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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Hunter and Boater Safety Programs Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Release Date: 07/13/2018

The LDWF Hunter and Boater Safety Programs are currently experiencing technical difficulties with their computer systems.  Information Technology staff are working diligently to correct the problem.  These issues may result in additional delays in hunting and boating safety students receiving their permanent cards, as well as delays in processing requests for military/police hunter education exemptions. 

For customers needing replacement hunter or boater education cards, the duplicate card request system on the LDWF website is fully functional and can be accessed through the links below.  LDWF will temporarily be unable to fulfill in-person and telephone requests for duplicate hunting and boating safety cards.

 

To request a duplicate hunter safety card visit: http://hbscards.wlf.louisiana.gov/

To request a duplicate boating safety card visit: http://boatercards.wlf.louisiana.gov/

 

Louisiana Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through July 1

Release Date: 07/13/2018

The latest catch statistics for recreational red snapper recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' near real-time landings data collection program, are 344,029 pounds, or 46 percent of Louisiana’s allocation of 743,000 pounds. It is important to note that these data do not cover the full Fourth of July holiday week (only the weekend ending July 1).  That week, on average yields higher landings than other weeks. 

 

The season reopened this morning at 12:01a.m.  for weekends only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). The weekend-only season will continue to run until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation. 
  
This year, state and federal seasons are running concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ application for an  Exempted Fishing Permit  to manage the private recreational snapper season in state and federal waters in 2018 and 2019. Under the EFP, participating anglers are allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal EEZ, from shore to 200 nautical miles. 
  
For more information on the 2018 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper .

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF Schedules Drawdown on Henderson Lake in St. Martin Parish

Release Date: 07/12/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is working with the St. Martin Parish Government, the Town of Henderson and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a drawdown on Henderson Lake in St. Martin Parish beginning in August 2018.
 
The drawdown is part of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control several aquatic nuisance plants including hydrilla, water hyacinth and giant salvinia. The drawdown will also improve sport fish habitat through the drying and compacting of bottom sediments throughout the lake.
 
The water control structure is scheduled to open the first week of August, and the lake level will be lowered at a rate of approximately 2 to 4 inches per day until it reaches the desired height of 3 feet below pool stage, or 6 feet mean sea level at the United States Geological Survey Lake Pelba gauge. At this level, the flats directly north and south of the I-10 Bridge that experience chronic issues with nuisance aquatic plants will be exposed to air and sunlight.
 
The drawdown gates are scheduled to close November 1, 2018, to allow the lake to refill for winter and early spring recreational activities. 

Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised for boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of cypress stumps and other underwater obstructions.
 
The current LDWF Lake Henderson Management Plan can be viewed at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland   
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Brac Salyers, LDWF Biologist Manager, at bsalyers@wlf.la.gov or (337) 262-2080. 

LWFC Allots Breeding Waterfowl Habitat Conservation Funds to Delta Waterfowl and Ducks Unlimited

Release Date: 07/06/2018

July 5, 2018 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) voted Tuesday (July 3) to allocate Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries dedicated funding for development and preservation of migratory waterfowl breeding grounds to Delta Waterfowl and Ducks Unlimited for three years.
 
Since 1965, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has provided funding to support conservation of breeding-grounds habitat for migratory waterfowl and by statute allocates a portion of annual hunting license revenue for that purpose.
 
Ducks Unlimited will receive two-thirds and Delta Waterfowl one-third of the allocation in each of three consecutive fiscal years including 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 that is to be used for protecting, restoring and enhancing breeding habitat for migratory waterfowl. 
 
In response to a Commission RFP in April, proposals were presented to the Commission in June by Delta Waterfowl and Ducks Unlimited. Each group was seeking funding that comes from 10 percent of LDWF hunting license sales.
  
In the last eight years, an average of $319,465 annually has been awarded in two-year or three-year contracts for the protection, restoration and enhancement of breeding waterfowl habitat. The last contract expired on June 30, 2018.
 

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Shrimp Task Force Meeting Scheduled for July 11

Release Date: 07/06/2018

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.              Pledge of Allegiance 

II.            Roll call and Introduction of Guests

III.          Approval of the April 25, 2018 meeting minutes and of the July 11, 2018 Agenda

IV.          Treasury Report

A.    Budget Report- LDWF

B.    Financial Disclosure Filing Reminder

V.            Federal Shrimp Permit Report-STF

VI.          New Business

A.     Discussion of Shrimp Prices- STF

B.     To Hear a Presentation of Survey Results from the 2018 LFF Sediment Diversion Panel and Discussion- Sea Grant

C.    To Discuss STF Seat Vacancies and Member Absentee and Alternate Fill-In Notices- STF

D.    Officer Elections and Alternate Designees

VII.        Public Comment

VIII.      Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4342777751995541249

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.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup.For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov.;The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 07/06/2018

July 05, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has scheduled a drawdown of Lake Bistineau (Webster, Bossier, and Bienville Parishes) .  The drawdown is designed to reduce the further expansion of salvinia as summer temperatures promote maximum growth.  The drawdown will also benefit fisheries production by improving aquatic habitat and reducing the amount of organic matter on the lake bottom.

The water control structure is scheduled to be opened on July 23, 2018, and the lake should dewater at a rate of 4-6 inches per day.  The maximum drawdown level will be 8 feet below normal pool stage.  Aquatic habitat conditions in the lake will be evaluated during the drawdown to determine the most appropriate time to end the drawdown and allow the lake to refill for early spring recreational activities.  

The Lake Bistineau Waterbody Management Plan is designed to give recreational boaters most of the summer to enjoy traditional use of the lake prior to water levels dropping.  Due to the large watershed of the lake and the rapid growth rate of giant salvinia, the likelihood of an effective drawdown is diminished with a later start date.  A July start date has provided the most predictable results in recent years.  

During the drawdown, an estimated 10,000 acres of water will remain in the lake.  Boaters can access the lake from the following public boat launches:  Port of Bistineau Launch, Bossier Public Launch, Grice’s, and Bayou Dorcheat Public Launch.  Boaters are advised to use caution during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater obstructions.  

This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve the Lake Bistineau sport fishery. An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.  Herbicide applications and weevil stockings will continue during the drawdown period.

The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland

For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.  

Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force Sets Agenda for July 12 Meeting in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 07/05/2018

Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force
Meeting Agenda
9:00am    
 12 July 2018
LDWF, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
 
 
 
I.          Call to Order
 
II.        Roll Call
 
III.       Announcements and Introductions
 
IV.       Approval of meeting minutes – 26 April 2018
 
V.        Old Business
           
            A. Final Rule of Feral Hog Transport (LAS 76:V.130) NOI
 
            B. Legislative action regarding feral hog transport (HB 226)
 
            C. Update on Hoggone® trials
 
            D. Website update
 
VI.       New Business
 
            A. Changes to EPA registration of Kaput®
           
            B. WMA Hog trapping numbers (1 Jan to 18 June)
 
            C. Farm Bill provisions for hog control
           
            D. Hog trap demonstration – Terry Ward and Jacob Rome
           
            E. Other
 
VII.     Public Comments
 
VIII.    Announcement of next meeting date – 11 October 2018 (Election of Officers for 2019)
 
IX.       Adjournment
 
 

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LDWF Agents Make 10 DWI’s on the Water During Operation Dry Water Weekend

Release Date: 07/04/2018

In support of Operation Dry Water, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division arrested 10 boaters statewide for alleged driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1.

 

On June 30 agents arrested:

Justin Rodriquez, 30, of Shreveport, on Lake Claiborne in Claiborne Parish;

Arnaud Cox, 58, of Chalmette, on Bayou La Loutre in St. Bernard Parish;

Aaron McKay, 21, of Osyka, Miss., on Black River Lake in Concordia Parish;

Donavan Dauzat, 29, of Marksville, on the Red River in Avoyelles Parish;

Theodore Gordon, 53, of Lake Charles, on the Calcasieu River in Calcasieu Parish;

Vernis Broussard III, 24, of Baton Rouge, on the Amite River in Livingston Parish;

Jay Aucoin, 40, of Stephensville, on the Belle River in St. Martin Parish;

Stevie Jones, 51, of Pierre Part, on Lake Verret in Assumption Parish; all for DWI on the water.

 

On July 1 agents arrested Darren Hagan, 54, of Springfield, on the Tickfaw River in Livingston Parish; and Mahrle Norman, 63, of Bayou L’Ourse, on Bayou Milhome in St. Martin Parish; for DWI on the water.

 

In Louisiana, a DWI on the water carries the same penalties and fines as on the road and includes jail time, fines and loss of driving and boating operator privileges.

 

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.

 

In Louisiana a DWI can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle while impaired.  First offense DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

 

Operation Dry Water was started in 2009 and is a joint program involving the LDWF/LED, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the U.S. Coast Guard.  More information is available at  www.operationdrywater.org .
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup athttp://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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LDWF Commission Votes to Change Recreational Red Snapper Season to Weekends-Only

Release Date: 07/03/2018

At today’s meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioners voted to change to a weekends-only recreational red snapper season after the scheduled July 8, 2018 closure.  The weekends-only season (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) will begin on July 13, 2018.

This decision was made following a presentation of the latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel. The near real-time data collection program indicates that approximately 299,061 pounds, or 40 percent of Louisiana’s allocation has been harvested to date. This covers the preliminary estimates for the period through June 24, 2018.

More information about Louisiana’s recreational red snapper season, including harvest estimates, can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov.To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF Accepting Applications for Sherburne WMA Waterfowl Lottery Hunts for 2018-19 Season

Release Date: 07/02/2018

July 2, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for disabled veterans and regular waterfowl lottery hunts on Sherburne Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) for the 2018-19 hunting season.
 
These special hunts are restricted to hunters selected through the lottery application process. These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, wildlife oriented outdoor experience on Sherburne WMA.
 
Details on the qualifications, application requirements and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms. The application deadline is Sept. 28.
 
Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing. Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF by the deadline listed on the application. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
 
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .
 
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail.  The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
 

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