Fishing

Delinquent Oyster Leases

The oyster leases listed below are delinquent for nonpayment of rental fees. Any rental payment made on or after the first day of February will be subject to a 10% penalty in addition to the rent owed.  All rental payments, including any associated late fees, must be paid in full by close of business on March 1, 2017.  Failure to pay in full will result in the termination and cancellation of the lease and the forfeiture of any and all improvements, works, betterments, and oysters.

 






LESSEE LEASE ACRES LOCATION STATUS
RUBY LATHROP CANTRELLE 2723014 23 A BAY EAST OF BAYOU FERBLANC AND SOUTHWEST OF BAY GARCI CANCELLED
THELMA BERNARD LEONARD & MELVIN H. WELLS 2961003 5 A SMALL POND SOUTHEAST OF BAY DU WEST CANCELLED
DAVID M. WRIGHT, CPL, INC. 3652911 76 BAY COURANT CANCELLED
PHILLIP H. SIMMONS, JR. 2798415 2 BIG PASS AND BONNIES BAY CANCELLED
PHILLIP H. SIMMONS, JR. 3168507 11 BIG PASS CANCELLED

 

RS 56:429

§429. Default in payment of rent; cancellation and forfeitures

The failure of the lessee to pay the rent punctually on or before the first of each January, or within sixty days thereafter, ipso facto and without demand or putting in default, terminates and cancels the lease and forfeits to the department all the works, improvements, betterments, and oysters on the leased water bottom. The department may at once enter on the water bottom and take possession thereof. Such water bottom shall then be open for lease in accordance with R.S. 56:425.

 

Ten days thereafter the department shall enter the termination, cancellation, and forfeiture on its books and give public notice thereof by publication in one local paper in the parish where the formerly leased water bottoms are located. On or before the first day of each February, the department shall issue a written notice of delinquency by certified mail to each lessee who has not yet paid the rent. The department shall also publish notice of such delinquency on its website and in the official journal of the parish in which the delinquent lease is located. Any lessee who pays the rent on or after the first day of February shall pay the rent due plus an additional ten percent penalty.

AMENDED Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet February 7th

Release Date: 01/31/2017

                                                                            

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., Room 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

I.            Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

II.            Approval of December 12, 2016 minutes and February 7, 2017 agenda

III.             Financial Repor

IV.           New Business

A.     Discussion of Upcoming Crab Trap Cleanups- Jeff Marx

B.     Discussion of Upcoming Crab Closures, Selling Crabs during Closed Trap Season -LDWF

C.     Discussion of MSC Sustainability Certification Assessment- Damon Morris

D.     Discussion of Task Force Financial Procedures- Cara Tyler/ Yvetter Buckner

E.     To Consider Funding for Jazz in the Park Treme Crab Festival- Emanuel Lain

F.     Discussion of Crab Marketing Opportunities- Thomas Hymel

G.     Officer Elections 

 

      VI.               Public Comment

      VII.             Set Next Meeting

      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/8978087865756311809

Oyster Season to Re-open in Portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of the Mississippi River and North of the MRGO

Release Date: 01/27/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will re-open a portion of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) within Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH) Harvest Areas 3 and 4 at one-half hour before sunrise on January 31, 2017.  Daily take and possession limit has been reduced from 50 sacks to 20 sacks of oysters per vessel.  It is expected that this reduced sack limit will reduce the threat to the oyster resources in this area compared to previous harvest levels and these areas can withstand continued, limited harvest.

LDWF reminds oyster harvesters that the Lake Borgne/Mississippi Sound area, which is generally the area of LDHH Harvest Areas 1 and 2, will remain closed until further notice due to extensive oyster mortality observed throughout the area and to protect a recent spat set.  Closure of this area is expected to increase the likelihood of spat survival and facilitate resource recovery.  The protection of remaining oyster resource is in the long-term best interest of the public oyster seed grounds in this area.

Closure dates are determined by the LDWF Secretary Montoucet on an “as needed” basis, based on biological and harvest data, or if enforcement issues are encountered.  The Secretary is also authorized by the Commission to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended, and to open public areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 

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

 

To view maps related to this action visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons

LDWF Reminds Commercial Shark Anglers of Federal and State Shark Permit Requirements

Release Date: 01/26/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind commercial shark anglers who fish on a vessel holding a federal permit to harvest Large Coastal Sharks   that only one commercial limit (45 sharks) is allowed per vessel, per trip, regardless of the number of permitted or licensed anglers on that vessel. 
 
Federal shark permit regulations specify that a vessel with a federal shark permit must abide by the federal regulations associated with a federal shark permit at all times. Federal regulations for the LCS fishery allow only one trip limit (45 per vessel) for any one trip, but multiple trips may be taken in one day.
 
State harvest regulations allow commercial shark fishermen, in state waters only, to harvest one daily limit (45 sharks) for each commercially licensed state shark permit holder on a vessel as long as that vessel does not have a federal shark permit associated with it. Only one trip per vessel per day is allowed. State permit holders may only sell their own catch and are reminded of the restriction that prohibits long line gear in state waters.
 
For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in the West Cove Portion of Calcasieu Lake

Release Date: 01/20/2017

1-20-17 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close all oyster harvest in the West Cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area in Cameron Parish at one half-hour after sunset on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The oyster population in Calcasieu Lake has been in decline for several years and continued commercial harvest may threaten the long-term sustainability of remaining oyster resources in this public oyster area. Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in this area.

The Commission authorized the Secretary of LDWF to take emergency action to close areas on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered. The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 

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.

To view maps detailing today's actions, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons

COMMERCIAL KING MACKEREL SEASON TO CLOSE JANUARY 21, 2017

Release Date: 01/19/2017

January 19, 2017 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at 12 p.m. (noon) on Saturday, January 21, 2017. 

The closure was made based on data gathered by LDWF biologists and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that the annual quota for the commercial harvest of king mackerel of 1.07 million pounds for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico has been met.  The commercial fishing season for king mackerel was previously closed in federal waters at noon on Tuesday, October 14, 2016. 

Each year, a commercial quota is established for Gulf of Mexico group king mackerel by NMFS based on recommendations by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. That figure is then allocated towards various zones and fisheries.  According to the best information available, the 1.07 million pound commercial quota of king mackerel for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico has been harvested.

The commercial king mackerel season in Louisiana waters has previously been closed on March 27, 2009 (08-09 season), September 12, 2009 (09-10 season), February 11, 2011 (10-11 season), September 16, 2011 (11-12 season), August 22, 2012 (12-13 season), September 20, 2013 (13-14 season), October 31, 2014 (14-15 season), and January 7, 2016 (15-16 season).

While there are relatively few king mackerel harvested or targeted by Louisiana recreational anglers, a substantial commercial fishery exists, which typically lands 800 to 900 thousand pounds annually at Louisiana ports.  A significant portion of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana ports is shipped to markets in the northeast United States.

 

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  

Commercial Netting Season on Poverty Point Reservoir to Begin Friday

Release Date: 01/19/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will allow licensed commercial fishermen to fish gill or trammel nets on Poverty Point Reservoir in Richland Parish for the first time, beginning Friday, January 20, 2017. The season will close on February 28, 2017. 
 
A recurring season has been established and will run from October 1 through the last day of February each year. Only nets with a minimum bar mesh size of 3.5 inches are allowed. The use of hoop nets, wire nets and fish seines will remain prohibited.
 
Department biologists recommended the creation of a netting season on Poverty Point Reservoir in an effort to reduce the abundance of commercial fish species while providing commercial anglers the opportunity to take advantage of an under-utilized natural resource. Abundant populations of catfish, buffalo, carp and freshwater drum have been identified in the 2,700-acre lake. Removing a portion of these fish will benefit the overall fishery and promote growth of sport fish species including largemouth bass and crappie.
 
Licensed commercial fishermen are required to possess either a fresh products or a wholesale/retail license and participate in the LDWF Trip Ticket Program.  A trip ticket must be filled out when the commercial fisherman transfers his catch to a wholesale/retail dealer or fresh products licensee. Interested fishermen should first call the trip ticket office at (225) 765-2449 for program instructions and a special area code for fishing the reservoir. Anglers should then contact either Poverty Point Reservoir State Park at (318) 878-7536 or the LDWF District 2 office in Monroe at (318) 343-4044 for further instructions including fishing boundaries, state park regulations and other requirements. 
 
For more information, contact Ryan Daniel, District 2 Fisheries Biologist Manager, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at (318) 343-4044 or rdaniel@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF to Open the Cheniere Reef Area in Calcasieu Lake

Release Date: 01/19/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will open the Cheniere Artificial Reef Planning Area of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area in Cameron Parish at one half-hour before sunrise on Monday, January 23, 2017. However, this action does not supersede public health closures. 

The Cheniere Artificial Reef Planning Area has been re-designated and will be incorporated into the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area.  Oyster resources located in this 87-acre area will be made available for harvest. 

The isolated nature of Calcasieu Lake and recent decline of the oyster stock in this area requires conservative management practices to ensure future oyster production.  LDWF biologists will continue to monitor oyster harvest in Calcasieu Lake and will recommend closure when harvest thresholds are reached. 

The Cheniere Artificial Reef Planning Area is defined by the following coordinates:

 

A.        29 degrees 51 minutes 09.10 seconds

            93 degrees 17 minutes 06.96 seconds

B.        29 degrees 51 minutes 09.35 seconds

            93 degrees 16 minutes 50.20 seconds

C.        29 degrees 51 minutes 05.33 seconds

            93 degrees 16 minutes 46.06 seconds

D.        29 degrees 50 minutes 50.72 seconds

            93 degrees 16 minutes 45.78 seconds

E.         29 degrees 50 minutes 50.96 seconds

            93 degrees 17 minutes 09.62 seconds

F.         29 degrees 51 minutes 05.56 seconds

           93 degrees 17 minutes 09.90 seconds

For maps of this area visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons

The provisions for the Cheniere Artificial Reef Planning Area season will follow those already in place for the 2016/2017 Calcasieu Lake oyster season.  Those provisions are as follows:

1.    Any vessel from which any person(s) takes or attempts to take oysters from the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area described above shall be limited to a daily take and possession limit not to exceed 7 sacks of oysters per vessel as provided for in R.S. 56:435.1.1.  A sack of oysters for the purposes of this declaration of emergency shall be defined as the size described in R.S. 56:440.

2.   If any person on a vessel takes or attempts to take oysters from the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area described above, all oysters contained on that vessel shall be deemed to have been taken from said public oyster area from the time harvest begins until all oysters are offloaded dockside.

3.   Prior to leaving the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area with oysters harvested from said oyster area: all oysters must be sacked, the number of sacks shall be recorded in a logbook, and each sack shall be properly tagged.

4.   All vessels located in the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area during those times between one half-hour after sunset and one half-hour before sunrise shall have all oyster dredges unshackled.

The Commission authorized the Secretary of LDWF to take emergency action to close areas on an as-needed basis based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered. The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 

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.

Turner’s Pond to be Stocked and Ready for Get Out and Fish! Event

Release Date: 01/18/2017

Winter weather means cold water, and that means the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is busy stocking ponds with rainbow trout for anglers to enjoy. Six hundred pounds of adult-sized rainbow trout, donated by Greer’s Fish Hatchery, will be stocked in Turner’s Pond in Minden, La. just in time for the next Get Out and Fish! event. LDWF and Lakeview United Methodist Church have partnered to host the community fishing event on Saturday, February 11 from 7 a.m. until noon.                         
 
The event’s main attraction is a fishing competition, with entry levels for all ages, so the entire family is encouraged to participate. Competition categories include “heaviest rainbow trout” and “heaviest other fish.” Age divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15) and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older). Additional activities will also be available including a mobile touch tank, casting inflatable, and more.

The event is free, and the first 100 pre-registered youth participants will receive a free goodie bag. Pre-registration is available online at www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1. Every participant will also be entered into a raffle for various prizes. Anglers should bring their own gear, bait and tackle, and an ice chest to keep your fish. Youths do not need a license to fish in Louisiana, but anglers 16 and older must have a valid LDWF fishing license available for purchase here
 
Youth anglers with an appetite will be treated to chili pies compliments of Lakeview United Methodist Church, with an option to purchase for adult anglers.
 
The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations.
 
Coca Cola of Minden and local radio stations KBEF 104.5 Real Country and KASO 1240 AM Classic Hits are sponsoring the event.
 
The event is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.
 
For more information on the Get out and Fish! Program, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282.

 

LDWF To Close Shrimp Season in Portions of State Inside Waters

Release Date: 01/17/2017

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the fall shrimp season will close in a portion of state inside waters effective Friday, January 20, 2017, at official sunset.

Those waters that will close to shrimping include:

  • Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Orleans parish from the GIWW East Closure Sector Gate westward to the GIWW intersection with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal

The following state waters will remain open to shrimping until further notice:

  • The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.
  • State outside waters not currently closed.

For a map detailing today’s actions click here.

Existing data do not currently support shrimping closures in additional state inside or outside waters. However, the department will continue monitoring shrimp populations in these waters and will close additional waters if necessary. 

Regulations state that the possession count on saltwater, white shrimp should average no more than 100 (whole shrimp) per pound, with the exception of October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no minimum count size.  Recent sampling conducted by the LDWF biologists indicates the average white shrimp size in the waters to be closed is smaller than the minimum possession size limit.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission provided the LDWF Secretary with authority to close the fall inshore shrimp season when biological and technical data indicate the need. This action, which characteristically takes place at this time of year, is designed to protect small, white shrimp and provide opportunity for these populations to over-winter and grow to larger, more marketable sizes.

 

For more information, contact Jeff Marx at (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov .

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