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LDWF Clarifies Commercial Shad Regulations

Release Date: 06/27/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to clarify regulations pertaining to the commercial shad fishery. 
 
Recent questions raised during the June Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting indicated that a portion of the 2017 commercial fishing pamphlet may cause confusion regarding commercial shad harvest regulations. Although similar, shad seining and shad gill netting have different regulations.
 
Commercial shad gill netting is allowed only in Lake Palourde, Lake Verret, Lac Des Allemands, all waterways in Iberville Parish and certain portions of the Atchafalaya Basin. The gill netting season is closed beginning July 1 through the end of October and on all Saturdays and Sundays.
 
In addition, Act No. 109 of the 2017 regular session allows for the take of shad or skipjack using a shad gill net during the closed season and on Saturdays and Sundays for bait purposes only, with the following restrictions:
1.     The net shall not exceed 150 feet in length.
2.     No more than 50 pounds of shad or skipjack shall be taken per day.
3.     The net shall be attended at all times.
 
Commercial shad seining is allowed in all freshwater areas of the state, except the Pearl River and those water bodies where seine use is prohibited.  There is no closed season for commercial shad seining
 
For a detailed explanation of regulations for each gear type, please reference pages 26 and 27 of our commercial regulations pamphlet. Additional details are available here:
http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?d=206917,
http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?d=206918 and
http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1051086.

Nature Trail at Maurepas Swamp WMA Closed, Pearl River WMA Remains Closed Due to Flooding

Release Date: 06/27/2017

June 27, 2017 – The Nature Trail at Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has been closed due to flooding, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. LDWF will inspect the trail once the water has receded and make necessary repairs before reopening.
 
The Pearl River WMA remains closed because of flooding. Once the Pearl River falls below 16.5 feet, the road and bridges will be inspected and any necessary repairs made before it is reopened.
 
Maurepas Swamp WMA, which consists of 122,098 acres, is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans and along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west to near Sorrento. The WMA includes property in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2791.
 
Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,032 acres, is located in St. Tammany Parish, five miles east of Slidell and over to the Louisiana-Mississippi state line. For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789.

For more information on both WMAs, contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.

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LDWF Reopens Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Except for Price Lake Road

Release Date: 06/27/2017

June 27, 2017 – Much of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge was reopened Tuesday (June 27) after being closed due to flood damage from Tropical Storm Cindy, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced. Repairs to Joseph Harbor Launch and other refuge locations have been made and all have been reopened.
 
Price Lake Road and the Hess water control structure will remain closed until appropriate repairs can be made.
 
For more information on Rockefeller, contact refuge manager Phillip Trosclair (ptrosclair@wlf.la.gov) or Gabe Giffin (ggiffin@wlf.la.gov) at 985-351-2783.
 
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion Parishes, is 76,042 acres. It borders the Gulf of Mexico for 26.5 miles and extends inland toward the Grand Chenier Ridge, a stranded beach ridge six miles from the Gulf. The refuge allows visitors opportunity to fish, shrimp and crab recreationally. For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/rockefeller-wildlife-refuge .
 

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Two Boat Launches At Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area Closed Due to Flooding

Release Date: 06/23/2017

June 23, 2017 – Grand Bayou and Island Road boat launches at Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) have been closed because of flooding from Tropical Storm Cindy, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
The Grand Bayou launch is located on Louisiana Hwy. 665 south of the WMA headquarters. Both launches will remain closed until the water recedes and any necessary repairs are made.
 
Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is located in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, approximately 15 miles southeast of Houma. The 35,000-acre WMA is owned by LDWF. For more information on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2790 .
 
For more information, contact Vaughan McDonald at vmcdonald@wlf.la.gov or 225-763-8807.

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LDWF Closes Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Because of Tropical Storm Cindy

Release Date: 06/21/2017

June 21, 2017 – Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge has been closed because of flooding caused by Tropical Storm Cindy, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.
 
All public access roads and boat launches are closed until further notice.
 
For more information on Rockefeller, contact refuge manager Phillip Trosclair (ptrosclair@wlf.la.gov) or Gabe Giffin (ggiffin@wlf.la.gov) at 985-351-2783.
 
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion Parishes, is 76,042 acres. It borders the Gulf of Mexico for 26.5 miles and extends inland toward the Grand Chenier Ridge, a stranded beach ridge six miles from the Gulf. The refuge allows visitors opportunity to fish, shrimp and crab recreationally. For more information, go to http://www.rwrefuge.com .

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Massive wetland restoration project completed on Russell Sage WMA

Release Date: 06/21/2017

Massive wetland restoration project completed on Russell Sage WMA

Partners gathered to celebrate Wham Brake restoration project
 
MONROE, La. – Nearly 40 conservation partners gathered at Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area Tuesday, June 20, to celebrate the completion of the Wham Brake enhancement project. Ducks Unlimited and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries partnered on the project to enhance 3,500 acres of wetland habitat in northeast Louisiana.
 
“After adding Wham Brake to Russell Sage WMA, the LDWF wanted to improve waterfowl habitat in this wetland basin and provide increased public hunting opportunities,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “As always, Ducks Unlimited’s restoration and engineering expertise was vital to the success of this project.” 
 
Ducks Unlimited wetland engineers replaced three failing structures, a bridge that connected the entrance road to the boat ramp and levee, and a large, concrete weir water-control structure that controls much of the water level in the basin, enabling LDWF to manage habitat more effectively. This terminal structure is 270 feet wide and made of 550 cubic yards of reinforced concrete.
 
“This project provides water quality, recreation and wildlife habitat benefits near a major metropolitan area,” said DU Southern Region Director Jerry Holden. “Ducks Unlimited is proud to again partner with LDWF in improving public lands for waterfowl and all who enjoy them.”
 
The enhancement work is part of a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant. Project partners include LDWF, Ducks Unlimited, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, the Walker Foundation, Biedenharn Foundation, International Paper and DU major sponsors who support the America's River Initiative.
 
“The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation is proud to have partnered with the department, DU and the other contributors on the Wham Brake Project as it enabled us to leverage foundation funds to rehabilitate and enhance this WMA for the benefit of wildlife and for public enjoyment for years to come,” LWFF Executive Director Kell McInnis said.
 
Fast Facts:
 

  • LDWF and DU enhanced 3,500 acres of wetland habitat in northeast Louisiana.
  • Wham Brake project improves waterfowl habitat and provides increased public hunting opportunities.
  • Photo album https://flic.kr/s/aHskXy9tqG

Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4bTzmnQ4-E
 
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org

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LDWF Announces Dates for 2017 White Lake WCA Teal Season Lottery

Release Date: 06/21/2017

June 21, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2017 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.
 
Available dates include Friday, Sept. 15; Saturday, Sept. 16; Sunday, Sept. 17; Tuesday, Sept. 19; Thursday, Sept. 21; Saturday, Sept. 23; Sunday, Sept. 24; Wednesday, Sept. 27; and Saturday, Sept. 30.
 
Persons 18 years of age or older can apply and only one application per hunter will be accepted. Applications are available on the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications or by writing to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Teal Hunt, 2000 Quail Drive, Room 418, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
 
Completed applications must be received by close of business on July 25, 2017. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.
 
Each applicant who is selected will be allowed to bring one additional hunter as a guest. All hunters must have appropriate licenses, including a basic hunting license (or Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise license), a Louisiana duck license, federal duck stamp and HIP permit.
 
Successful applicants will be notified by mail and required to submit an additional check or money order for $250 per hunt party. Applications are non-transferrable.
 
For more information on White Lake WCA teal season lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

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Greater Amberjack Commercial Season to Close

Release Date: 06/20/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2017 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack in Louisiana state waters will close today, June 20 at 12:01 a.m.

 
Current landings data indicate the 2017 Gulf of Mexico commercial quota of 394,740 pounds will be harvested by June 20. 
 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters will also remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing until the season reopens on January 1, 2018. 

 

Louisiana Shrimp Season to Close June 23 in a Portion of Inside Waters

Release Date: 06/19/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2017 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 23 from the eastern shore of the Mississippi River westward to the western shore of the Freshwater Bayou canal.

For a map detailing these closures please click here.

All remaining state inside waters as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, as described in R.S. 56:495 will remain open to shrimping until further notice. 

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these waters was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes. The areas that remain open will continue to be monitored and will  close when the presence of smaller white shrimp make it biologically inappropriate to remain open.  

LDWF would also like to remind shrimpers there is a possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana of 100 count (whole shrimp per pound). This size restriction applies to the taking or possession of such shrimp aboard a vessel, EXCEPT from Oct. 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken or possessed. When more than 50 percent by weight of the saltwater shrimp taken or possessed is seabobs or brown shrimp, then the maximum allowable amount of undersized white shrimp taken or possessed shall not exceed 10 percent by weight of the total saltwater shrimp taken or possessed.  If compliance issues develop, remaining open areas can be closed by the Secretary of the Department.

For more information, contact Jeff Marx at (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov .

Boyce Tower Road at Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area Closed for Repairs

Release Date: 06/16/2017

June 16, 2017 – Boyce Tower Road on Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is closed for repair work, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. It will be reopened once the work is complete.
 
Maurepas Swamp WMA, which consists of 122,098 acres, is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans and along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west to near Sorrento. The WMA includes property in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2791.
 
For more information on the WMA, contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.

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