Fishing

LDWF Secretary Expands “Sacking-Only” Area in Mississippi Sound for Upcoming 2015-2016 Oyster Season

Release Date: 09/21/2015

 

News Release
 
For Immediate Release
September 21, 2015
 
Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

 

LDWF Secretary Expands “Sacking-Only” Area in Mississippi Sound for Upcoming 2015-2016 Oyster Season
 
Robert Barham, the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, expanded the “sacking-only” area in Mississippi Sound for the upcoming oyster season on the public oyster seed grounds.  The revised “sacking-only” area is further described as that portion of the public oyster seed grounds within Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ (LDHH) Harvest Area 1 falling east of a line of longitude at 89 degrees 29 minutes 0.00 seconds W, and the entirety of the LDHH Harvest Area 2.
 
To view revised maps of this area visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons
 
The “sacking-only” area in Mississippi Sound originally encompassed only LDHH Harvest Area 2, but was expanded as described above.  An additional “sacking-only” area in the Bay Long and American Bay area as originally set by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for the upcoming season remains unchanged. Within these “sacking-only” areas, which are set to open on Monday, October 19, 2015, the harvest of oysters is limited to the take of market-size oysters only. 
 
Closure dates, adjustments in sack limits and/or sacking-only areas will be determined by LDWF Secretary Barham 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 prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.
 
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.

 

LDWF Opens New Kayak Launch Site

Release Date: 09/17/2015

(Sept. 17, 2015)  - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recently completed a boating access project on the Ben Lilly Conservation Area, upgrading the existing launch to improve accessibility for kayak and small boat users. 
 
Area improvements included upgrading the existing launch to a concrete boat ramp and construction of an access road and parking area. 
 
Kayaking enthusiasts have long launched their kayaks in the world’s longest bayou, Bayou Bartholomew, and these improvements will both enhance their experience and allow safe, accessible entry into the water,” explained LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “Maintaining and developing recreational boating and fishing access opportunities has been a top priority of our department.”
 
The new ramp is now available for public use during Chemin-A-Haut State Park’s standard operating hours. 
 
The Ben Lilly Conservation Area is a 247-tract on Bayou Bartholomew in Morehouse Parish. The acreage contains a variety of habitats including mature bottomland hardwoods and approximately three miles of frontage along Bayou Bartholomew, which contains the highest fish and mussel diversity in the state.

LDWF’s License to Win! Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Release Date: 09/16/2015

(Sept. 16, 2015) - 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 awarded five lucky winners for its August saltwater license holder drawing. Winners drawn on September 1 include Sidney Brown, Haley Hester, Thomas Leonards, Arielle Lewis and Grant Wood.
 
The winners were among thousands of names entered when they purchased a 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing license.
 
The sweepstakes includes five monthly prize winners of 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 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. 
 
This promotion has just begun, so 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. 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.
 
Rules, photos and additional information can be found at http://www.fishla.org/license-win-sweepstakes/

Louisiana Crab Task Force Legislative Committee Meeting

Release Date: 09/16/2015

Louisiana Crab Task Force Legislative Committee Meeting
Pete Gerica, chairman
Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 12 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122
 
AGENDA
 
I.       Roll Call and Introduction of Guests
II.      Crab gear license requirement options
III.     Public Comment
IV.     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/3647430083272037378

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 09/16/2015

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting
Pete Gerica, chairman
Tuesday, September 22 ,1:00 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122
 
AGENDA
I.         Roll call and introduction of guests
II.        Approval of July 21 meeting minutes and September 22 agenda
III.       Financial Report
IV.       Old Business
            A.  Fishery management options - LDWF
            B.  Derelict crab trap dates and locations for 2015 - LDWF
V.       New Business
            A.  Legislative Committee Report
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/5502707521069838850

LDWF Announces Elmer's Island Road Closure

Release Date: 09/15/2015

The access road to Elmer's Island, a wildlife refuge owned and maintained by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, will close to the public Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25 for repair work. 
 
Vehicular traffic will resume once repairs are complete.

Elmer’s Island is a 230-acre tract of barrier beachfront located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish.
 

Louisiana Saltwater Series Regular Season Finale Set for Cypremort Point

Release Date: 09/15/2015

(Sept. 15, 2015) - The sixth and final regular-season redfish tournament of the 2015 Louisiana Saltwater Series is just around the corner, heading to Cypremort Point on Saturday.
 
Who:  Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
 
What:  Tag and release redfish fishing tournament
 
When:  Saturday, September 19, 2015
             5 to 6 a.m.  – Registration/Check-in/Boat checks
            6 a.m. – Captain’s meeting
            1:30 to 3:00 pm – Weigh-in
 
Where:  Quintana Landing, Cypremort Point, La.
 
Visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com for additional details and to register.  Registration is $200 per two-man team, with exceptions for youth entrants. The tournament series is 100% payout.
 

LDWF Announces Fishing Regulations Cover Photo Contest

Release Date: 09/10/2015

Your winning photo could be published on next year’s cover of the Louisiana Fishing Regulations
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is accepting photos for its Louisiana Fishing Regulations Cover Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover of the 2016 publication.
 
A judging panel composed of LDWF Fisheries staff will look for photos that best portray recreational fishing in Louisiana and will select and announce a winner in early November 2015. 
 
Photos not selected for the cover may still be featured on one of the Department’s social media channels or new recreational fishing website, www.FishLA.org.
 
Entries should be emailed to outreach@wlf.la.gov by midnight on Friday, October 16. Photos must be unedited digital images shot in Louisiana. Each submission (one photo per email) should be portrait (vertical) orientation, high resolution (a minimum of 1600 x 1000 pixels but no larger than 12 MB) and free of date stamps or other markings.
 
With all submissions, please include the photographer’s name, names of individuals in the photo, where the photo was taken, approximate date and contact information.
 
The Louisiana Fishing Regulations pamphlet is the state’s official publication for recreational fishing seasons dates, harvest limits and regulations. The guide is available online and in hard copy at LDWF offices and license vendors statewide.
 
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.

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting Announced

Release Date: 09/04/2015

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

Mark Abraham, Chairman

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Monday, September 14, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.              Approval of April 1, 2015 meeting minutes and September 14, 2015 agenda

III.            Treasury Report

A.     Budget report-LDWF

i. Shrimp industry promotion opportunities

IV.            April 15, 2015 Marketing Committee Report

V.              Old Business

A.     Refrigeration grant program update-LDWF

B.     Sustainability Update-LDWF

VI.            New Business

A.     Revised sustainability pre-assessment- LDWF

B.     Ted testing in skimmer nets- Jeff Gearhart (NOAA)

C.     LDWF sea turtle monitoring project (trawling)-LDWF

D.     Setting shrimp seasons- Andrew Blanchard

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/6519115860687949569

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