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Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting August 3 in New Orleans

Release Date: 08/02/2011

The Louisiana Oyster Task Force will hold a meeting on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 10 a.m.  The meeting will take place in room 206 of the Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center located at 2045 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana.

The agenda for the meeting is below.


I.                 Roll Call

II.          New Business

       A. Cultch plant locations

      B. Oyster substitution/moratorium legislation


For more information contact Laura Deslatte-Wooderson at or (225)610-2363.


L.D.W.F. to Lease Catahoula Lake Acreage for Haying

Release Date: 08/01/2011

August 1, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be leasing areas for cutting hay around Catahoula Lake as part of the department’s 10-year management and research plan to improve waterfowl habitat.

A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held in September when exact locations, acreages and timeframes will be specified.  Approximate acreage available could include a 270-acre unit and a 500-acre unit, although unit sizes and the number of units may change in advance of bids being accepted. Hay collection will be allowed from the date winning bids are awarded through Oct. 31. Individuals who have notified LDWF of their interest in participating will be notified in advance of the pre-bid meeting.

The department’s experimental management plan for the lake will include varying water levels, utilizing a variety of vegetation control activities such as hay cutting, and collection of vegetation data from permanent monitoring plots. Through analysis of this data, the department hopes to determine effective measures that can be implemented to control woody vegetation on the lake.

For more information, or to have your name placed on a bid notification list, contact Steve Smith at 318-487-5885 or or Paul Link at 225-765-2358 or


Reviving Eunice City Lake

Release Date: 07/29/2011


$1 million rehabilitation project scheduled for lake in central Louisiana

July 29, 2011 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the City of Eunice plan to launch a project to rehabilitate Eunice City Lake after a Union Pacific Railroad explosion in May 2000 potentially released hazardous materials and chemicals into the surrounding area. 

Thirty-three of the 113 cars making up an eastbound Union Pacific Railroad train derailed northwest of Eunice, Louisiana.  The derailment occurred on a bridge crossing an unnamed tributary to Bayou Des Cannes.  Fifteen of the derailed cars contained a variety of hazardous materials and chemicals, and two rail cars exploded, potentially sending their contents into the surrounding area, including Eunice City Lake. 

The total amount for environmental rehabilitation projects that will be executed by the LWFF and LDWF exceeds $1 million.  After all claimants had been paid following the incident, residual funds were left in the account.  The Honorable Richard T. Haik of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, the presiding Judge overseeing the train derailment litigation, awarded the monies to the LWFF to fund the improvement projects on the lake.

Although it was determined that there were no health risks involved in eating fish from the lake, concerns about fish contamination discouraged recreational use of the lake.  Improvement projects will include draining the lake, removing the existing fish population and restocking the lake with bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and sac-a-lait.

Existing facilities will also be revitalized to accommodate those seeking an outdoor recreational refuge within the community.  A large pavilion will be constructed as a revenue generating space available to the community for private outdoor events.

Other site improvements include the construction of a deck and pier, restroom facility, picnic pavilions, nature walk, welcome center and asphalt road and parking.  Repairs will be made to the existing fishing and boat dock, boat slip and the existing lake control structure will be replaced. 

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries 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.

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

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-5113. 

LDWF Releases 2010 Atchafalaya Basin Fishing Survey Results

Release Date: 07/28/2011


July 28, 2011 – In an effort to better capture the requests of the fishing community of the Atchafalaya Basin, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)  issued surveys to 2,000 resident recreational fishermen within 60 miles of the basin.  In addition to biological data, department biologists recognize the importance of angler opinion in fish management.   The intent of the survey was to determine desired management for bass in waters than include the Atchafalaya Basin, Henderson Lake and the Verret/Grassy/Palourde Complex. 

Preferences for bass regulations in all three water bodies varied based upon regional differences of respondents. 

For the Atchafalaya Basin, results show that the majority of survey respondents want to keep the current 10 fish daily limit for bass.  This finding was constant among all survey respondents.  Results for desired creel limits in Henderson Lake and the Verret/Grassy/Palourde Complex were less pronounced.  The most common response was a preference for the current 10 fish daily limit. 

Responses indicate Atchafalaya Basin anglers are satisfied with the current 14-inch minimum size limit.  Angler opinions for bass size limits in Henderson Lake were similar to those for the Atchafalaya Basin, with 36 percent of responses indicating a desire to keep the current size limit.  However, opinion differed for the Verret/Grassy/Palourde Complex.  Thirty-seven percent of responses indicated a preference to decrease or remove the size limit. 

For all three water bodies, results show that respondents who prefer lower creel limits also prefer no change to the current size limit.  Anglers who prefer increased daily limits want to eliminate or reduce the current 14-inch size limit. 

To access the full report on the survey results, visit

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

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-5113. 

application/pdf icon 2010 Atchafalaya, Henderson, and Verret Black Bass Survey (formatted for duplex printing)

Teachers Complete WETSHOP Training at L.D.W.F. Fisheries Research Lab

Release Date: 07/28/2011

WETSHOP - Water Quality Test
WETSHOP - Netting

July 28, 2011-- Twenty enthusiastic teachers from 12 parishes participated in the 13th Annual WETSHOP hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) on Grand Isle during the week of July 10-15.

WETSHOP is coordinated by the LDWF Education Program and is focused on providing 4th grade through high school teachers an in-depth look at issues related to wetland ecology and coastal land loss in Louisiana. Over 250 teachers have participated in the program since it began in 1998.

Utilizing LDWF’s Fisheries Research Lab facilities, participating teachers attended 55hours of instruction over six days and covered a wide variety of topics including wetland ecology, fisheries management and coastal restoration. A portion of each day was devoted to field instruction on subject matter involving maritime forests, beach ecology, coastal restoration projects, bird life, marsh and swamp habitats, and marine organisms. 

Participating teachers are prepared to teach their students about coastal ecology and the threats facing coastal Louisiana, as well as teach other teachers so they can effectively educate even more students regarding coastal issues.  The “train the trainer” model expands WETSHOP’s impact to an estimated 40,000 students.

WETSHOP is sponsored by LDWF with grant funding provided by the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) and the Louisiana Systemic Initiatives Program (LaSIP).  In addition to this funding, WETSHOP is a collaborative effort with partners that provide experts in their field for presentations and educational materials.  These agencies/organizations include:  BTNEP, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, LDWF, The Nature Conservancy-Louisiana, Louisiana College Sea Grant Program, theCoastal Planning, Protection and Restoration Act and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.

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.govon Facebook at follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For additional information, contact Angela Capello at 318-748-6999 or .

Environmental Education Commission Meeting Scheduled for August 9th

Release Date: 07/28/2011


JULY 28, 2011– The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission will meet in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. in the Louisiana Room at theLouisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters located at 2000 Quail Drive.

I.      Call to order

II.      Roll Call/Sign-in

III.      Minutes from last 3 meetings

IV.      Financial Report

V.      Coordinator’s Report

VI.      Old Business

          A.     2012 Symposium Committee

                   1.      Complete committee sign-ups

                   2.      Timeline discussion & vote

                   3.      Symposium hotel update

                   4.      Keynote speaker

          B.     Environmental Literacy Plan

          C.     Art & Language Arts Contest updates

VII.      New Business

          A.     Nominating Committee appointments

          B.     Art & Language Arts theme

          C.    Outreach ideas

                  1.      Beach trash workshop

                  2.      Floating island lesson

          D.    Change of meeting dates for discussion

VIII.      Announcements

IX.      Next Meeting Dates: November 8, 2011 (Louisiana Room), March 3, 2012 (at Symposium in Alexandria), May 8, 2012

X.      Adjournment

For more information, contact Venise Ortego at or (337) 948-0255.



L.D.W.F. Reopening Sherburne Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 07/28/2011

July 28, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will re-open Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) effective Aug. 1, 2011.

The public shooting ranges that include the rifle, handgun, archery and shotgun range 1 are included in the Aug. 1 re-opening of those areas within the WMA which had remained closed since spring floodwater prompted LDWF to close the site in May. The public is reminded that LA 975 south from US Hwy. 190 remains closed.  Access to the site is restricted to LA 975 from I-10 to the Sherburne WMA Headquarters.

For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at or 337-948-0255 or Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or .

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