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LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in a Portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of the Mississippi River

Release Date: 01/18/2019

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in a Portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of the Mississippi River

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will close oyster harvest in a portion of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River, in St. Bernard Parish, at one half-hour after sunset on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

The portions of the public oyster seed grounds to be closed are as follows:

  • the area within the portion of Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Shellfish Harvest Area 3 that is north of latitude line: 29 degrees 59 minutes 30 seconds north in St. Bernard Parish, and;
  • the following cultch plants within the coordinates described below:

 3-Mile Pass (2013)

  • 30 degrees 03 minutes 56.70 seconds N
    89 degrees 22 minutes 15.40 seconds W
  • 30 degrees 03 minutes 56.70 seconds N
    89 degrees 22 minutes 15.40 seconds W
  • 30 degrees 03 minutes 18.00 seconds N
    89 degrees 22 minutes 06.30 seconds W
  • 30 degrees 03 minutes 30.49 seconds N
    89 degrees 22 minutes 38.17 seconds W

Drum Bay (2013) 

  • 29 degrees 53 minutes 13.00 seconds N
    89 degrees 17 minutes 40.21 seconds W
  • 29 degrees 53 minutes 16.51 seconds N
    89 degrees 16 minutes 51.12 seconds W
  • 29 degrees 52 minutes 56.17 seconds N
    89 degrees 16 minutes 49.80 seconds W
  • 29 degrees 52 minutes 53.99 seconds N
    89 degrees 17 minutes 40.43 seconds W

The oyster population in the public oyster seed grounds has been in decline for several years, and the recommended threshold in this portion of the public seed grounds, east of the Mississippi River, has been met. The closure is necessary to protect undersized oysters, allowing growth for future harvest opportunities. Continued harvest might threaten the long-term sustainability of remaining oyster resources in this area. Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in this public oyster seed ground.

To view a map of the current oyster closure areas see above or visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/oyster-season.

The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Jack Montoucet to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered. The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health for public health concerns.

For more information, contact Carolina Bourque at (337) 735-8726 or cbourque@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF to Reopen Oyster Harvest in East Portion of Calcasieu Lake

Release Date: 01/18/2019

LDWF to Reopen Oyster Harvest in East Portion of Calcasieu Lake

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will reopen oyster harvest in the East portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area in Cameron Parish, at one half-hour before sunrise on Monday, January 21, 2019, under the following conditions:

1.        The reopening of the East portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area shall not supersede any public health closures.

2.        All oysters aboard a vessel harvesting in the East portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area are deemed to have been taken from East portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area.

3.        Oyster scrapers are prohibited on vessels harvesting oysters in Calcasieu Lake.

4.        The daily and possession sack limit is set at 10 sacks of oysters, per vessel.

The following area will remain closed for the entire 2018/2019 oyster season: The Long Point Cultch Plant (2017), located on the east portion of Calcasieu Lake near Long Point in Cameron Parish, within the following coordinates:

  • 29 degrees 55 minutes 03.45 seconds N
    93 degrees 19 minutes 20.26 seconds W
  • 29 degrees 54 minutes 55.75 seconds N
    93 degrees 19 minutes 01.32 seconds W
  • 29 degrees 54 minutes 14.64 seconds N
    93 degrees 19 minutes 22.67 seconds W
  • 29 degrees 54 minutes 21.22 seconds N
    93 degrees 19 minutes 40.43 seconds W
  • 29 degrees 54 minutes 31.41 seconds N
    93 degrees 19 minutes 12.81 seconds W
  • 29 degrees 54 minutes 45.8388 seconds N
    93 degrees 19 minutes 27.6384 seconds W

The oyster population in Calcasieu Lake is managed in two separate units (East and West Cove). Upon reassessment of the available oyster resource relative to current conditions in West Cove, it was determined that the East portion can reopen to allow additional harvest

To view a map of the current oyster opening areas see above or visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/oyster-season .

The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Jack Montoucet to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health for public health concerns.

For more information, contact Carolina Bourque at (337) 735-8726 or cbourque@wlf.la.gov .

Melville Father and Son Arrested For Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/18/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two Melville men on Jan. 12 for alleged deer hunting violations in St. Landry Parish.

Agents arrested Virgil Duvall, 58, and Kendell Duvall, 38, for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public road, hunting deer from a moving vehicle, illegal spotlighting from a public road, discharging a firearm from a public road and intentional littering.

Agents were on patrol in the Palmetto area when they observed the subjects actively hunting from their vehicle using spotlights while traveling down a public roadway.  Agents then witnessed the subjects shoot a .22 caliber rifle at a deer from the public roadway.

After making contact with the men, agents also found out that they tossed an aluminum can onto the shoulder of the road to mark their location.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting deer from a public road and taking deer from a moving vehicle each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Discharging a firearm from a public road brings up to a $50 fine and 30 days in jail. Illegal spotlighting from a public road brings up to a $175 fine and 30 days in jail.  Intentional Littering brings up to a $500 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.

LDWF Announces Road Closures at Boeuf WMA Due to Flooding; Duty Ferry Parish Road Closed South of Ferry Entrance

Release Date: 01/17/2019

Jan. 17, 2018 - The Catahoula Parish Police Jury has closed the Duty Ferry Parish Road south of the ferry entrance due to flooding, forcing the closure of Pipeline Road and Rock Lake Road in Boeuf Wildlife Management Area (WMA), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.
 
The closure of Duty Ferry Parish Road will affect access to the Crowe Field area of Boeuf WMA. Access by boat is still allowed.
 
Boeuf WMA, which consists of 51,110 acres, is located 10 miles southeast of Columbia in Caldwell and Catahoula parishes. For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/32649 .
 
For more information, contact Mitch McGee at 318-343-4044 or mmcgee@wlf.la.gov .
 

Louisiana Shrimp Season to Close January 21 in Portions of State Inside Waters

Release Date: 01/17/2019

Louisiana Shrimp Season to Close January 21 in Portions of State Inside Waters

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2018 fall shrimp season will close at official sunset on Monday, January 21, 2019, in the following portions of state inside waters:

Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Orleans parish from the GIWW East Closure Sector Gate westward to the GIWW intersection with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal.

Click here for a map of the closure area.

The following state waters will remain open to shrimping until further notice:

The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.

Recent biological sampling conducted by the department indicates that the average white shrimp size within large portions of state inside waters is smaller than the minimum possession count allowed by law.  A closure is needed to protect the small white shrimp in these waters and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more valuable sizes. R.S. 56:498 provides that the possession count on saltwater white shrimp for each cargo lot shall average no more than 100 (whole specimens) per pound, except from October 15 through the third Monday in December.

The department will continue to monitor the remaining open areas and will close them when biologically appropriate. Notice of any opening, delaying, or closing of a season by the secretary will be made by public notice at least 72 hours prior to such action.   

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle at (337)491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Announces Additional Road Closure in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 01/16/2019

Jan. 16, 2019 -  Bayou Natchitoches Road past the Bayou Natchitoches concrete bridge has been closed on the north and south sides of the bayou in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.
 
Smith Bay Road and Cas-cas Road remain closed and more roads could be closed.
 
These road closures are deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent road damage. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen those roads when deemed safe for travel. 
 
Grassy Lake WMA is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville, Louisiana.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-735-8682 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-735-8683 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

Deer Hunting Closure Remains in Effect in Portions of Deer Area 5, Including Attakapas WMA

Release Date: 01/16/2019

Jan. 16, 2019 – A deer hunting closure in portions of Deer Area 5 remains in effect due to flooding, including Attakapas Wildlife Management Area (WMA), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The Atchafalaya River is still above 15 feet mean sea level (msl) at Butte LaRose, which triggered the closure.
 
A two-day primitive firearms season at Attakapas WMA was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 19-20). But because of the closure the season will not take place. Archery season in Attakapas WMA, which runs until Feb. 15, remains closed.
 
In addition, deer hunting in those portions of Iberville, St. Martin, St. Mary and Iberia parishes west of the East Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee, east of the West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee and south of Alligator Bayou and Bayou Sorrel remains closed. Deer hunting in the area will reopen when the river stage recedes to 14 feet msl at Butte LaRose.
  
For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov or 318-487-5885 or Tony Vidrine at tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or 337-735-8682.
 

Oyster Task Force Aquaculture Committee to Meet January 17

Release Date: 01/16/2019

Oyster Task Force Aquaculture Committee

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 10:00 A.M.

Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

AGENDA

I.    Call to Order

II.    Pledge of Allegiance

III.   Introductions

IV.   Adopt the Agenda

V.    Discussion of the Oyster Aquaculture Subcommittee Mission Statement

VI.   Discussion of LDH and LDWF Enforcement as it Pertains to AOC

VII.  Presentation on the Goals of the Oyster South Group

VIII. Public Comment

IX.   Set Next Meeting

X.    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/5249164564541735683

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. 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.

 

 

Catch a Rainbow Trout, Right Here in Louisiana

Release Date: 01/15/2019

Catch a Rainbow Trout, Right Here in Louisiana  Grab your fishing gear and bring your friends and family to a nearby Get Out and

 

Grab your fishing gear and bring your friends and family to a nearby Get Out and Fish! pond for the opportunity to catch a fish you don’t land every day. Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries stocked ten water bodies with adult-size rainbow trout, ranging from 1 to 2 pounds, making a perfect stringer for dinner.

Now is the only time of year our Get Out and Fish! sites will be stocked with rainbow trout, so do not miss this unique opportunity to land one, right here in Louisiana. Rainbow trout are native to rivers and lakes in western North America; yet, due to their popularity, these fish have been introduced throughout the United States through stocking efforts. When water temperatures are cool during winter months, our ponds and lakes can support the cold-water fish.  

Anglers 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license to try their hand at catching this tricky species.

For additional program and stocking information, follow us on Facebook @ldwfgetoutandfish or visit our program website.  2019 event dates and locations will be available soon. Video footage of today’s stocking is available here.

Get Out and Fish! pond stockings are funded by the Sport Fish Restoration Fund, a USFWS grant program that provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for fishery projects, boating access and aquatic education.

Get Out and Fish! is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.

For more information, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2375. 

Smith Bay Road in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area Closed Due to Flooding

Release Date: 01/14/2019

Jan. 14, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed Smith Bay Road in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding. Cas-cas Road remains closed and more roads in the WMA may be closed.
 
These road closures are deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent road damage. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen those roads when deemed safe for travel. 
 
Grassy Lake WMA is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville, Louisiana.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-735-8682 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-735-8683 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

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