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Louisiana Artificial Reef Council to Meet

Release Date: 07/26/2017

The Louisiana Artificial Reef Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29 in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.

Agenda:

I. Introduction and welcome
II. Approval of agenda
III. Approval of minutes
IV. Reef Program update - Mike McDonough
V. Presentation on the Artificial Reef Fund budget for FY 17-18*
VI. Evaluating alternative materials of opportunity (concrete culverts) - Craig Gothreaux
VII. Public comments
VIII. Other business
IX. Adjourn

*Action item for Council

LDWF Accepting Applications for Dove Lottery Hunts at Elbow Slough WMA

Release Date: 07/26/2017

July 26, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for dove lottery hunts at Elbow Slough Wildlife Management Area (WMA) during the 2017 hunting season.
 
Elbow Slough WMA is located near the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and Louisiana Highway 3170 in Rapides Parish. The hunts will be conducted Sept. 2-3.
 
Details on the qualifications, application requirements and application deadlines are listed on the application form.

Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing. Applications for the lottery hunts must be submitted to LDWF by close of business (4:30 pm) on Aug. 11. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.

Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting the LDWF Pineville Office at 318-487-5885 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 Drive 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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Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet August 1

Release Date: 07/25/2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 1:00 P.M.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans 70122
 
AGENDA
 
      I.         Roll call and introduction of guests
     II.         Approval of May 30, 2017 meeting minutes and August 1, 2017, agenda
    III.         Treasury report
                 A.      Oyster tag sales
                 B.      LOTF Financial Report
   IV.         Committee reports
                 A.      Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)
                 B.      Enforcement (Captain Chad Hebert)
                 C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
                 D.     Research (Earl Melancon)
                 E.     Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
                 F.      Marketing (LDWF)
                 G.     Health (Lance Broussard)
                 H.     Sustainability (LDWF)
                  I.      Professionalism (LDWF)
                 J.      Aquaculture (John Supan)
                 K.     Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)
    V.         New Business
                 A.     To hear a presentation on the 2017 Oyster Stock Assessment and      
                          seaon reccomendations - Steve Beck
                 B.     Discussion of state cultch plants east of the River - Byron Encalade
                 C.     To consider a draft resolution for the state’s continued work on the Gulf 
                          hypoxia issue - Doug Daigle 
                 D.    Discussion of using hydrocoast maps for more successful fishing - John 
                         Lopez
                 E.     Discussion of buffer zones - Steve Voisin
                 F.     To consider funding and participation in the 2018 LA Alive and Acadiana 
                         events
  VI.         Public Comment
 VII.         Set Next Meeting
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/2667686072969500162
 
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
 
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 the contact at the top of
this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

LDWF Accepting Applications for Youth Lottery Deer Hunts on Wildlife Management Areas

Release Date: 07/24/2017

July 24, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for youth lottery deer hunts on five LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) during the 2017-18 hunting season.
 
Youth lottery deer hunts will be held on Buckhorn, Dewey W. Wills, Floy Ward McElroy, Richard K. Yancey and Sherburne WMAs.
 
These hunts are restricted to youth hunters between the ages of 10-17 and will be selected through the lottery application process. These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, unique experience on these WMAs.
 
Details on the qualifications, application requirements, application deadlines and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms.
 
Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing. Applications for the lottery hunts must be submitted to LDWF by close of business (4:30 pm) on Sept. 1. 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 Drive 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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Hunting Rules, Regulations, Season Schedules for 2017-18 Now Available on LDWF Website

Release Date: 07/24/2017

July 24, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has released its 2017-18 hunting regulations pamphlet online at the LDWF website. Click here to view the upcoming season’s regulations or visit the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations .
 
The pamphlet contains hunting rules, regulations and season dates for the 2017-18 season, including hunting information on LDWF’s Wildlife Management Areas and Louisiana’s federal lands.
 
Printed copies of the pamphlets will be available in early August at LDWF offices throughout the state and at vendors where hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
  
This season’s regulation pamphlet also has season schedules for the state’s 10 deer hunting areas and major changes for the 2017-18 season.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 318-487-5885, 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.

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Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 07/21/2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

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

 

AGENDA

I.             Roll call and Introduction of Guests

II.            Approval of the April 12, 2017, Meeting Minutes and the August 2, 2017, Agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget Report- LDWF

IV.            Old Business

A.     Discussion of the White Shrimp “100 Count Law”- Jeff Marx

V.             New Business

A.     Update on the 2017 Fall Inshore Shrimp Season- Jeff Marx

B.     Discussion of Tow Time Enforcement- Acy Cooper

C.     Discussion of White Spot Disease- Acy Cooper

D.     Update on LA Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Shrimp Industry Initiative Summary of Efforts- LSPMB Staff

VI.          Public Comment

VII.         Set Quarterly Meetings

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/8977246743102042370

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.

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 the contact at the top of this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

It’s official, red snapper anglers get another weekend

Release Date: 07/20/2017

(Baton Rouge, LA) – There’s more good news for red snapper fishermen in the state.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries estimates show that the season will be open through this weekend. So far, state anglers have not threatened the harvest limit that would trigger the closure of the red snapper season, according to LDWF.

The latest catch numbers recorded by LDWF’s LA Creel program, the states near real-time data collecting program, is about 655,603 pounds. Last week’s reported catch total was 539,154 pounds. The state’s self-imposed cutoff is 1.04 million pounds for 2017. The most recent estimates cover the period through July 9.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to close the red snapper season when it appears Louisiana’s catch will meet the 1.04-million-pound limit. It is the goal of LDWF to be accountable for the state’s catch in order to improve its chances of receiving federal government permission allowing Louisiana to oversee its own red snapper season out 200 miles from its coast.

The red snapper fishing season was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached earlier this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida - and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper for 39 days. Those dates include June 16-18, June 23-25, June 30-July 4, July 7-9, July 14-16, July 21-23, July 28-30, August 4-6, August 11-13, August 18-20, August 25-27, and September 1-4.

Any dates after this weekend will be canceled immediately if the pound limit is reached before September 4.

Also under the agreement, there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and September 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches per day.

For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/41176-red-snapper-long-range-plan-facts/redsnapperwebsitedocument7-19-17-1.pdf

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 LDWF email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

LDWF Phone Lines Are Down

Release Date: 07/20/2017

We apologize for the inconvenience, but our licensing phone lines are currently down. We ask for your patience as we work to resolve the situation. In the meantime, licenses can be purchased at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses-and-permits

 

Thanks again for your patience, and we'll be sure to let you know when we're up and running again!

Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit 2018 – Don’t Let it Catch You by Surprise

Release Date: 07/20/2017

Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit 2018 – Don’t Let it Catch You by Surprise

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries together with their partners at Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter are excited to announce the date has been set for the next Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit for Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.
 
This free event is the Gulf South’s premier commercial fishing and seafood industry event, attracting hundreds of commercial fishermen, seafood dealers, processors and others.  This year’s summit will again be structured as an expo, with an open trade and ongoing demonstrations throughout the day. 
 
To facilitate planning and provide the best experience, the Seafood Summit and Expo will be held every other year. 
 
To participate in the expo as a vendor (free of charge), or for more information, visitwww.LaFisheriesForward.org/Summit.

Louisiana Schools Honored as U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and Postsecondary Sustainability Winners

Release Date: 07/19/2017

July 19, 2017 – Three Louisiana schools selected to receive 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools awards were honored in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday (July 19). Mayfair Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, Belle Chasse Academy in Belle Chasse and Louisiana State University’s Campus Sustainability Office were the Louisiana schools presented the awards.
 
The honorees were recognized for reducing their environmental impact, creating healthy learning environments and providing real-world sustainability education that prepares students to succeed in the 21st century.
 
Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education for Management Holly Ham, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Director of Education Louisa Koch, Director of the Campaign for Environmental Literacy James L. Elder, Jr. and Director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council Anisa Heming honored the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
 
Accepting the award for Mayfair Laboratory School in Baton Rouge was Tiffany May, Karla Spears and Paige Laureano. Tammy Milican and Sarah Temple accepted the award for LSU. Traci Nelson accepted the award for Belle Chasse Academy in Belle Chasse.
 
“The Louisiana Department of Education is proud to count Belle Chasse Academy and Mayfair Laboratory School among the nation’s Green Ribbon honorees,” said Louisiana State Superintendent John White. “This award is a reflection of the state’s commitment to fostering healthy and productive learning spaces for all students—present and future—by reducing our impact on the environment and promoting wellness in our schools and communities.”
 
“We are very pleased to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for our efforts to create a more sustainable campus. This honor is a recognition of the hard work that LSU students, faculty and staff have invested in environmental stewardship and sustainability education, as well as operating more efficiently to reduce the carbon footprint of our university,” said Tammy Millican, executive director of LSU Facility & Property Oversight. 
 
The list of all selected schools and districts, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here.  Resources for all schools to move toward the three pillars of the award can be found here

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