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LDWF, LSU Begin Initial Phase of Oyster Reef Rehabilitation

Release Date: 06/02/2011

 

June 2, 2011 - Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists along with Louisiana Sea Grant scientists, deployed more than 100 million oyster larvae and 500,000 oyster spat (or immature oysters approximately one-quarter inch in size.)  This joint effort between LDWF and Louisiana State University (LSU), is part of a $500,000 grant provided to LSU to help rehabilitate vital oyster grounds impacted by hurricanes in the last six years. 

The oyster larvae and spat were released in the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation, located in north Barataria Bay.  The specimens were deployed on test plots of reef to enable biologists to track progress.

This effort is the first of many ventures to help rehabilitate Louisiana’s oyster grounds.  The state plans to institute similar deployments of larvae and spat on other public grounds and private leases. 

Figures prior to the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010 indicate that Louisiana produces approximately one-third of all oysters harvested in the U.S. and 50 percent of oysters harvested in the Gulf of Mexico.  

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Laura Wooderson with LDWF at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or 225.610.2363.

 

Since its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant (www.laseagrant.org) has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs. Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant Program.

For more information about Louisiana Sea Grant contact Roy Kron at (225)578-6451 or rkron@lsu.edu

L.W.F.C. BRIEFED ON PROPOSED CHANGES FOR 2012 WILD TURKEY SEASON

Release Date: 06/02/2011

 

June 2, 2011 --The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) today summarized the changes in the turkey hunting regulations that it expects to make when the formal season proposal is made at the July meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.  The department expects to propose two turkey hunting zones with different opening dates.
 
It is expected that the season would open in the south on the Saturday closest to March 22, and in the north on the Saturday closest to March 29. Youth turkey hunt weekends would be set a week prior to the season openings.
 
The length of the turkey season would vary and be based on the area A, B and C breakdowns similar to that used in 2011. The zone boundaries will be announced at the July commission meeting when the formal turkey season notice of intent is presented. A 60-day comment period will begin then to gather public input on the proposed season framework and WMA regulations.
 
Turkey Program Study Leader Jimmy Stafford told commission meeting attendees that the 2011 floodwaters may impact seasons along the Mississippi River, but that impact is still to be determined.

 

For more information, contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@wlf.la.gov.

 

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

Events, Workshops, Call for Entries/Nominations, Lagniappe

EVENTS

You're Invited: To the unveiling of the new USGS map
How Have Louisiana Wetlands Changed Over Time?
You're invited to a press conference to unveil a new USGS map showing wetland losses and gains since 1932 at the Louisiana State Capitol, House Committee Room 3, Baton Rouge, LA on June 2, 2011, 1:00 PM. For more information, contact Jennifer Lavista: JLAVISTA@USGS.GOV or 720-480-7875

Ocean Camp (June 7-24)
A unique theme for each week; choose one or all!
          June 7-10       Animal Explorers
          June 14-17     Animal Experts
          June 21-24     Dive Deep Explorers                          
Faulkner State Community College, Gulf Shores Campus
$100 per 4-day wk
Ages 4-8, 9 am-12 noon
Ages 9-12, 1 pm – 4pm
REGISTER NOW! Call 251-990-0445 or 800-231-3752, www.facebook.com/oceancamp
Contact: Belinda Ringpfeil, Certified Science Teacher, oceancamp@gmail.com or 205-936-9892

Outdoor Nation 2011 Regional Youth Summits
Outdoor Nation, an initiative of the Outdoor Foundation, is a national movement of young adults aged 18-26 passionate about the outdoors. Through entertainment, education, engagement and action, Outdoor Nation and its community of ‘Outsiders’ work to dramatically increase and expand youth participation in the outdoors – resulting in a healthier, more active generation.
          Denver Location: Cherry Creek State Park
          Regional Summit July 22-24th
          Summer Fun Day July 23rd
          New York City Location: Aviator Sports and Event Center, Floyd Bennett Field, Gateway National Recreation Area
          Regional Summit June 24-26th
          Summer Fun Day June 25th
          Atlanta Location: Clark Atlanta University
          Regional Summit July 8-10th
          Summer Fun Day at Sweetwater Creek State Park July 9th
          Minneapolis Location: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Saint Paul
          Regional Summit July 15-17th
          Summer Fun Day at For Snelling State Park July 16th
          San Francisco Location: The Presidio, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
          Regional Summit July 29-31st
          Summer Fun Day July 30th
The weekend event is completely free and includes lodging and food. Even more exciting is that Outdoor Nation can arrange to have a bus to take the delegates from the DFW area to Denver for the summit – free transportation – if 40 delegates from the area –  sign up to attend.
Apply through the Outdoor Nation website at http://www.outdoornation.org/page/summits-2
Contact: Rose Banzhaf 469-235-9963
Informational flyer is attached below.

 

WORKSHOPS

LUMCON's Gulf Lagniappe – Dead Zone (June 4)
This Saturday (June 4, 2011) LUMCON’s Gulf Lagniappe adult education workshop series focuses on “Dead Zones” with speaker Dr. Nancy Rabalais, LUMCON Executive Director & Professor. This workshop will feature a talk by Dr. Rabalais about low dissolved oxygen events known as dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico. Follow up activities include a trip aboard the Research Vessel Acadiana out into Terrebonne Bay where participants will learn more about water quality issues, including how the recent flooding of the Mississippi River may impact the Gulf of Mexico. Participants will also be given the chance to measure water quality themselves. There are still plenty of spaces available. The cost is $10/person. Lunch is provided. Check-in begins at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie at 8:30 am on June 4, 2011. 
Contact: Murt Conover mconover@lumcon.edu, (985) 851-2860 or Holly Hebert  hhebert@lumcon.edu, (985) 851-2842

GIS Tools for Strategic Conservation Planning (June 13-16, 2011)
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Estuarine Education Center – Gautier, Mississippi

This four-day course (8:30 am–5:00 pm each day), co-taught by staff members from the NOAA Coastal Services Center and The Conservation Fund, teaches students how to apply geographic information system (GIS) tools, methodologies, and analyses to strategic conservation planning using a “green infrastructure” approach. Students will use data sets from coastal areas to develop conservation priorities and strategies to address a realistic conservation scenario. Please see attached flyer for workshop overview and prerequisites. The workshop fee is $45.00 and includes all course materials.
*Registration Required* Limited to 20 Participants! For more information about this workshop and to register, visit us online at: http://guest.cvent.com/d/ydqy5j
Contact:  Michael Shelton, michael.shelton@dcnr.alabama.gov or Avia Huisman, avia.huisman@dmr.ms.gov
Informational flyer is attached below.

LEP Conference (July 28-30, 2011)
Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the southwest and learn how Aldo Leopold developed his concept of a land ethic. Discover ways that various communities, organizations, agencies and individuals are creating their own sense of land ethics and sharing it with youth and families across the United States. Investigate Leopold’s roots as a forester, visit his first job site/homestead where he managed the land and listen to stories of long ago. Learn new ideas, techniques and resources that will enhance your own educational programs through exceptional seminars, field trips and speakers — simply, an event not to miss!
For Information on Registration, Chapter Scholarship Forms, and Call for Proposals please contact: Janine Kohn at 651-209-4971 or jkohn@pheasantsforever.org
Informational flyers areattached below.

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES / NOMINATIONS

Gulf of Mexico Citizen Advisory Committee Request for Nominations Federal Register Notice
The Gulf of Mexico Citizen Advisory Committee Request for Nominations Federal Register Notice is attached (nomination details may be found in the document). EPA is establishing the Gulf of Mexico Citizen Advisory Committee (GMCAC) to provide independent citizen advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental issues affecting the five Gulf of Mexico Coastal States. Members serve as representatives of citizens and citizen groups.
Informational flyer is attached below.

Call for Papers - 2012 National Water Quality Monitoring Conference (Deadline: September 23, 2011)
National Water Quality Monitoring Council’s (NWQMC) 8th National Monitoring Conference – Water: One Resource – Shared Effort – Common Future to be held in Portland, Oregon from April 30 - May 4, 2012. This conference will focus on the many facets of water quality and quantity monitoring for improved understanding, protection, and restoration of our natural resources and communities.  It is a centerpiece forum that generally attracts 500-800 water practitioners from all backgrounds, including federal, state, local, tribal, volunteer, academic, private, and other water stakeholders.  Attendees exchange information about water monitoring, assessment, research, protection, restoration, and management; learn about new findings on the quality of the Nation's streams and rivers, groundwater, estuaries, lakes and wetlands; and develop new skills and professional networks.  The conference includes presentations, panels, poster sessions, exhibits, hands-on interactive workshops and field trips, as well as time for after-hours meetings and networking. For the first time, this biennial conference and River Network’s National River Rally are coordinating an overlap day (May 4th) with mutually developed themes and presentations geared toward fostering improved collaboration between government and nonprofit groups working together for clean water. All abstracts must be received no later than September 23, 2011. For additional conference information or to submit an abstract go to: http://acwi.gov/monitoring/conference/2012/index.html

 

LAGNIAPPE

WILD READ Virtual Book Club
Award-winning novelist and poet Margaret Atwood is among the moderators who will guide readers through discussions on America's WILD READ, a virtual book club that will engage and inspire people to connect with the outdoors. In addition to Atwood, WILD READ discussion moderators include Kris Hoellen, green infrastructure expert with The Conservation Fund; Laura Bies, an attorney with The Wildlife Society; the National Wildlife Federation's Danielle Brigida; and Dr. Drew Bell, an ant expert. We want to hear YOUR stories on how you connect with nature and how this connection influences the decisions you make. The power of a story can stir our imaginations, even as we look hard science in the eye and envision our conservation future. Visit the WILD READ today at http://AmericasWildlife.org/WildRead so you won't miss a minute of the discussion.
Contact: Anne Post, Conservation Library, anne_post@fws.gov, 304-876-7399

Here is a great reusable skirt idea from Martha Stewart:
http://www.marthastewart.com/267528/diy-shift-dress?xsc=eml_crd_2011_05_31

LDWF Announces 2012 Duck Stamp Contest

Release Date: 05/31/2011

May 31, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced the contest rules for the 2012 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp, or Louisiana Duck Stamp, competition.

“The competition returned to a featured waterfowl species two years ago and the artists competing were allowed to choose the species they wished to illustrate,” said Larry Reynolds, LDWF Waterfowl Program Manager. “The 2010 contest was won with a striking pair of northern pintails in flight, and the winning design for the 2011 stamp was a pair of incredibly realistic wood ducks. Allowing the artist to choose the featured species has resulted in a variety of quality entries for the last two contests, and again this year competitors can choose the species to be featured, except for northern pintails or wood ducks."

Any species of waterfowl known to winter in Louisiana, other than northern pintail and wood duck, can be the subject of this year’s contest for the 2012 stamp with the requirement that associated habitat is also featured.

“The main objective of the fund raising element of this program is to provide resources to create, enhance, and maintain habitat for waterfowl and associated wetland wildlife,” said Reynolds. “That is why a habitat component is required in each entry and is one of the five judging criteria.” 

To enter, an artist must submit an original, unpublished work of art, along with a signed and notarized artist's agreement and a $50 entry fee. 

Entries should be addressed to:
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attn: Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Program
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Entries will be accepted from Monday, October 17 through Tuesday, October 25, 2011 with the contest judging to be held in the Louisiana Room at the LDWF Baton Rouge headquarters building starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.  The public is invited to attend.

Please visit this link to view the 2012 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition artist agreement and full list of rules:
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/2012-louisiana-duck-stamp-contest

The Louisiana Legislature authorized the Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program in 1988.  The program was created to generate revenues for conservation and enhancement of waterfowl populations and habitats in Louisiana.  During the last 22 years, over $10 million has been generated for wetland conservation with approximately $5 million spent on land acquisition.  In addition, revenues have supported wetland development projects on Wildlife Management Areas and the Louisiana Waterfowl Project, a cooperative endeavor between LDWF, Ducks Unlimited and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide habitat for waterfowl and other wetland birds on private lands.

Judging for the art competition will be based on the following criteria:

1. Accuracy of form, size, proportion, color and posture.
2. Level and accuracy of detail in all aspects of the waterfowl.
3. Appropriateness, accuracy and detail in depiction of the habitat.
4. Attractiveness and creativity in composition, subject, background and lighting.
5. Suitability for reproduction as stamps and prints.

A panel of judges with experience in waterfowl biology and/or artistic method will select the winning design. The competition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older.  Employees of LDWF and members of their immediate families are ineligible.

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF

10 DWI Arrests Made on the Water During Memorial Day Weekend

Release Date: 05/31/2011

May 31, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents made 10 driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) arrests statewide this Memorial Day Weekend.

The penalties for DWI on the water are the same as on the road.  Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver's license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.  Also, each offense of operating a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated counts toward the total number of DWI crimes whether they happened on the water or road.

LDWF Strikeforce agents made DWI cases against Rouddy A. Pierce, 43, of Galliano, on Bayou Blue in Lafourche Parish on May 28; Brandon B. Vice, 25, of Houma, on the Intracoastal Waterway in Terrebonne Parish on May 29; and Phillip J. Trahna, 25, of Gibson, on the Intracoastal Waterway in Terrebonne Parish on May 29.  Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Michael Williams participated in these DWI arrests.

Agents in Livingston Parish made DWI cases on the Tickfaw River against David A. Weber, 48, of Destrehan, on May 28; Wilbert K. Black, 53, of Kenner, on May 29; and Michael E. Triplett, 31, of Flora, Miss., on May 29.  Sgt. Toby Miller, Senior Agent Brody Roberts and Senior Agent Clay Marques participated in these DWI arrests.

On Toledo Bend, Lt. Bill Tyree and Senior Agent Eric Droddy made one DWI case against Caster D. Caisson, 56, of Duson, on May 30.

Agents in the northwestern part of the state made DWI cases against Austin Frye, 21, of Arcadia, on Lake Claiborne in Claiborne Parish on May 30; and Marcus Hooker, 39, of Logansport, on the Sabine River in Desoto Parish on May 28.  Sgt. Ryan Brasher, Senior Agent Joey Melton and Senior Agent Michael Dunn participated in these cases.

Agents made a DWI case against James Davis Jr., 66, of Newellton, on the backwater of the Mississippi River on May 30.  Senior Agent Johnny Wilson, Sgt. Joe Chandler and Senior Agent Leya Grover participated in this case.

"Alcohol use and operating a boat do not mix as it impairs a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time," said Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, the state's boating law administrator.  "Alcohol also increases fatigue and intensifies the effect from the sun, wind and movement while on the water.  All of these alcohol related side effects have shown an increase in fatal boating crash incidents in Louisiana and the country."

LDWF agents issued 216 DWI citations to boat operators in 2009.  Alcohol use was listed as the leading primary cause of fatal boating crash incidents accounting for 24 percent or six deaths in Louisiana in 2009. 

In Louisiana a DWI can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.  First offense DWI on the water or on the road carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.  Second offense DWI brings a $750 to $1,000 fine and between 30 days and six months in jail.  Third offense DWI carries a $5,000 fine and between one and five years in jail.  Every DWI offense is also subject to a suspension of driving a vehicle and operating a boat privileges.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.

 

Louisiana Saltwater Series - Empire, The Delta Marina (Championship)

Date: 
Fri, 10/07/2011 - Sat, 10/08/2011

Location: Empire, The Delta Marina

 

The Louisiana Saltwater Series was developed by LDWF in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote the conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources.  Through this catch-and-release saltwater fishing series, LDWF strives to enhance the resource while providing a competitive opportunity for avid fishermen and newcomers alike.

 

The 2011 LASS will be comprised of 7 fishing events and will target the tag and release of one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  Data collected from the tournament entries will serve as a valuable tool for LDWF fisheries managers and biologists to better understand the life history and habitat of sport fish.

 

For more information, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

Louisiana Saltwater Series - Port Fourchon, Moran’s Marina

Date: 
Sat, 08/20/2011

 

Location: Port Fourchon, Moran’s Marina

 

The Louisiana Saltwater Series was developed by LDWF in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote the conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources.  Through this catch-and-release saltwater fishing series, LDWF strives to enhance the resource while providing a competitive opportunity for avid fishermen and newcomers alike.

 

The 2011 LASS will be comprised of 7 fishing events and will target the tag and release of one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  Data collected from the tournament entries will serve as a valuable tool for LDWF fisheries managers and biologists to better understand the life history and habitat of sport fish.

 

For more information, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

Louisiana Saltwater Series - Slidell, Dockside Bait and Tackle/The Dock

Date: 
Sat, 07/23/2011

Location: Slidell, Dockside Bait and Tackle/The Dock

 

The Louisiana Saltwater Series was developed by LDWF in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote the conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources.  Through this catch-and-release saltwater fishing series, LDWF strives to enhance the resource while providing a competitive opportunity for avid fishermen and newcomers alike.

 

The 2011 LASS will be comprised of 7 fishing events and will target the tag and release of one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  Data collected from the tournament entries will serve as a valuable tool for LDWF fisheries managers and biologists to better understand the life history and habitat of sport fish.

 

For more information, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

Louisiana Saltwater Series - Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina

Date: 
Sat, 06/18/2011

Location:  Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina

 

The Louisiana Saltwater Series was developed by LDWF in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote the conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources.  Through this catch-and-release saltwater fishing series, LDWF strives to enhance the resource while providing a competitive opportunity for avid fishermen and newcomers alike.

 

The 2011 LASS will be comprised of 7 fishing events and will target the tag and release of one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  Data collected from the tournament entries will serve as a valuable tool for LDWF fisheries managers and biologists to better understand the life history and habitat of sport fish.

 

For more information, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

Amended Agenda for June Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 05/31/2011

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, June 2, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

1. Roll Call

2. Approval of Minutes of May 5, 2011 and May 13, 2011

3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4. To hear Report on State’s Current Reef Program Including a Scheduled of Planned Reefs and Future Plans for Reef Development and Inshore and Offshore Enhanced Fishing Areas

5. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/May

6. To present public comments on Waterfowl Zone Alternatives

7. To present Ducks Unlimited Project Progress

8. To hear an Update on WMA Reforestation Program

9. To receive general information on Upcoming 2012 Wild Turkey Season and Regulations Recommendations

10. Set October 2011 Meeting Date

11. Receive Public Comments

12. Adjournment
 

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