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Concordia Parish Men Cited for Overlimit of Bass

Release Date: 06/25/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two Concordia Parish men for allegedly taking over the limit of bass on Turkey Creek in Franklin Parish on June 20. 

Casey W. Martin 27 and Edward R. Martin 41, both from Ferriday, were cited after being found in possession of 38 bass in their boat.  The daily limit for bass on Turkey Creek is 10 per person.  The bass were seized and donated to charity.

The penalty for taking over the limit of bass is a fine up to $350, and jail time up to 60 days or both plus court cost.  Both subjects will also be issued civil restitution citations for the value of the fish.

Agent involved in the case was Senior Agent Lee Tarver.

For more information, contact Capt. Alan Bankston at abankston@wlf.la.gov or 318-362-3139.

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation

Wildlife & Fisheries Foundation

A. Kell McInnis, III
Executive Director

2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Phone: 225-765-5100
Email: kmcinnis@wlf.la.gov

Donate

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The Foundation's Mission

. . . to enhance and encourage public enjoyment and use of the wildlife and fisheries resources of this state, we:

Promote, develop, expand and improve the facilities of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission;

Enhance their ability to perform their constitutional and statutory missions;

Encourage public conservation and enjoyment of wildlife and fish resources;

Increase Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission's usefulness to our citizens.

The Foundation is a non-profit public, charitable foundation, tax exempt under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation 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.

Individuals and corporations can become partners in conservation by contributing to the Foundation in a variety of ways, all of which are tax deductible. Donations of property and money are accepted both as undedicated contributions or for specific projects and programs.

Louisiana is known as the "Sportsman's Paradise", but with each passing generation the natural resources of this state become less available. When you become a partner in Louisiana wildlife and fish conservation, you contribute to programs that insure future generations will have access to quality outdoor recreational experiences.

Primary Goals
The goals of the Foundation include habitat conservation, environmental education and training, natural resource research and management, and general financial assistance to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries programs and projects, such that it may better serve the public.
In the past the Foundation has used dedicated contributions for hunter education, Wood Duck preservation projects, wildlife management areas, improvements for both rural and urban locations, marine fisheries research, Louisiana black bear projects, fish hatchery research, quail management, teacher and public education programs, wetlands mitigation and National Hunting and Fishing Day events.

Major Foundation Inititaves:

Reforestation

Wildlife Management Area and Refuge Programs

Fish Hatchery Research

Conservation Education

Partners In Conservation

The Foundation's Board is committed to a simple operating style - working as a partner with contributors who donate property, services or funds for specific projects and programs as well as contributions for general conservation use. The foundation identifies conservation problems and offers solutions through partnerships and leveraging financial resources.

Workshop Scholarships

BECOMING AN OUTDOORS-WOMAN

Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship

Liz Barthel was known throughout the South as one of the top female bowhunters.  She was dedicated to supporting bowhunting, archery, and wildlife and conservation organizations.  Her many accomplishments to promote women and children in the sports included BOW, archery instructor, Jakes Day event organizer, committee member for the Twin City Longbeards, organized the 1st all ladies Chapter of the NWTF, one of the 1st two women to serve on the Louisiana State Board of Directors for NWTF, and the 1st woman in La. to complete a “Grand Slam” of Wild Turkey.  Liz was on the pro-staff of Hoyt, LaCrosse, Knight & Hale, Feather-Flex, Savage Systems, Scott Archery, Scent Shield, Indian Archery and many more. 

Liz played an instrumental part in establishing the 1st Louisiana BOW workshop and continued her support with each workshop until her untimely death.  She was a former LDWF employee that loved hunting and all aspects of wildlife. Liz enriched the lives of many people through her goals and accomplishments and sought after other women to reach and succeed in their goals.   Her wish is continued by providing well deserved women a chance to follow their outdoor dreams through the Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship.

Instructions:Please complete all sections of the application for full consideration for a scholarship to attend a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop (BOW).

Application must be received at least 2 weeks prior to the opening date of the workshop registration.  Return completed application to the following address or fax number.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship
ATTN: Dana Norsworthy
368 CenturyLink Drive
Monroe, LA 71203

Fax:  318-345-0797

Low-income women who have children under age 18 will be eligible to receive the Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship pays $125 of the $200 registration fee. The scholarship recipient(s) will be responsible for a $75 fee which shall be mailed in with the registration form that we will provide to you, prior to the opening registration date of the workshop. To apply for the Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship:

  • You may nominate an individual by submitting the following application or
  • You may submit the information about yourself

We hope Liz will live through other outdoor women in this way.
 

 

Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW)
Becoming an Outdoors Woman

"You are part of a pioneering effort to break down barriers to participation of women in outdoor activities"

Christine L. Thomas, Ph.D., Founder of "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman"

 

The "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" program was started in 1991 by Doctor Christine L. Thomas, Professor of Resource Management, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. The program focuses on providing opportunities for women to learn skills that enhance and encourage participation in hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. BOW is an introductory-level workshop that teaches basic courses only. Advanced courses are taught in Beyond BOW.

In September 1994 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Information and Education Section offered its first "Becoming and Outdoors-Woman" program. It was a sellout. Today, LDWF conducts weekend workshops once a year offering more than 20 specialty courses, ranging from markswomanship to turkey hunting. The National Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Rules state that each workshop must consist of 1/3 hunting-shooting, 1/3 fishing, and 1/3 non-harvest activities to complete a balanced program. For those not interested in hunting, courses like beginning fly fishing and canoeing are offered. The woman who loves nature but not hunting and fishing can learn about outdoor photography, ecology, backpacking and more.

The program does not stop with educational courses. Unity and fellowship flourish at a "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" weekend. LDWF staff makes sure participants are well fed, entertained and housed at one of the finest educational camps in the state. The BOW workshops are held in Pollock, LA (just North of Alexandria, LA) at the Camp Grant Walker 4-H Center.

Regular check-in at the workshop is from 10a.m.-11a.m. Friday. Meals will be provided from Friday Lunch to Sunday Lunch. You will sign up for 4 hands-on educational sessions that are 3.5 hours each and are taught by LDWF personnel and qualified volunteer instructors. Accommodations are dormitory style (bunk beds) with one centrally located bathhouse. You must bring bedding, towels, and toiletry items. At night, enjoy the possibility of mini sessions, style shows, bon fires, and music. If a band is scheduled to play on Saturday night their session will last up to 11pm.

You must be 18 years of age or older to attend.

We have scholarships available.

Make for sure that you read the Course Descriptions before registering.

Forms can either be downloaded from this site, faxed to you, or requested by phone. These forms will not be available until the date below.

Next Workshop: April 4-6, 2014

Registration Begins: February 3, 2014
Cost: $200
Number of Participants: 125

Registration forms will be accepted by mail ONLY (overnight will be accepted) and must be accompanied by a check or money order.
Attention: HAND DELIVERED FORMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED .

For more information contact Dana Norsworthy at 318-345-3912
dnorsworthy@wlf.louisiana.gov
or Chad Moore cmoore@wlf.la.gov

For more information about Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops in other states, visit www.uwsp.edu/cnr/bow

Becoming Outdoors Woman Updates

Louisiana’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman offers the standard BOW workshops and advanced workshops called Beyond BOW.  Please follow the link to enter in your e-mail address to be added to our distribution list.  You will receive updates on when the next BOW and Beyond BOW courses are offered, when registration for these courses will begin and other information to keep our outdoors women connected and educated about natures opportunities.

 

Cooperative Research Surveys for Commercial Fishermen and Dealers

The LDWF has received permission from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries) to re-direct $15 million from the $52 million grant (NOAA Grant Number NA06NMF4540319) authorized for fisheries disaster assistance by the U.S. Congress (Public Law 109-234) to monitor recovery of Gulf fisheries impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008.  Initially, this $15 million was part of $25 million earmarked for rehabilitating oyster bed and shrimp grounds; an activity specifically authorized under this grant.  This money has now been re-directed to provide additional funding (total $18.8 million) for cooperative research programs to monitor recovery of Gulf fisheries and will be used to compensate qualified Louisiana resident wholesale/retail seafood dealers and commercial fishermen who participate by completing cooperative research surveys.  Qualified participants include:

  • Louisiana resident commercial fishermen who held a valid 2008 resident commercial fisherman's license and had combined trip ticket-reported sales valued at $5,948 or more during the three-year period September 1, 2005 - August 31, 2008. All saltwater species landings (shrimp, crab, oyster, menhaden, saltwater finfish) are included in total sales, regardless of the fisherman's parish of residence. Freshwater species landings (freshwater finfish and wild-caught crawfish) are included only if the fisherman resided in any of the 26 LDWF-identified hurricane-impacted parishes.
     
  • Louisiana resident wholesale/retail seafood dealers who held a valid 2008 resident wholesale/retail seafood dealer's license and had combined trip ticket reported purchases valued at $20,756 or more during the three-year period September 1, 2005 - August 31, 2008. All saltwater species landings (shrimp, crab, oyster, menhaden, saltwater finfish) are included in total sales, regardless of the wholesale/retail dealer's parish of operation. Freshwater species landings (freshwater finfish and wild-caught crawfish) are included only if the wholesale/retail dealer operation was located in any of the 26 LDWF-identified hurricane-impacted parishes.

LDWF will pay qualified resident wholesale/retail seafood dealers and resident commercial fishermen who submit complete AND acceptable cooperative research surveys. All survey data submitted by fishermen and wholesale/retail dealers are public records under Louisiana law. Under this plan, trip tickets dated during the eligible period but submitted after November 30, 2008, will not be considered for qualification. 

The Fisheries Recovery Survey project will benefit commercial fishermen and seafood dealers.  This information will also help identify lingering needs from 2005 hurricanes (e.g. debris, siltation, etc).

Any questions concerning eligibility, requests for information, etc. should be directed to the SCPDC by calling 1-800-630-3791 (toll-free) or (985) 655-1051 (local) or mailing SCPDC at P.O. Box 1240, Gray, LA 70359-9902 or visiting the SCPDC website at www.scpdc.org/fisheriesassistance.

 

 

 

Number of Eligible Harvesters

 

Tier Level

Minimum Sales Level

Payment Amount

Percentile

1,265

Tier 1

$5,948

$208.83

30%

1,581

Tier 2

$24,786

$870.22

50%

1,581

Tier 3

$108,804

$3,820.05

75%

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Eligible Dealers

Tier Level

Minimum Purchase Level

Payment Amount

Percentile

113

Tier 1

$20,756

$1,437.91

30%

141

Tier 2

$67,527

$4,678.05

50%

141

Tier 3

$632,463

$43,814.97

75%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to view a summary of payments >>

COOP Reconsideration

The department determined qualifying status for the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program based on Louisiana trip ticket landings records during the qualifying period (September 2005 through August 2008), Louisiana resident commercial fishing and dealer license records for 2008, Secretary of State Incorporation standing and LDSS Delinquent Payer status. For those fisherman and/or dealers who would like to request a review of their qualifying status for Federal Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys, a reconsideration process has been implemented. 

  1. Fisherman/dealers must first call the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at (225)765-2411 or (225)765-0121 to express their concern and ask to be added to the "reconsideration list".  
  2. Fisherman/dealers who would like to be reconsidered are mailed a letter.  Included with this letter is a "Request Form" which must be completed and returned to LDWF within 30 days of the mailing date of the letter in order to confirm your request for review. If assistance is needed with completing the "Request Form" or you have questions, call the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at (225)765-2411 or (225)765-0121.  Returns postmarked later than 30 days from the date of the letter will not be accepted.
  3. Fisherman/dealers interested in being reconsidered are then asked to call the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at (225)765-2411 or (225)765-0121 to schedule an appointment to have their case heard in front of the Reconsideration Review Panel.  Panel review dates currently scheduled are Tuesday December 1st and Thursday December 10th.  It is very important to call the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at the telephone numbers listed above to schedule the date and time of the review.  Every effort will be made to schedule a date and time that is convenient for the requestor.  The requestor will also receive a mail notice confirming the date and time of the scheduled review. 
  4. The Department has established a three-member panel to review the requests and has scheduled panel reviews at LDWF Headquarters.  It is very important that all documentation supporting the claim be brought to the scheduled panel review.  The party requesting review is responsible for providing verifiable proof that the department incorrectly determined their qualifying status.  In order to identify and maintain confidentiality of the documentation provided, LDWF has developed a "Request for Review Chain of Custody Form" to document receipt of the information submitted.   Before the documents can be examined by the review panel, LDWF staff in attendance will log this information on to the Chain of Custody Form.  
  5. Once the panel has reviewed the supporting documentation and developed its recommendation, the requester will receive written notification by mail of LDWF's final determination of the qualifying status. All determinations made by LDWF are final and cannot be appealed.

Please do not hesitate to contact the LDWF Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at the telephone numbers provided if you need assistance or additional information concerning this program.

Fisheries Disaster Assistance Program

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) launched a $41 million federal fisheries disaster assistance program in May 2008 to assist the commercial and recreational fishing industry following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Funding for this program is part of supplemental appropriation from the U.S. Congress allocated to Louisiana for fisheries disaster assistance aimed at providing direct assistance to the commercial and recreational fishing industry.  Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC).

Who is eligible?

LDWF has distributed personal assistance payments for urgent needs to qualified residents who participated in the commercial fishing industries. Louisiana resident commercial fishermen, commercial fishing vessel license holders and wholesale/retail seafood dealers with trip ticket-recorded sales or purchases of seafood between September 1, 2004 and August 31, 2005, and who resided in the 26 LDWF-defined hurricane impacted parishes qualified for personal assistance.

Those qualifying for assistance must have trip ticket sales or purchases of seafood during the qualifying period AND held one or more licenses as follows:

  • Shrimp, oyster, crab, and saltwater finfish fishermen

  • Shrimp fishermen with a demonstrated record of compliance with turtle excluder device (TED)and bycatch reduction (BRD) regulations

  • Commercial fishing vessel license holders in the shrimp, oyster, saltwater fish and menhaden fisheries

  • Wholesale/retail seafood dealers

  • Freshwater finfish and wild crawfish fishermen

  • Charterboat operators who held a LDWF charterboat fishing guide license in fishing year 2004 or 2005 (through August 31, 2005)

Important Information & Deadlines for Program Participants

  • In May and June 2008, nearly 9,000 application packets were mailed to eligible participants.

  • Beginning in June 2008, the first payments were mailed.

  • Reminder notices were mailed in June 2008.

  • The deadline was extended from September 1 to December 1, 2008.

  • The reconsideration deadline expired February 27, 2009.

  • The first round of payments was completed in December 2008.

  • Reconsideration payments were completed in September 2009.

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  • Note:  LDWF distributed direct assistance payments in the order in which applications were reviewed and accepted for completeness.

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Contact:

South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCPDC)
1-800-630-3791 (toll free)
985-655-1051 (local)
P.O. Box 1240
Gray, LA 70359-9902
www.scpdc.org/fisheriesassistance

**It is estimated that the total infrastructure and economic loss from hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008 totaled over $750 million. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was charged with the coordination and distribution of federal recovery funds to the fishing industry.**

Documents: 

LDWF ANNOUNCES FISHING OPENINGS IN PORTIONS OF BAYOU LAFOURCHE AND OTHER LAFOURCHE INSIDE WATERS

Release Date: 06/23/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following opening to recreational and commercial fishing in a portion of Bayou Lafourche and a portion of inside waters east of Bayou Lafourche in Lafourche Parish effective immediately, today June 23.

Fishing Opening

The portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 09 minutes 29 seconds north latitude from the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche to the Fourchon Road (LA Hwy 3090) and north of LA Hwy 1 from 90 degrees 07 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche and the portion of Bayou Lafourche itself north of the LA Hwy 1 bridge in Leeville.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas. Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily. As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov/. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP http://www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter as @GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.
For more information contact Marianne Burke, 225-765-2917 or mburke@wlf.la.gov

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Public Oyster Seed Ground Rehabilitation

2009 Public Ground Rehabilitation Activities

Black Bay Cultch Plant (Plaquemines Parish)

  • Project dates: May 16 - 31, 2009
  • Project location: East Lonesome Island
  • Project size: Approximately 200 acres
  • Material utilized: Size #57 crushed limestone rock and crushed concrete (approx. 1.5? across widest diameter)
  • Amount of material planted: approximately 22,500.00 cubic yards (~29,300 tons)
  • Contractor: Pontchartrain Materials Corporation (New Orleans, LA)
  • Project cost: $1,350,759.06
  • Planting methods: High-pressure water spray and clam bucket utilized to spread a thin layer of cultch material on water bottoms
  • Equipment used: 36 barge-loads of limestone, 4 tug boats, 1 spray/crane barge, 1 quarter barge (to house 10 contractor employees on-site)
  • Typical work day: Begin at 6:30 a.m. and unload ~ 4 barge-loads by 6:30 p.m.

Sister Lake (Caillou) Cultch Plant (Terrebonne Parish)

  • Project dates: May 3 - 12, 2009
  • Project location: Sister (Caillou) Lake
  • Project size: Approximately 170 acres
  • Material utilized: Size #57 crushed limestone rock and crushed concrete (approx. 1.5? across widest diameter)
  • Amount of material planted: approximately 22,597 cubic yards (~29,376 tons)
  • Contractor: Pontchartrain Materials Corporation (New Orleans, LA)
  • Project cost: $1,677,618.36
  • Planting methods: High-pressure water spray and clam bucket utilized to spread a thin layer of cultch material on water bottoms
  • Equipment used: barge-loads of cultch material, 4 tug boats, 1 spray/crane barge
  • Typical work day: Begin at 6:30 a.m. and unload ~ 3-6 barge-loads by 5:30 p.m.


Lake Chien Cultch Plant (Terrebonne Parish)

  • Project dates: May 4 - June 10, 2009
  • Project location: Lake Chien
  • Project size: approximately 22 acres
  • Material utilized: Size #57 limestone rock (approx. 1.5? across widest diameter)
  • Amount of material planted: approximately 11,348 cubic yards (~ 15,320 tons)
  • Contractor: Bertucci Contracting Co., LLC
  • Project cost: $828,413.49
  • Planting methods: Clam bucket utilized to spread a thin layer of cultch material on water bottoms
  • Equipment used: 13 barge-loads of limestone, 2 tug boats, 1 quarter barge (to house 6 contractor employees on-site)
  • Typical work day: Begin at 6:30 a.m. and unload ~ 2 barge-loads by 6:30 p.m.

Mississippi Sound Cultch Plant (St. Bernard Parish)

  • Project dates: May 4 - June 11, 2009
  • Project location: Three Mile Bay
  • Project size: approximately 45 acres
  • Material utilized: Size #57 limestone rock (approx. 1.5? across widest diameter)
  • Amount of material planted: approximately 22,300 cubic yards (29,150tons)
  • Contractor: Bertucci Contracting Co., LLC
  • Project cost: $1,372,224.29
  • Planting methods: Clam bucket utilized to spread a thin layer of cultch material on water bottoms
  • Equipment used: barge-loads of limestone, 2 tug boats, 1 quarter barge (to house 6 contractor employees on-site)
  • Typical work day: Begin at 6:30 a.m. and unload ~ 2 barge-loads by 6:30 p.m.

    *Note: a 15-acre cultch plant in southern Calcasieu Lake was also constructed in 2009, but was funded by state compensation monies.

2008 Public Ground Rehabilitation Activities

Hackberry Bay Cultch Plant (Lafourche/Jefferson Parish)

  • Project dates: May 20 - 25, 2008
  • Project location: Hackberry Bay
  • Project size: Approximately 50 acres
  • Material utilized: Approximately 75% Size #57 limestone rock, approximately 15% crushed concrete, and approximately 10% clean oyster shells
  • Amount of material planted: 10,171.75 cubic yards (~ 13,223 tons)
  • Contractor: Pontchartrain Materials Corporation (New Orleans, LA)
  • Project cost: $558,429.00
  • Planting methods: High-pressure water spray and clam bucket utilized to spread a thin layer of cultch material on water bottoms
  • Equipment used: 11 barge-loads of cultch material, 3 tug boats, 1 spray/crane barge
    Typical work day: Begin at 6:30 a.m. and unload ~ 3-4 barge-loads by 6:30 p.m.

2007 Public Ground Rehabilitation Activities

Black Bay Cultch Plant (Plaquemines Parish)

  • Project dates: May 8-19, 2007
  • Project location: Northeast of Lonesome Island (sunken marsh island)
  • Project size: Approximately 200 acres
  • Material utilized: Size #57 limestone rock (approx. 1.5" across widest diameter)
    Amount of material planted: 32,235 cubic yards (~ 41,905 tons)
  • Contractor: Pontchartrain Materials Corporation (New Orleans, LA)
  • Project cost: $1,725,830
  • Planting methods: High-pressure water spray and clam bucket utilized to spread a thin layer of cultch material on water bottoms
  • Equipment used: 36 barge-loads of limestone, 4 tug boats, 1 spray/crane barge, 1 quarter barge (to house 10 contractor employees on-site)
  • Typical work day: Begin at 6:30 a.m. and unload ~ 4 barge-loads by 6:30 p.m.

Mississippi Sound Cultch Plant (St. Bernard Parish)

  • Project dates: June 4 - June 13, 2007
  • Project location: Northwest of Turkey Bayou, northeast of 3-Mile Pass
  • Project size: Approximately 200 acres
  • Material utilized: Size #57 limestone rock (approx. 1.5" across widest diameter)
  • Amount of material planted: 30,000 cubic yards (~ 39,000 tons)
  • Contractor: Pontchartrain Materials Corporation (New Orleans, LA)
  • Project cost: $1,610,000
  • Planting methods: High-pressure water spray and clam bucket utilized to spread a
    thin layer of cultch material on water bottoms
  • Equipment used: : 36 barge-loads of limestone, 4 tug boats, 1 spray/crane barge, 1 quarter barge (to house 10 contractor employees on-site)
  • Typical work day: Begin at 6:30 a.m. and unload ~ 4 barge-loads by 6:30 p.m.
     
  • Projects are funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (grant # NA06NMF4540319) through the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (sub-award # OR-RRR-020-2006-01) as part of the recent $53 million federal fisheries rehabilitation appropriation for Louisiana in the wakes of the 2005 hurricanes. Additional projects planned for the $53M include oyster rehabilitation on private oyster leases, debris removal on traditional fishing grounds, and cooperative research to monitor recovery of fishery resources impacted by the hurricanes of 2005.


For more information, contact Patrick Banks at 225.765.2370 or pbanks@wlf.louisiana.gov.

F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it too late to sign up for the POLR Program?
    Yes, it is too late to sign up to participate in the POLR Program, but you can still fill out a pre-application to be considered for any future program(s) if any are created.
     
  • When will my contract end?
    All POLR contracts (Cooperative Endeavor Agreements) will terminate on June 30, 2009. That is the last day rehabilitation work can be performed for reimbursement purposes unless an amendment for the account was signed by June 30, 2009; which extended the deadline to December 31, 2009.
     
  • Do I need to do anything before I perform rehabilitation work?
    You must contact the state prior to leaving the dock each day to operate under the terms of the POLR Cooperative Endeavor Agreement. The POLR 24-hour call-in number is 1-888-429-2460. Be prepared to provide the following:
    • Your name (person performing the work)
    • Leaseholder account name and account number
    • Date(s) and time(s) rehabilitation work will be performed
    • Type of rehabilitation activity
    • Vessel name/number
    • Lease number and/or public grounds where work will be performed (ex: Seeds from Black Bay Public Ground to lease #XXXXXX)
    • Harvest Area (DHH Harvest Area Map: http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/Maps.asp?ID=1&Detail=1)
       
  • Do I have to call-in when I'm finished?
    No, unless you are unable to go out as planned or you are returning earlier than expected due to weather, mechanical trouble, etc. The POLR call-in number is 1-888-429-2460.
     
  • What if I don't have cell phone service in the area I plan to work?
    You should call the 24-hour call-in service before leaving the dock. You may also place your call the night before the work is performed.
     
  • What information should be included in my wheelhouse log?
    As per the POLR contract, each wheelhouse log should contain the following information:
    • Date work was performed
    • Location (lease number work was performed on and/or public grounds, if harvesting seed oysters)
    • Start time and end time (time that you left/came back to dock)
    • Activity performed (ex: bedding)
    • Amount of material placed on lease (ex: 15 poles or 200 barrels), if applicable
    • Vessel name and/or number
    • Printed name and signature of person who performed the work
    • Make sure dates from your wheelhouse logs agree with POLR Vessel Log sheets and reimbursement form.
       
  • Can I use the DHH Time-Temperature Log Sheets as my wheelhouse log?
    Yes, as long as the DHH Time-Temperature Log Sheet contains all the information required of wheelhouse logs (see above), those may used.

    Or you may call the POLR Program at 225-765-2940 or 225-765-2411

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  • Where do I send my reimbursement requests?
    All reimbursement requests must be sent to:
    • South Central Planning and Development Commission
      ATTN: POLR Program
      5058 West Main St.
      P.O. Box 1870
      Gray, LA 70359
       
  • How long will it take to receive my reimbursement payment?
    Once you submit reimbursement paperwork to South Central Planning and Development Commission, reimbursement generally takes four to six weeks from the time of submittal if all paperwork is complete and in order.
     
  • Will I receive a paper check or a JP Morgan-Chase Pay card for my reimbursement payment?
    In order to provide reimbursement funds to you more quickly, we have discontinued paper check reimbursement payments for individual leaseholder accounts under the POLR program. Individual leaseholders account reimbursement payments will be credited to the individual paycard. Partnerships, corporations, etc. will continue to receive paper checks for reimbursement payments.
     
  • How do I activate my JP Morgan-Chase Pay Card?
    All POLR venders should be able to easily activate their JP Morgan-Chase Pay Card through the customer service number located on the back of the card (1-866-795-3890). To assist the customer Service representative, be sure to mention the POLR profile name, which is LA WF OYSTER LEASEHOLDERS PROG.
     
  • What if I did not receive a JP Morgan-Chase Pay card or I lost my card?
    Call JP Morgan-Chase customer service at 1-866-795-3890. To assist the Customer Service representative, be sure to mention the POLR name, which is LA WF OYSTER LEASEHOLDERS PROG.
     
  • How do I know if a reimbursement payment has been credited to my JP Morgan-Chase Pay Card?
    You may call 1-866-795-3890 to check the daily balance on your card. That number can also be found on the back of each JP Morgan-Chase Pay Card. In addition, you will be mailed a deposit statement each time a reimbursement payment has been credited to your account. The profile name with JP Morgan-Chase for the Pay Cards is LA WF OYSTER LEASEHOLDERS PROG. It is helpful to reference this profile name when calling JP Morgan-Chase about cardholder issues.
     
  • Who do I call with questions about the POLR program?
    For additional information, please contact the POLR Program at 225-765-2940; 225-765-2411;

    As of October 2009 the POLR staff consisted of:

    • Vince Cefalu, Supervisor
    • Ty Lindsey
    • Tanya Williams
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