Fishing

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Legislative Committee to Meet

Release Date: 02/11/2016

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Legislative Committee Meeting

Jakov Jurisic, Chairman

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 10 a.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans

AGENDA

I.             Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.            Severance Tax

III.           Vessel Permit Fees

IV.           Usage of Dedicated Funds in the Oyster Development Account

V.            Adjourn

 

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8992421091469846285

 

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.

Shrimp Task Force to Meet February 17, 1:00PM

Release Date: 02/10/2016

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

Clint Guidry, Chairman

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.             Approval of February 3, 2016 meeting minutes and February 17, 2016 agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget report- LDWF

IV.            Old Business

A.     Fishing Enforcement and Penalties Legislation

B.     Proposed Legislation for Seafood Eligibility Requirements for the LA Wild Seafood Certification Program

V.              New Business

A.     Allocation of Task Force Sponsorship/ Grant Monies

B.     Shrimp Task Force Sub-Committee Assignments and Membership

VI.            Public Comment

VII.          Set Quarterly Meetings

VIII.        Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7551528695452388609

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.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup.

 

 

     

Oyster Task Force to Meet February 16th at 1:00PM

Release Date: 02/10/2016

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 1:00PM

2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

 

I.       Roll call and introduction of guests

II.    Approval of February 2, 2016 Meeting Minutes and February 16, 2016 agenda

III. Treasury Report

A.      Oyster Tag Sales

B.      LOTF Financial Report

IV.  Committee Reports

A.      Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)

i.               2016 Proposed Legislative Items

·      Gear Restrictions (Dredges)

·      Seed Grounds Vessel Permits

·      Expansion of the Oyster Seed Grounds Development Account

B.      Enforcement (Captain Chad Hebert)

C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.     Research (Patrick Banks)

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.      Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Lance Broussard)

H.     Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

J.      Aquaculture

K.   Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee (John Tesvich)

      i. 2016 Proposed Legislative Items

VI.   New Business

A.     Report on OTF- Proposed Leased Area within Public Oyster Seed Grounds 

B.     Gulf South Atlantic Shell Fish Conference Sponsorship          

VII.     Public Comment

VIII.  Set Next Meeting

IX.        Adjourn

 

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7210068762375422978

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.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup.

Louisiana DHH has reopened Oyster Harvest Areas 2, 3 and 4

Release Date: 02/10/2016

News Release

For Immediate Release  

February 10, 2016
Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information  LDWF
504-286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

Louisiana DHH has reopened Oyster Harvest Areas 2, 3 and 4

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has reopened oyster harvest areas 2, 3 and 4 on the east side of the Mississippi River on February 7, 2016.

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issued a molluscan shellfish closure order on December 11, 2015 for harvest areas 1 – 7 due to the presence of Karenia brevis (Red Tide).  Harvest area 5 was reopened on January 20th and  areas 6 & 7 were reopened on January 13th.  Harvest area 1 remains closed until further notice.

To view a map of the Louisiana oyster harvest area grids, click here.

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.la.gov or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Commission passes resolution to clarify that the three to nine nautical mile boundary extension will not impact gear used by commercial reef fish fishermen

Release Date: 02/04/2016

For Immediate Release:

Date: February 4, 2016

Contact:RLeBreton@wlf.la.gov

 

Today, the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a resolution to clarify the effects of the extension of the state water boundary from three to nine nautical miles for reef fish management purposes, as established by the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act. 

The resolution clearly states that fishing gear used by the reef fish fishermen in the commercial and recreational sectors will not change within these new boundary waters. The fishermen of Louisiana will have the benefit of Louisiana’s reef fish management to 9 nautical miles, but there will be no change to the method of take or gear restrictions.

“Our agency is committed to extending reef fish access to our private anglers through nine miles, but we want our commercial fishermen to know that stricter state gear rules will not apply to their fishery inside of this boundary,” said LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon.

Recently signed into law, the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act includes a provision to temporarily extend Louisiana state waters to nine nautical miles for reef fish management purposes. Because federal commercial fishery regulations are not as strict as state laws, the commercial fishing sector quickly grew concerned with this temporary change. “The resolution signed today should provide confidence to our commercial reef fish fishermen that LDWF has no intention to modify normal operations of the commercial reef fish sector,” said Randy Pausina, Assistant Secretary of Fisheries.

LDWF reminds charter fishermen with federal reef fish permits that they are only allowed to fish these new boundary waters when the federal recreational reef fish season is open. Federal reef fish permit regulations restrict the permit holder to the most restrictive season. Please also note that red drum are not considered reef fish; therefore, there is no change to regulations impacting this species.

Fishing License Requirements

All persons (commercial or recreational) fishing for reef fish in the three to nine nautical mile boundary should have the appropriate Louisiana state fishing licenses. Though commercial gear regulations have not changed and remain consistent with federal regulations, these waters are still considered Louisiana state waters for all reef fish management purposes.

 

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.la.gov or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LWF Commission Modifies Rules for Commercial and Recreational Amberjack Harvest

Release Date: 02/04/2016

(Feb. 4, 2016) - Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action on a Notice of Intent to modify the commercial and recreational limits for greater amberjack harvest.
 
The commercial trip limit will decrease from 2,000 pounds whole weight to 1,500 pounds whole weight. The recreational size limit will increase from 30 to 34 inches fork length.
 
Earlier in 2015, the National Marine Fisheries Service promulgated rules establishing this commercial trip limit reduction and recreational size limit increase.  Today’s action will provide consistency with federal regulations.
 
To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.
 
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Jason Adriance, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email to jadriance@wlf.la.gov prior to April 7, 2016.

LDWF Seeks Aquatic Volunteer Instructors

Release Date: 02/04/2016

(Feb. 4, 2016) - Are you are passionate about Louisiana’s fisheries or teaching others how to fish?  Then the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has a great opportunity for you.  LDWF will offer a free Aquatic Volunteer Instructor workshop in Slidell at the Towers Building on Wednesday, February 17.
 
This 8-hour instructional workshop led by staff biologists will provide instruction on various fisheries topics including fishing techniques, fisheries management, knot tying, fish tagging, proper fish identification and more.
 
The hands-on workshop will not only teach potential volunteers how to coordinate their own aquatic education program, but will also provide certified volunteers access to loaner kits.  Rods, reels and basic tackle are just some of the items available for instructor use at events. Educational pamphlets and brochures are also offered to volunteers upon certification.
 
These workshops are also great for teachers and educators. The Department has developed lesson plans to correspond with Louisiana’s education standards. Educator resources are also provided through the loaner kit system. Two summer workshops are offered specifically for teachers, focusing on the lesson plan curriculum.
 
To sign up for the Slidell Aquatic VIP Workshop or to check out the other workshops offered throughout the state, please visit www.fishla.org/ldwf-volunteer-programs. Contact Alayna McGarry with any questions at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov or at (504) 286-4050.

Are You LDWF’s Next License to Win! Sweepstakes Winner?

Release Date: 02/03/2016

(Feb. 3, 2016) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is giving you the chance to win one of many outdoor prizes including ice chests, fishing rods, gift cards and more.  If these sound like prizes you’d be interested in winning, purchasing a recreational saltwater fishing license is the place to start. 
 
As part of it’s first annual License to Win! promotion, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, awards five monthly prize winners among those who purchase a 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing license.
 
Winners drawn on January 1 include Arnold Bochner, Mark Baudean, George Hagmann, Barbara Meaux and Justin Farge.
 
Donated prizes include a YETI Tundra 45 ice chest, Shimano Curado G-Loomis Combo or gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Texaco and Whole Foods Market.
 
The department will continue to select five winners each month, and one lucky angler will take home the grand prize, a 22 foot bay boat, trailer and motor donated by Venice Marina, Mercury Outboards and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot.
 
The License to Win! sweepstakes encourages anglers to provide accurate contact information to participate in a survey (LA Creel) that helps LDWF manage their fishery. LA Creel is the data-gathering survey that allows LDWF biologists to manage our fisheries at localized levels across the state. The success of LA Creel will not only allow the Department to better manage fisheries, but will ultimately maximize the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers. 
 
Visit your nearest license vendor or go online (www.wildlifelicense.com) to purchase your recreational saltwater license to be eligible for next month’s drawing.
 
Rules, photos and additional information can be found at http://www.fishla.org/license-win-sweepstakes/
 
 

LDWF Announces 2016 Derelict Crab Trap Cleanup; Volunteers Needed

Release Date: 02/01/2016

(Feb. 1, 2016) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will again host its annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo will two volunteer cleanup events during the month of February. 
 
The Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program was initiated by LDWF in 2004 to address the removal of derelict and abandoned crab traps.  The traps increase ghost-fishing mortality of blue crabs and other species captured incidentally, interfere with other commercial fishing gear types, create navigation hazards and degrade the beauty of our natural environment.
 
The volunteer-based program is funded through commercial fishermen gear fees, and since its inception has disposed of more than 24,000 derelict crab traps. Last year, LDWF and Louisiana Sea Grant staff, CCA, and volunteers from the recreational fishing community assisted in retrieving more than 400 abandoned traps.  This year, LDWF is teaming up with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program to conduct two cleanup events as part of the NOAA Marine Debris Removal Program.
 

Area Closures
 
In order to conduct the trap cleanups, licensed crab fishermen and seafood dealers received a notice informing them crab traps must be removed from within the closure areas during the closure period, and all remaining crab traps will be considered abandoned and may be removed by agency personnel or volunteers.
 
Crab traps may be removed only between one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Anyone may remove these abandoned traps from within the closed areas.  Abandoned traps must be brought to LDWF designated disposal sites and may not be taken from the closed area.
 
These proposed trap removal regulations do not provide authorization for access to private property. Authorization to access private property can only be provided by individual landowners.
 
Maps of the closure areas can be found here, and the use of traps will be prohibited in the following areas:
·      Lake Pontchartrain: The use of crab traps will be prohibited beginning Friday, February 12 at 6 a.m. through Sunday, February 21 at 6 a.m.
·      Barataria Basin: The use of crab traps will be prohibited beginning Friday, February 19 at 6 a.m. through Sunday, February 28 at 6 a.m.
·      Sabine Lake: The use of crab traps will be prohibited in the following area beginning Friday, February 19 at 6 a.m. through Sunday, February 28 at 6 a.m.

Volunteers
 
LDWF encourages volunteers to participate in this opportunity to remove abandon crab traps and conserve Louisiana’s marine resources. Volunteers are needed to assist with dockside activities including unloading and stacking traps. The greatest need is for volunteer boat owners to help maximize trap collection.
 
·      Lake Pontchartrain: A dedicated volunteer day will be held on Saturday, February 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pelican Pointe Marina. This event is held in coordination with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, and lunch and door prizes will be provided. In order to better coordinate volunteer activities, volunteers are encouraged to register in advance at the following website: http://lpbf.wufoo.com/forms/derelict-crab-trap-registration/
 
·      Barataria Basin: A dedicated volunteer day will be held on Saturday, February 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Jean Lafitte Harbor. This event is held in coordination with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Foundation Program, and lunch and door prizes will be provided. In order to better coordinate volunteer activities, volunteers are encouraged to register in advance at the following website: https://surveymonkey.com/r/F9C2L2G

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet 2-2-16

Release Date: 01/28/2016

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. The meeting will convene at 9:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.  

Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

1.     Roll Call of Board Members

2.     Approval of Minutes from November 10, 2015 Meeting

3.     Hearing of Deferred Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Myron Prosperie

4.     Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Brock Buras

5.     Update on Recommendations Made at November 10, 2015 Meeting

6.     Receive Public Comments

7.     Set next meeting date

8.     Adjournment

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.

 

For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov.  

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