Restore the Earth Foundation donates “Marsh Master” to LDWF

Release Date: 10/31/2016


News Release


For Immediate Release
October 28, 2016


Contact: Ed Pratt

LDWF Press Secretary



AMENDED - Restore the Earth Foundation donates “Marsh Master” to LDWF

Restore the Earth Foundation, donated the “Marsh Master”, built by Baton Rouge-based Coast Machinery, LLC, on Thursday to LDWF

Oct. 28, 2016 - Restore the Earth Foundation announced its gift of a Marsh Master to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at its groundbreaking at Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area on October 27th. 


The Marsh Master, built by Coast Machinery LLC of Baton Rouge, will support the 4,000-acre restoration at Pointe-aux-Chenes and will be used by LDWF for any and all land management needs in the future.


Restore the Earth Foundation donated Marsh Master to LDWF as a gift to honor the 6-year partnership between REF and LDWF.


According to REF, the longstanding partnership has made many large scale coastal restoration projects possible in the past 6 years including projects at Pass a Loutre, Raccoon Island and Pointe-aux-Chenes


The Marsh Master, with its multiple attachments, is valued at about $150,000. It will be used by LDWF to control vegetation in the areas where the trees, up to 4,000, will eventually be planted along the state’s Mississippi River Basin.


Another Marsh Master was used to clear away vegetation for the Oct. 27 tree planting.


Shane Granier, a biologist manager with LDWF, said the Marsh Master will be used on a regular basis to clear away vegetation that may crowd out and eventually kill the newly planted trees. Additionally, he said, LDWF will be able to use the March Master for many of its projects in water-soaked areas.


“There will be a multitude of projects that we will be able to use this machine to take care of,” Grainier said. For instance, he said, “it can be used to maintain some of the swampier areas for deer hunters.”


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LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meeting

Release Date: 10/27/2016


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct an informational meeting concerning Lake Bistineau.
Who:  LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
What:  Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
When:  Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
Where:    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office
                Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
                9961 Hwy. 80
                Minden, LA 71055
The meeting will include an update on the current status of the lake, and LDWF staff will field questions concerning the management of the lake and giant salvinia.  Everyone interested in Lake Bistineau is encouraged to attend. 
Space is limited to 100 individuals, so please keep this in mind when making plans to attend.  
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at:
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at or (318) 371-3066.

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 10/27/2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Terrebonne Council Meeting Room
8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360
I.       Roll call and introduction of guests
II.      Approval of July 13, 2016 meeting minutes and November 2, 2016 agenda
III.     Treasury Report
                A.  Budget report- LDWF
IV.     Old Business
                A.     Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council Update- Myron Fischer
                B.     Update on the Status of Shrimp Permits- Myron Fischer
V.      New Business
                A.     Update on the Inside/ Outside Line- Jeff Marx
                B.     Sustainability Update- Fisheries Improvement Plan- Damon Morris
                C.     Discussion of Experimental Gear Program- Cole Garrett
                D.     Update on the Refrigeration Grant Program- Richard Williams
                E.     To Consider Funding the Seafood Promotions and Marketing Board-  
                F.     Discussion of Ethics Procedures, Reports, and Violations- George Barisich
                G.     Discussion of Trawl Board Gear Regulations- Acy Cooper
                H.    Discussion of Shrimp/ Crab Task Force Appointees- Acy Cooper
                I.      Discussion of the LA Authentic Wild Seafood Program- Acy Cooper
                J.       Discussion of Seafood Label of Origin- Acy Cooper
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:

Elmer's Island to Close for Construction

Release Date: 10/13/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in coordination with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will close Elmer’s Island and its access road to the public on Monday, October 24 for construction.
The 7-day closure will allow time for road repairs and installation of a parking area at the end of the access road.  Vehicular traffic on the access road will resume once repairs are complete.
Elmer’s Island Refuge is located approximately 50 miles south of New Orleans, at the southern end of Jefferson Parish, where the Barataria Estuary meets the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is bordered by Highway 1 to the north, Caminada Pass and Grand Isle to the east, Lafourche Parish to the west and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.


Release Date: 10/12/2016

Last week, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2016-17 oyster season in Calcasieu Lake. The season was set based on the annual oyster stock assessment provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments received from members of the public, including the oyster industry.

Both the East Side and West Cove portions of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area will open one-half hour before sunrise on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  However, this action does not supersede public health closures.

During the 2016-17 oyster season, the following provisions will be in effect:

1.              Any vessel from which any person(s) takes or attempts to take oysters from the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area described above are limited to a daily take and possession limit not to exceed seven sacks of oysters per vessel.  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 will be deemed to have been taken from said public oyster area from the time harvest begins until all oysters are off-loaded 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 should be recorded in a log book, 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 should have all oyster dredges unshackled.

The following areas shall remain closed for the 2016/2017 oyster season:

1. The 2015 Calcasieu Lake West Cove Cultch Plant within the following coordinates:

        A.          29 degrees 52 minutes 39.66 seconds

         93 degrees 23 minutes 42.14 seconds

         B.         29 degrees 52 minutes 28.94 seconds

         93 degrees 23 minutes 42.20 seconds

         C.         29 degrees 52 minutes 39.60 seconds

         93 degrees 23 minutes 31.92 seconds

         D.         29 degrees 52 minutes 29.01 seconds

         93 degrees 23 minutes 31.92 seconds

2.  The 2015 Calcasieu Lake Southeast Side Cultch Plant within the following coordinates:

                        A.    29 degrees 50 minutes 25.46 seconds

       93 degrees 17 minutes 05.83 seconds

                        B.    29 degrees 50 minutes 19.83 seconds

       93 degrees 17 minutes 04.64 seconds

          C.      29 degrees 50 minutes 28.52 seconds

       93 degrees 16 minutes 51.37 seconds

                        D.    29 degrees 50 minutes 22.86 seconds

       93 degrees 16 minutes 50.19 seconds

            3.  The Cheniere Reef Artificial Reef Planning Area within the following coordinates:

                        A.     93 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

              4.         The Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area (as described in R.S. 56:435.1).

Closure dates will be determined by LDWF Secretary Melancon 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.

For maps associated with the above season visit:

LDWF to Open Fall Red Snapper Season in State Waters

Release Date: 10/07/2016

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, at its regularly scheduled October meeting, took action allowing recreational anglers to harvest additional red snapper in state waters beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, October 7, 2016, during weekends only.  Weekends are restricted to Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.  
This action was taken by the Commission after receiving a red snapper landings update from the Department.  Preliminary estimates from the Department’s LA Creel Program indicate Louisiana’s recreational fishermen (private anglers and charter-for-hire) landed a total of 1,041,321 pounds of red snapper through September 6, 2016, when Louisiana’s state water red snapper season closed. These landings account for approximately 93 percent of our historical average for both the private angler and charter boat components of the recreational sector (1,116,732 pounds).
This fall season will allow recreational anglers the opportunity to harvest the remaining 75,411 pounds of red snapper in state waters, with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length.  The department will monitor harvest, and the Secretary was given the authority to close the season when necessary to protect the resource.
Recreational Offshore Landing Permit
LDWF reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to possess certain species, including red snapper.  Anglers may obtain or renew the permit, free of charge at Anglers may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration. A valid Louisiana fishing license number is required to obtain a permit. A confirmation number is allowed for a temporary (trip) license.
Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need a permit as long as the charter captain has a valid Charter Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

LWF Commission Proposes Commercial Fishing Season on Poverty Point Reservoir

Release Date: 10/06/2016

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission considered a Notice of Intent (NOI) to modify the ban on commercial fishing gear and establish a commercial fishing season on Poverty Point Reservoir in Richland Parish.
The NOI proposes a removal of the current net ban to allow for the legal harvest of commercial fish during a special recurring trammel and gill netting season to begin on October 1 and close at sunset on the last day of February the following year.  Commercial fishing will only be allowed in designated areas, and although gear can remain overnight, fish must be harvested during daylight hours only. 
The use of hoop nets, wire nets and fish seines will remain prohibited.
To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Ryan Daniel, District 2 Fisheries Biologist Manager, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 368 Century Link Dr., Monroe, LA 71203-8732 or via email to prior to December 5, 2016.

LWF Commission Updates List of Established Recreational Reef Sites

Release Date: 10/06/2016

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action at today’s monthly meeting on a Notice of Intent (NOI) to update the list of established recreational reef sites in Louisiana inshore waters.
In Calcasieu Lake, the Commission proposes to remove the inshore planning area encompassing Oyster Reefs 1, 2, and 3 (also known as the Chenier Reefs) from to the list of established recreational reef sites. This action would allow for the future harvest of market-size oysters known to exist in the area. A new area of water bottoms in the lake would be designated and set aside as a recreational reef (planned East Calcasieu Reef in Cameron Parish), and oyster harvest would be restricted in this area. 
New reef sites in Lake Pontchartrain include the recently created 10-acre West End reef site near the south shore of the lake in Orleans Parish, and the new 10-acre St. John reef site in the southwestern part of the lake in St. John the Baptist Parish.
Other site changes include the removal of duplicate reef sites coordinates, consistency corrections and subsequent renumbering of reef sites.
To view the full notice of intent and for reef site coordinates, please visit here.
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed modifications to Craig Gothreaux, Artificial Reef Program Manager, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries – Fisheries Extension, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email to prior to November 28, 2016.

LDWF Extends Drawdown on Saline Lake

Release Date: 10/05/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Saline Lake Commission have extended the current drawdown on Saline Lake in Natchitoches and Winn parishes until November 1, 2016.  The extension is due to unusually heavy rainfall, which kept the area inundated for most of August.
The action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve access for recreational activities.  An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.
The current LDWF Saline Lake Aquatic Vegetative Management Plan can be viewed at:
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Villis Dowden, LDWF Biologist, at or (318) 357-3214. 

LDWF Stocks Popular Louisiana Urban Fisheries

Release Date: 10/04/2016

Continuing its popular Get Out and Fish! Community Fishing Program, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will stock several south Louisiana urban fisheries this month. For those who think the cooler weather will put a damper on their fishing season, nothing could be farther from the truth. One of life’s greatest outdoor pleasures is experiencing the thrilling fight of a channel cat on the end of a line during one of the most beautiful seasons of the year.
Girard Park in Lafayette and BREC’s Burbank Park in Baton Rouge will each receive 300 pounds of adult size channel catfish later this week. Sidney Torres Park in Chalmette will also be stocked later this month.
The channel catfish is a highly prized sportfish and can be enticed to bite a hook baited with a kernel of canned corn, shrimp, live worms or chicken livers. At previous events, the bait of choice was dead shrimp fished on the bottom.
The fish were produced at the department’s Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in Forest Hill, La.
The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing, recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and to promote outdoor activities for future generations. 
For more information, contact Danica Williams at or (504) 628-7282. 

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