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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

2010-198

Documents: 

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

Private Oyster Lease Rehabilitation

  • Project summary: This program provides reimbursement assistance to participating oyster leaseholders who perform documented oyster rehabilitation activities on their oyster leases.
  • Pre-application Period: Program notification was mailed to all oyster leaseholders, and leaseholders were provided with a pre-application period beginning December 29, 2006 and ending March 02, 2007.
  • Participants: Of the approximately 1,200 existing oyster leaseholders, 741 pre-applied to participate in the program.
    Oyster leaseholders who pre-applied to participate in the program received a packet of information in the mail early May 2007. The packet included a draft copy of the POLR Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (contract) along with other information about program requirements.
    Participating leaseholders attended one of multiple signup meetings held throughout the coast of Louisiana to sign their POLR contract (or they arranged to sign the contract at Baton Rouge headquarters on an individual basis). Of the 741 who pre-applied, approximately 580 signed and executed contracts with LDWF.
  • Program funding level: Approximately $12 million
  • Program duration: May 25, 2007 to June 30, 2009. * An amendment to extend the deadline to December 31, 2009 was offered to all accounts that had unreimbursed funds as of May 2009. The amendment had to be signed by an appropriate representative and returned to LDWF by June 30, 2009 in order to officially extend the deadline.
  • Reimbursement Rate and Limit: A maximum reimbursement limit for each leaseholder account was tabulated using reimbursement rates. Reimbursement rates were based on biological assessments of oyster resources on public grounds immediately after the hurricanes of 2005. It was determined that greater impact to oyster resources occurred in the area encompassing Lafourche parish and east (Impact Zone A) than in the area encompassing Terrebonne parish and west (Impact Zone B). Using that determination as a foundation, and incorporating the leased acreage held in each impact zone per participating leaseholder, reimbursements rates were set as follows:
    • Impact Zone A (Lafourche parish and east): $42.16 per acre of leases held by leaseholder
    • Impact Zone B (Terrebonne parish and west): $28.10 per acre of leases held by leaseholder
    • Example: John Doe owns lease number 12345, which contains 100 acres and is located in Plaquemines Parish (east of Lafourche Parish). His maximum reimbursement limit is $4,216.00. 
      100 acres X $42.16/acre = $4,216.00
  • Reimbursement Cap: No one individual may receive more than $200,000 in total reimbursement assistance, regardless of the total oyster lease acres or number of oyster leaseholder accounts an individual owns. 

The first approved reimbursement payments were mailed in July 2007.

The table below shows the progress of the POLR Program (As of March 31, 2010):  

 

 POLR Activity

 Total Money Reimbursed

 Total Leases Rehabilitated

 Total Acres Rehabilitated

 Total Material Placed

Percentage of Total Reimbursement  

Sediment/Debris Removal

$4,373,273.15

651

68,902

 n/a 

40.18%

Cultch Deposition

$1,255,257.71

106

15,565

29,314yd31

11.53%

Resurveying/Remarking

$525,887.04

400

43,042

 n/a  

4.83%

Oyster Relaying

$377,307.22

23

  4,502 

65,956 barrels1,2

3.47%

Oyster Transplanting (Bedding)

$4,340,654.25

544

59,565

805,817 barrels1,2

39.88%

Replacement of Documents

$11,861.00

 n/a

n/a

n/a

0.11%

TOTAL

$10,884,240.37

 

 

 

 

        

1 Total based upon that which is reported by participating leaseholders on reimbursement documents
2 One barrel=two sacks

For more information, contact POLR Program at 225-765-2940; 225-765-2411; 225-765-2382 or 225-765-2387

Commercial Fishermen Gear and Technology Program

This grant program is designed to improve the economic efficiency of the industry while promoting professionalism on vessels.

Completed forms can be emailed to Geartech@wlf.la.gov or sent by mail to:

Federal Fisheries Recovery Programs
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898

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 Lousisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was charged with the coordination and distribution of federal recovery funds to the fishing industry.

Wholesale Dealer Grant Recovery Program

The Louisiana Wholesale-Retail Dealer Grant Program (WDG) is designed to provide grants to wholesale-retail dealer impacted by the storms that have shown a commitment to remain in the fishery and can prove losses based on the programs design. Funds can be used by eligible wholesale-retail dealers to assist with paying down storm related uninsured and non-covered losses. Funds can be used to reduce payments of storm related fishery losses that are currently being financed at higher interest rates. Funds can be used to repair or replace gear and/ or for other eligible items that were lost or damaged during the 2008 storms. These funds will allow these firms to maintain employment and or return and or hire employees. The State will capture information on these firms at closing.

Program Size: - $8 million

Eligible: Wholesale-Retail Dealers

The WDG program is only eligible to Wholesale-Retail Dealers that hold a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries resident 2008 and 2010 wholesale-retail dealer license, be able to prove $15,000 tangible loss and/or business experienced a decline of $15,000 in gross receipts and sales in 2006, 2007 or 2008 (pre-storm) versus 2008 or 2009 (post-storm) and provide other documents.

Individuals or businesses currently in bankruptcy proceeding are NOT eligible.

Funding:                                                                                                                                                                   Applicants can apply for up to $100,000 for this 100% grant based on approval and availability of funds. If, after the close of the application period, the total request for funds exceeds the program allocation, the state will use a pro-rata allocation process to make individual awards that is based on applicants? revenue that is derived from commercial fishing.

Based on program demand at the close of the application process, the state will announce the final pro-rata formula and allocation if it is found to be necessary.

Commercial Fishermen/Vessel Owner Grant Recovery Program

The Commercial Fishermen Vessel Owner Program is designed to assist fishermen and vessel owners whose businesses have been negatively impacted by storm related losses from hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Specifically, this program pays down high-interest rate debts and provides funding for repairs and re-purchases attributed to Gustav and/or Ike. The program will work closely with other LDWF federal fishery recovery programs to ensure that qualifying applicants receive the maximum amount of funds for recovery.

Program Size: - Initial Allocation $9 million
After a six-week open application period, the program size will be determined based on the demand and response from the commercial fisheries industry.

Eligible: Commercial Fishermen and Vessel Owners
Eligible applicants are commercial fishermen that held a LDWF resident commercial fishing license in 2008 and 2010, can prove $5,000 tangible loss and/or business experienced a decline in gross receipts and sales in 2006, 2007 or 2008 (pre-storm) versus 2008 or 2009 (post-storm) and document other factors -or- held a LDWF resident vessel license in 2008 and 2010 and can document other factors.

Individuals or businesses currently in bankruptcy proceeding are NOT eligible.

Funding:
The program is open only to Louisiana licensed commercial fishermen and vessel owners that can show storm related economic impacts of losses of $5,000 or more with other appropriate financial materials. Fishermen can request up to $100,000 for this 100% grant, to address demonstrated losses and for capital needs with the 2010 fishery.
If, after the close of the application period, the total request for funds exceeds the program allocation, the state will use a pro-rata allocation process to make individual awards that is based on applicants? income that is earned from commercial fishing.

If a pro-rata allocation is necessary, applicants that earn 50% or more of their income from commercial fishing will be placed into a pool that receives a minimum of 75% of the total allocation. Applicants earning less 50% of their income from commercial fishing will be placed in into the 2nd pool and receive the remaining allocation.

Based on program demand at the close of the application process, the state will announce the final pro-rata formula and allocation between the groups if it is found to be necessary.

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