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Agenda Announced for Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission August Meeting

Release Date: 07/29/2010

The next regular public board meeting has been scheduled by the Commission for 9:30 A.M. on Thursday, August 5, 2010, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.
1.         Roll Call
2.         Approval of Minutes of July 8, 2010 and July 14, 2010
3.         Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
4.         To receive and hear Update on Oil Spill and Current Response Efforts
5.         To receive and hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/July
6.         To receive and consider Tentative Dates on Waterfowl Season and Public Comment on Canada Goose Closure Zone
7.         To receive and consider Contingency Plan for Waterfowl Season due to Oil Spill
8.         To receive and hear General Information Presentation on WMA Forest Management
9.         To receive and consider Declaration of Emergency on Setting Opening Dates for the 2010 Fall Inshore Shrimp Season
10.       To receive and consider Declaration of Emergency for the 2010-2011 Oyster Season on Public Oyster Areas
11.       To receive and consider Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill
12.       Set December 2010 Meeting Date
13.       Receive Public Comments
14.       Adjournment
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LDWF and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Announce Large-scale Opening to Recreational Fishing

Release Date: 07/14/2010

Today Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced significant openings to recreational fishing.  With this action, approximately 86 percent of recreational fishing in Louisiana will be open immediately today, July 14.

"The measures taken today by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will allow recreational anglers, including recreational shrimping, crabbing and fishing, to resume," said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  "While I am pleased and fully support today?s action, I caution all fishermen to exercise caution while fishing in areas closed to commercial fishing."

This opening includes licensed charter boat guides and bait fishermen or dealers who harvest for and sell to recreational fishermen exclusively.

Recreational fishing is being allowed subject to continual testing and monitoring, as this activity is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.  To date the Environmental Protection Agency?s near shore water tests have shown chemical contamination levels below public health concern.

"I consider today's action the first step in opening state waters to all fishing, both recreational and commercial," added Barham.

Although recreational fishing will be allowed in portions of the previously closed fishing areas, certain delineated areas, including heavily oiled areas, areas associated with boom and areas of active cleanup continue to be closed to recreational fishing.

It is advised that recreational fishermen avoid areas where oil is observed, respect oil cleanup and removal activities and stay clear of areas being protected by boom material.  Smell and examine catch closely to ensure that there are no obvious oil or chemical residues.  Recreational fishermen fishing in areas closed to commercial fishermen do so at their own risk.

All previously issued commercial fishing closures remain in place.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us onwww.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter as @GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts athttp://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information contact Marianne Burke at mburke@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2917.

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LOUISIANA WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES COMMISSION CALLS SPECIAL MEETING

Release Date: 07/13/2010

 

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING:

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has called a special meeting for 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, 2010 to consider opening areas closed to all fishing due to the BP oil spill to recreational fishing only. The meeting will be held in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The agenda is as follows:

1.    Roll call

2.   Consideration of Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent to allow recreational fishing only in those areas closed to all fishing due to the BP oil spill.

3.   Receive public comments

4.   Adjournment

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Overturns Decision to Allow Recreational Catch and Release Fishing in Closed Areas

Release Date: 07/08/2010

 

Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission chose to reinstitute a complete closure to recreational fishing in all Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries closure areas.  This action by the commission reverses the Secretary of the Department?s decision earlier this week to allow the recreational catch and release of finfish in closed areas.

Fishermen may continue to transit through closed areas with fish legally harvested from open waters but may not fish in any closed area.

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

The Secretary's authority for these closures limits the duration of his actions to seven days following the next scheduled monthly commission meeting and requires the Commission to revisit the Secretary's action to extend the effective date . The Commission heard extensive public testimony before voting to remove the allowance of recreational catch and release fishing in the closed areas.

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 and maps on current LDWF closures go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.

For more information, please contact Marianne Burke at (225) 765-2917 or mburke@wlf.la.gov.

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