 01/05/2012

January 5, 2012 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2012 commercial king mackerel season to begin July 1, 2012. Once the season opens, it will remain open until the quota set for the Gulf of Mexico of approximately 1 million pounds is met.

King mackerel is a significant commercial fishery in Louisiana.  From 2000 through 2011 Louisiana has landed approximately 87 percent of the allotted western Gulf of Mexico quota.  In 2011 approximately 690,000 pounds were landed in Louisiana.  A considerable portion of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana is shipped to markets in the northeastern United States.

Currently, the 2010-2011 commercial king mackerel season is closed as the established quota has been harvested.

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, contact Jason Adriance at (504)284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

 

LDWF Announces Annual Caney Creek Reservoir Public Meeting

Release Date: 12/21/2011

(Dec. 21, 2011) -The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public hearing on Caney Creek Reservoir issues, including the results of recent fish population sampling and aquatic vegetation management.  LDWF established a management plan for Caney Creek Reservoir in 2006, which provides annual public hearings to update the public on ongoing projects.

Who:  LDWF officials

What: Public meeting on Caney Creek Reservoir

When: January 23, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Jimmie Davis State Park
              Conference Center
              1209 State Park Road
              Chatham, LA 71226

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 contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225)765-5113.

 

Louisiana Inshore Waters to Close for Fall Shrimp Season

Release Date: 12/14/2011

 

Dec. 14, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced today that the fall shrimp season will close in a majority of inshore waters on Tuesday, December 20 at sunset.  The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds and other areas located within Shrimp Management Zone 1, will remain open until further notice.

This closure date coincides with the December 20 closure of a portion of state outside waters approved earlier this month by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.  These closures historically take place at this time of year when the temporary exemption from the white shrimp minimum possession size of 100 count per pound expires. 

Current sampling conducted by LDWF biologists indicates that average white shrimp size in these waters is smaller than 100 count per pound, and this action protects these small white shrimp and provides increased opportunity for growth to larger, more valuable sizes.

Effective with this closure, shrimping will only be allowed in:

  • The portion of Shrimp Management Zone 1 north of the southern shore of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) including the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) north of the Parish Road Bridge
  • The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds as described the double-rig line in R.S.56:495.1.(A)2
  • State outside waters seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line east of the U.S. Coast Guard navigational light off the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at 29 degrees 03 minutes 10 seconds north latitude and 90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude
  • State outside waters seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line west of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude

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 Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

 

LDWF Announces Closure of Seed-Oyster Harvest in Public Areas East of the Mississippi River

Release Date: 11/10/2011

Seed-Oyster Harvest Closure  11.14.11

November 10, 2011 –Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham signed an order to close seed-oyster harvest in selected public oyster areas east of the Mississippi River effective Monday, November 14, at one-half hour past sunset. 

The harvest of legal-size oysters (≥ 3 inches) for market sales is allowed to continue in these areas until further notice. 

The following areas are affected by the seed-oyster harvest closure:

1.      The public oyster seed grounds north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet; and

2.      The public oyster seed grounds and reservations south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet and west of a line that generally runs from California Point northeast to Point Gardner.

These areas were determined by LDWF biologist to hold only small amounts of seed oyster stock and a significant portion of the available stock has been harvested thus far during the 2011/2012 oyster season.  Additionally, sampling of seed-oyster loads on commercial vessels has determined that excessive amounts of non-living cultch material (reef shell, etc.) is being removed during seed harvest.  This activity threatens the long-term sustainability of the reefs by removing critical settlement substrate upon which oyster larvae settle and grow.  Based on current harvest pressure and the estimated low oyster stock size, these areas should be closed to protect from further impacts. 

All other details, rules and regulations of the 2011/2012 oyster season remain in effect until further notice.

For the latest on the 2011/2012 oyster season visit:   http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oyster-seasons

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 Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

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