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LDWF to Begin Accepting Lake Calcasieu Oyster Permit Application September 26

Release Date: 09/15/2011

September 15, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds interested oyster harvesters that Lake Calcasieu oyster permit applications will begin being accepted at 9 a.m., Monday, September 26.  Applications may be submitted online only.

To view a sample application click here:

For more information on the Lake Calcasieu oyster permit application click here:

For questions concerning the application process, contact Cole Garrett at (225) 763-5577 or at

As required by Act 329 of the 2011 Louisiana Legislative Session, anyone seeking to commercially harvest oysters in Lake Calcasieu must have one of 126 special Oyster Harvester Permits issued by LDWF. 

Of the 126 permits available, 63 will be issued exclusively to eligible fishermen who have historically harvested in Lake Calcasieu since January 1, 2001.  The remaining 63 permits will be issued to any person who is otherwise eligible.

Permits will be valid for a period of one year beginning October 1, of a given year and ending September 30, of the following year.  Applicants are required to hold a current and valid commercial fishing license and oyster harvester license.

At its September meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2011 limit at 10 sacks per person, per vessel, per day at Lake Calcasieu.  Only the portion of the Lake known as West Cove will be open for harvest.  The season is set to open on November 1st.

Applications for permits will be available exclusively online on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website (  Permits will be issued on a first-come-first-serve basis, determined by the order in which completed applications are submitted through the LDWF website.  Online submission is the ONLY acceptable method to submit completed applications.

Completed applications will be reviewed by LDWF and permits will be issued prior to the opening of the oyster harvest season in Lake Calcasieu West Cove.

Harvesters will be required to reapply on the last Monday of September each year.

A completed application consists of the following information:  applicant’s name, physical and mailing address, phone number, commercial license number, and oyster harvester license number.

For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at or (225)610-2363.


National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festival


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) on September 23rd, 2017. 

NHFD is a national event celebrated by all 50 states on the fourth Saturday in September.  It was created in 1972 when Congress passed two bills establishing a specific day to celebrate the conservation contributions of our nation’s hunters and anglers. Forty years later, the events are still going strong.

LDWF introduced its first NHFD event in 1982 at the Monroe district office.  In the following years, three more locations were developed in Baton Rouge, Minden and Woodworth.  Today, more than 10,000 people statewide attend the celebrations, creating the largest public event for the department.

All four events are free. The number and types of exhibits vary at each location but all include exhibits on LDWF management programs, shooting and fishing demonstrations, exhibits from local chapters of Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club and CCA, and supporting businesses from the local communities. Attendees have the chance to try their skills at the shooting ranges, fishing ponds and boating activities, as well as learn about wildlife with live animals.

For more information about this national event, visit

NHFD - Baton Rouge

4142 N Flannery Rd

Baton Rouge, LA 70814

8am -1pm

(225) 765 - 2927

For the Baton Rouge event, the department will stock adult-sized channel catfish in the lake prior to the event, and anglers are urged to bring their own rod, reel and ice chest to keep their catch.

Limited bait will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  

VALID LOUISIANA FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED for individuals age 16 or older.




Woodworth Shooting Range

661 Robinson Bridge Rd

Woodworth, LA 71485

8am -1:30pm

(318) 484 - 2276



NHFD - Monroe

Ouachita Parish Rifle Range

357 Sheriff Fewell Rd

West Monroe, LA 71292

10am - 3pm

(318) 343-4044



NHFD – Minden

Bodcau Shooting Range

168 Ben Durden Rd

Haughton, LA 71037

check back for operation hours

(318) 371 - 3050

Thank You to our Sponsors

The department would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, CCA Louisiana, Coca-Cola Baton Rouge, Associated Grocers of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Fish Fry, Armstrong's Cricket Farm, CenturyLink, Ryan Auto Group, ENTERGY, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Hixson Ford of Alexandria, WoodmenLife, Doggett Equipment Services, Burger King, Sayes Office Supply, Van Mol Tire and Equipment, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and many other local business who made in-kind and monetary donations to help make these events a continued success.

Commercial King Mackerel Season to Close September 16

Release Date: 09/14/2011

September 14, 2011 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at 12 p.m., on Friday, September 16, 2011. 

The closure was made based on data gathered by LDWF biologists and the National Marine Fisheries Service, that the annual quota for king mackerel of 1.01 million pounds for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico would soon be met.  The commercial fishing season for king mackerel will also close in federal waters at noon on Friday. 

Each year, a commercial quota is established for Gulf of Mexico group king mackerel by NMFS based on recommendations by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. That figure is then divided into allocations for various zones and fisheries.  According to the best information available, the 1.01 million pound commercial quota of king mackerel for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico will be harvested by September 16, 2011.

While there are relatively few king mackerel harvested or targeted by Louisiana recreational anglers, a substantial commercial fishery does exist, which typically lands 800,000 to 900,000 pounds annually at Louisiana ports.  A significant portion of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana ports is shipped to markets in the northeast United States.

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or  For press inquiries contact Laura Deslatte-Wooderson at 225.610.2363 or

WEEKLY eNEWS: Upcoming Events, Grants, Employment Opportunities, & Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana


NSTA New Orleans Area Conference (November 10-12)
Join the NSTA 2011 New Orleans Area Conference on Science Education where the history is as colorful as the local architecture. The conference headquarters hotel is the New Orleans Marriott. Conference registration and some sessions will be at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, as will the exhibits and the NSTA Science Bookstore. Additional sessions and events will be held at the Marriott.


Great Opportunity for K-12 Public School Math and Science Teachers! (Deadline: September 16)
Looking for a way to purchase math and science classroom materials? The QSM program administered by the Gordon Cain STEM Center at LSU ( has approximately $162,000 in funds to award grants to eligible classroom teachers for the 2011-12 school year. Grants of up to $750 each for approved materials and equipment are awarded on a competitive basis to individual classroom teachers to use in providing standards-based instruction to help meet state accountability goals. Applicants must show that their proposals will enhance the quality of instruction for regular education students who are enrolled in mathematics or science classes. Only full-time classroom teachers assigned to teach mathematics or science in the K-12 regular education program in public schools are eligible to submit proposals. Go to for the full guidelines and regulations.

The North Face Explore Fund (Deadline: October 5)
The Explore Fund supports organizations that encourage youth outdoor participation, focusing primarily on creating more connections of children to nature, increasing access to both front and backcountry recreation, as well as providing education for both personal and environmental health. Grants will be given up to $2,500. For more information:

Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (Deadline: October 13)
The Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE) program supports efforts to understand and address gender-based differences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce participation through research, the diffusion of research-based innovations, and extension services in education that will lead to a larger and more diverse domestic science and engineering workforce.
Diffusion of Research-based Innovation Proposals Program Guidelines: NSF 10-516
For more information, please visit:

Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program (Deadline: October 14)
The National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Region is now seeking proposals under the Gulf of Mexico NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program. The full FY12 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found at or the following Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office URL: Applicants should apply through Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 14, 2011 to be considered for funding. Please see the FFO for all application details. The Gulf of Mexico B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) for students, related professional development for teachers, and help to support regional education and environmental priorities in the Gulf of Mexico.

National Park Service Outdoor Nation Grants (Deadline: October 14)
The Outdoor Nation Grants opportunity is awarding $2,500 to bring innovative ideas to life. This grant is designed to allow youth to tackle some of the many challenges facing young people today, from a population’s disconnect with the outdoors to a community’s overall declining health. These community based, youth led initiatives will leverage existing programs and resources including the National Park Service. For more information:


PolarTREC Now Accepting Applications for 2012 (Deadline: September 30)
PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a program in which K-12 teachers spend 2-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. The goal of PolarTREC is to advance polar science education and understanding by bringing K-12 educators and polar researchers together through hands-on field experiences. Most costs associated with participation in the program are covered. This includes travel, lodging, food, essential field gear, and substitute costs, if needed. Whether you are interested in a teacher research experience, building new professional networks, or enriching your classroom content—PolarTREC has something for every educator! For more information:


Current Event! For information pertaining to the very significant drought and related wildfires in our area of the United States, visit:
Texas Agrilife Extension Service – Click on “Wildlife Resources” and “Drought Information” for excellent information on causes of, preparation, latest maps, etc.:
Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry – Daily fire weather probability map, current burn ban map:
Texas Forest Service – map of active fires with pertinent statistics:

Climate Change Starter’s Guidebook
This publication from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) provides an introduction and overview for education planners and practitioners on the wide range of issues relating to climate change and climate change education, including causes, impacts, mitigation and adaptation strategies, as well as some broad political and economic principals. For more information:

Toolkit for Teachers to Facilitate an Air Quality Workshop
This Toolkit is designed for anyone who would like to conduct an air quality workshop for teachers. The goal of the workshop is for K-12 teachers to gain a better understanding of air quality and air pollution issues, experience hands-on activities, and gain insight into topics such as global warming and climate change, calculating a carbon footprint, and the health effects of air pollution. The knowledge gained will support the teacher’s classroom instruction and in turn will motivate and increase student’s interest in air quality. For more information:

Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at

Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255,
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124,
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries –

Ecotourism Workshop Set for Sept. 28-29 in Monroe

Release Date: 09/09/2011

Ecotourism Workshop Set for Sept. 28-29 in Monroe

Sept. 9, 2011 - A two-day workshop on developing outdoor recreation on agricultural lands has been scheduled for Sept. 28-29 at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe, La.

Sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and Mississippi State University’s Natural Resource Enterprises Program, the program will focus on developing ecotourism activities featuring wildlife and water systems on farmlands.

Guest speakers will talk about revenue potential, outdoor recreational opportunities on farmlands, how to start an outfitter business and legal concerns, as well as hunting and crawfish production, Hatch said.

Nationally known river guide John Ruskey will speak and offer a canoe trip on the first day of the workshop. The river guide and outfitter from Clarksdale, Miss., will lead two 10-person canoes on a two-hour paddle. The fee is $25.

Keynote speaker for the first day will be Daryl Jones, director of Mississippi State University’s Natural Resource Enterprises Program. Jones will present statistics about enterprise development and trends that are making outdoor recreation popular.

LSU AgCenter agritourism coordinator Dora Ann Hatch will discuss marketing enterprises, and LSU AgCenter wildlife specialist Don Reed will talk about managing private lands for fee or lease hunting.

Optional activities at the end of the first day will include a photography session and a bird-watching session offered by the Friends of the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

The second day will give participants an opportunity to learn about successful tourism programs in paddling, becoming an outfitter and legal liabilities associated with navigating waterways. Keynote speaker for day two will be Tom Potter, executive director of North Carolina Paddle Trails, who will provide information on the economic and social impacts of paddling. A panel of speakers will talk about how they got involved in paddling and offering their services to others.

After the panel, Stuart Johnson, assistant secretary in the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism Office of State Parks; Keith Casio with the Louisiana Natural and Scenic Rivers Program in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Bob Strader, Gay Brantley and Jean Mikeal with National Wildlife Refuges in Mississippi and in Monroe and Tallulah, La., will talk about state and national opportunities for nature-based tourism in their respective areas.

Registration for this event is available online at and at . The fee is $50 for single days or $75 for both days.

For more information, contact Dora Ann Hatch at 318-927-9654, ext. 229, or at or John Hanks at 318-343-4044 or .

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