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White Lake WCA Fishing Lottery Applications Now Available for 2017

Release Date: 01/11/2017

Jan. 11, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for a lottery drawing for fishing permit access to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) between March 15-Aug. 15, 2017.
 
A total of 100 permits will be issued following the lottery drawing and winning applicants will be notified of their opportunity to purchase a permit for $40.  White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish.
 
The area open for fishing will be limited to the Florence Canal and Oil Field Location canals off of the Florence Canal. There will be no fishing in any of the WCA’s marsh areas or in the main camp canal or other areas that are marked "No Fishing."  Successful applicants will be provided a map of the fishing area. Boats used by those receiving permits will be limited to the use of motors with 40 horsepower or less.  Additional rules and regulations are outlined in an attachment to the application.
 
Each completed application must include a non-refundable administrative fee of $5 in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Only one application per person will be accepted and submitting more than one application will be considered grounds for disqualification.  Completed applications must be received by LDWF by close of business on Feb. 16, 2017.
 
Applications may be mailed or delivered to:
 
Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attention: White Lake Fishing
2000 Quail Drive, Room 418
Baton Rouge, LA  70808
 
Persons interested in obtaining an application may call the department at 225-765-2812 or download a copy from the department’s website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications .
 
For more information, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov.

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Commercial Fishing for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks to Open in State Waters February 1

Release Date: 01/11/2017

The commercial fishing season for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks will open in Louisiana waters at 12:01 a.m. on February 1, 2017; federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico will also open at this time.
 
The commercial season will remain open in federal waters until 80 percent of the federal quota for a given fishery has been harvested or is projected to be harvested in the Gulf of Mexico. The commercial and recreational season for the harvest of all sharks in Louisiana state waters will be closed from 12:01 a.m. on April 1, 2017, until 12:01 a.m. on July 1, 2017, per an existing fixed seasonal closure to protect shark pupping.
 
During the open season, there is a daily bag limit of 45 sharks per commercial licensed angler. The commercial harvest of Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks and pelagic sharks are regulated by the existing federal and state rules regarding trip limits, allowable species, and requirements for permits and landings, as laid out in federal and state regulations. For state permitted fishermen in state waters, multiple permit holders may fish from one vessel and each be in possession of a daily limit. Only one trip is permitted daily.  Federally permitted fishermen may only have one possession limit on board a federally permitted vessel regardless of whether in state or federal waters during any trip.
 
The Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks group is composed of the great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse shark, blacktip shark, bull shark, lemon shark, silky shark, spinner shark, and tiger shark. While sandbar shark are a member of the Large Coastal Shark group, only specifically designated federally permitted vessels may take sandbar shark while operating under conditions of that research permit.
 
Commercial fishing for Small Coastal Sharks resumed in Louisiana waters on January 1, and will continue through December 31, 2017, or until 80 percent of the federal quota has been met. The Small Coastal Shark fishery consists of the commercial fisheries for blacknose and non-blacknose small coastal sharks.  Blacknose sharks are a member of the Small Coastal Shark group; however they are managed under a separate quota that is linked to the overall Small Coastal Shark quota. The Small Coastal Shark group is composed of bonnethead shark, Atlantic sharpnose shark, blacknose shark and finetooth shark and remained open for all of 2016.  
 
There is no allowable harvest at any time for all prohibited species, which include basking shark, white shark, bigeye sand tiger, sand tiger, whale shark, smalltooth sawfish, largetooth sawfish, Atlantic angel shark, Caribbean sharpnose shark, smalltail shark, bignose shark, Caribbean reef shark, dusky shark, Galapagos shark, narrowtooth shark, night shark, bigeye sixgill shark, bigeye thresher shark, longfin mako, sevengill shark and sixgill shark.
 
For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov

Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 01/11/2017

Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force

Meeting Agenda

12 January 2017    9:00 AM

LDWF Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

 

 

 

I.          Call to Order

 

II.        Roll Call

 

III.       Approval of Minutes from 30 November 2016 meeting

 

IV.       Introduction of guests

 

V.        Final adoption of By-Laws/SOP

 

VI.       Old Business

 

            A. Report from Vice-Chair Ard and the ad hoc committee regarding feral hog hunting on

                        WMAs

 

            B. Report from Gene Cavalier on swine catching technology and on transport

                        regulations from LDAF

 

            C. Report from Brett Collier on outreach options through LSU AgCenter

           

VII.     Task Force report and recommendations due to legislators on 1 Feb 2017

 

VIII.    Public Comments

 

IX.       Announcement of next meeting date – 13 April 2017

 

X.        Adjournment

 

 

 

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Joint Seafood Task Force Working Group Meeting

Release Date: 01/11/2017

Joint Seafood Task Force Working Group Meeting

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 1:00 P.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

AGENDA

 

I.            Call to Order

II.           Discussion of LA Certified Wild Seafood Certification

III.          Discussion of Seafood Label of Origin

IV.          Public Comment

V.           Set next meeting

VI.          Adjourn

 

The Joint Task Force Working Group is comprised of two individuals from each of the seafood task forces, Crab Task Force, Oyster Task Force and Shrimp Task Force. Each task force appointed two members to serve as a representative on this working group to discuss industry-wide seafood related issues and solutions.

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/4602872713142526978

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.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.


 

Fundraising efforts ongoing for Wildlife agent Tyler Wheeler

Release Date: 01/11/2017

Fundraising efforts ongoing for Wildlife agent Tyler Wheeler

There is now a t-shirt selling campaign and special fund established to help Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler’s family with medical bills and expenses.

Wheeler is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds suffered while making a traffic stop early Saturday morning. The 25-year-old agent was shot in the arm, shoulder, jaw and head. Two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting.

According to a recent Facebook entry, Wheeler’s father, Darren Wheeler posted “Thanks for everything and all the prayers. That old saying, ‘Do you believe in miracles?’ I guess he (Tyler Wheeler) is answering our question.”

According to the Monroe News Star newspaper, over $21,000 has been raised through the t-shirt selling campaign. Shirts can be ordered, according to the newspaper, until Jan. 23 and will arrive Feb. 8. Prices vary based on the style ordered. For more information regarding the fundraiser, visit www.booster.com/tylerwheeler

A fund has also been established by the Louisiana Wildlife Agents’ Association, a nonprofit corporation which seeks to protect and promote the welfare and interest of all classified commissioned wildlife agents, active or retired.

 

The account is set up under the LWAA c/o Tyler Wheeler. According the newspaper, anyone who wants to donated can visit any Capital One location and make a deposit to account number 2082047754. Funds generated will be used to assist with medical expenses incurred by the Wheeler family.

2017 Dates Announced for Use of White Lake WCA Facilities by Groups for Other Public Uses and Nature Trips

Release Date: 01/11/2017

Jan. 11, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has designated dates between Feb. 1-May 31, 2017, for public use of facilities at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA). For profit or commercial activities are prohibited.
 
White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish. LDWF owns and manages lodge facilities and 71,000 acres of wetlands and marsh land. The lodge facilities, accessible only by water, will be available for day-use or overnight use at rental rates that vary based on level of services required by the group using the site. Boat transportation to and from the site will be provided as part of the day use and overnight use access for 2017 group use dates.
 
The facilities and landscape are ideal for birding groups, nature photographers, environmental or wetland ecology students, or small business retreats. LDWF can provide site staff for guided boat tours and biologists for lectures on the ecosystem within the conservation area, which includes freshwater marsh, coastal prairie and an experimental population of whooping cranes.
 
White Lake WCA and the surrounding Mermentau River Basin provide abundant habitat for a variety of avian and aquatic species. This property supports migrant passerine birds, shorebirds, wading birds, rails, gallinules and many species of raptors.   Several large breeding rookeries of wading birds are present on the property. Access dates and fees for 2017 are as follows:
 
SCHEDULE FOR OTHER PUBLIC USES AND NATURE TRIPS AT WHITE LAKE WCA
 
Site visits may be scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between Feb. 1-May 31, 2017.
 
Site visits will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis pending facility and staff availability. At this time, WLWCA will only accommodate one group per day/week and all facility reservations must be made two weeks in advance to allow for staff scheduling.
 
FEE SCHEDULE FOR WHITE LAKE WCA FACILITY USE
 
Day Use (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
$300 - Includes one-day use of lodge for meetings with no food or drink or additional services provided by LDWF. (For up to 15 people.)
 
$300 + $10/person - Includes one-day use of lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks and bottled water provided. (For up to 15 people.)
 
$300 + $20/person - Includes one-day use of lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and lunch provided. Lunch provided (for up to 15 people) will consist of a sandwich tray and chips or something similar. It will not include a hot lunch.
 
Exemptions from day-use lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).
 
Overnight Use (arrive 2-4 p.m. day 1; depart 1 p.m. day 2)
 $400 + $25/person/night - Includes overnight stay at lodge with only linens provided.
 (For up to 12 people.)
 
$400 + $35/person/night - Includes overnight stay at lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and linens provided.  (For up to 12 people.)
 
$900 + $35/person/night - Includes overnight stay at lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water, meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) and linens provided. (For up to 12 people.)
 
Exemptions from overnight lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).
 
Skeet Range (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events)  - $10/person/25 clay pigeons; $15/person/25 clay pigeons, 25 shotgun shells provided.
 
Exemptions – Any persons using the skeet range at LDWF-sponsored events.
 
Boat Tours (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events) -$10/person/ride. Limited to authorized function attendees.
 
Exemptions: Any state, local or federal agency working in cooperation with the LDWF on cooperative initiatives or universities/conservation organizations working with LDWF on cooperative research projects, or educational activities conducted in cooperation with LDWF.
 
LDWF reserves the right to schedule other public use activities and nature trips, for educational purposes, outside the advertised dates should the need arise.
 
For more information on White Lake WCA facility use, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 ext. # 1 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .
 

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Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Release Date: 01/10/2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 9:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

I.           Call to Order

II.          Discussion of Moratorium Lifting Draft Notice of Intent

III.         Public Comment

IV.         Set next meeting

V.          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/6311038793661895938

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. 

Oyster Task Force Legislative Committee

Release Date: 01/10/2017

Oyster Task Force Legislative Committee

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 11:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

I.              Call to Order

II.             Discussion of Alternative Oyster Culture Statute

Re: Suitability Mapping Requirements- John Supan

III.            Discussion of Oyster Severance Tax

IV.            Discussion of Standard Measurement

V.             Public Comment

VI.            Set next meeting

VII.           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/6311038793661895938

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 Announces Annual Caney Creek Reservoir Public Meeting

Release Date: 01/10/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public hearing on Caney Creek Reservoir issues, including an overview of aquatic vegetation issues and the results of recent fish population sampling.  The recent stock assessment studies on the bass and crappie populations in Caney Creek Reservoir are not complete and will be discussed in full detail at a future meeting. 

Who:       LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
 
What:      Public meeting on Caney Creek Reservoir
 
When:     Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 7 p.m.
 
Where:    Jimmie Davis State Park Conference Center
                1209 State Park Rd.
                Chatham, LA 71226
 
The meeting is open to the public, and all persons interested in the conservation and management of the fisheries resources and aquatic habitats in Caney Creek Reservoir are encouraged to attend.

LDWF established a comprehensive management plan for Caney Creek Reservoir in 2006; the plan includes annual public hearings to update the public concerning special projects, fisheries and aquatic vegetation management.

The current LDWF Caney Creek Reservoir Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the meeting, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

Update from Interim Secretary Patrick Banks Regarding LDWF Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler

Release Date: 01/09/2017

Today at a joint press conference in Quachita Parish with Gov. John Bel Edwards, State Police Colonel Michael Edmonson and other law enforcement officials, LDWF Interim Secretary Patrick Banks provided an update on LDWF Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler.

“Everyone at our agency is praying for Senior Agent Wheeler and his family.  We are all stunned by this cowardly act and very proud of the law enforcement team bringing the suspects to justice,” said Interim LDWF Secretary Patrick Banks.

“We received some good news this morning by Agent Wheeler’s father.   He is responding well to treatment, and is able to respond to the commands of his family and hospital staff by making movements and squeezing hands."

“Our agency is strong, and is built on these brave men and women who protect us all.  The whole of our agency, brave enforcement agents, talented scientists and dedicated public servants are praying with that strength for Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler today.  We are grateful for his service."

 

“We are pleased with the progress and recovery of Senior Agent Wheeler, we will continue our work to ensure he and his family get the justice they deserve,” said LDWF Col. Joey Broussard.

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