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Turner’s Pond to be Stocked and Ready for Get Out and Fish! Event

Release Date: 01/18/2017

Winter weather means cold water, and that means the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is busy stocking ponds with rainbow trout for anglers to enjoy. Six hundred pounds of adult-sized rainbow trout, donated by Greer’s Fish Hatchery, will be stocked in Turner’s Pond in Minden, La. just in time for the next Get Out and Fish! event. LDWF and Lakeview United Methodist Church have partnered to host the community fishing event on Saturday, February 11 from 7 a.m. until noon.                         
 
The event’s main attraction is a fishing competition, with entry levels for all ages, so the entire family is encouraged to participate. Competition categories include “heaviest rainbow trout” and “heaviest other fish.” Age divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15) and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older). Additional activities will also be available including a mobile touch tank, casting inflatable, and more.

The event is free, and the first 100 pre-registered youth participants will receive a free goodie bag. Pre-registration is available online at www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1. Every participant will also be entered into a raffle for various prizes. Anglers should bring their own gear, bait and tackle, and an ice chest to keep your fish. Youths do not need a license to fish in Louisiana, but anglers 16 and older must have a valid LDWF fishing license available for purchase here
 
Youth anglers with an appetite will be treated to chili pies compliments of Lakeview United Methodist Church, with an option to purchase for adult anglers.
 
The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations.
 
Coca Cola of Minden and local radio stations KBEF 104.5 Real Country and KASO 1240 AM Classic Hits are sponsoring the event.
 
The event 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 Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.
 
For more information on the Get out and Fish! Program, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282.

 

LDWF To Close Shrimp Season in Portions of State Inside Waters

Release Date: 01/17/2017

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the fall shrimp season will close in a portion of state inside waters effective Friday, January 20, 2017, at official sunset.

Those waters that will close to shrimping include:

  • Lake Pontchartrain, 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

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.
  • State outside waters not currently closed.

For a map detailing today’s actions click here.

Existing data do not currently support shrimping closures in additional state inside or outside waters. However, the department will continue monitoring shrimp populations in these waters and will close additional waters if necessary. 

Regulations state that the possession count on saltwater, white shrimp should average no more than 100 (whole shrimp) per pound, with the exception of October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no minimum count size.  Recent sampling conducted by the LDWF biologists indicates the average white shrimp size in the waters to be closed is smaller than the minimum possession size limit.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission provided the LDWF Secretary with authority to close the fall inshore shrimp season when biological and technical data indicate the need. This action, which characteristically takes place at this time of year, is designed to protect small, white shrimp and provide opportunity for these populations to over-winter and grow to larger, more marketable sizes.

 

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

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet January 17th

Release Date: 01/13/2017

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, January 17, 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 Moratorium Lifting Draft NOI

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/8907255127276951811

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.

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet January 17th

Release Date: 01/12/2017

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 1 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

I.Roll call and introduction of guests

II.Approval of December 12, 2016 Meeting Minutes and January 17, 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)

V.New Business

A.LDWF Oyster Program Update- Steve Beck

B.Discussion of Oyster Refrigeration Regulations- Gordon Leblanc

C.Discussion of 2016/2017 Oyster Season Options- John Tesvich

 

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 athttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8977127991667923201

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. 

Bodcau WMA Shooting Range to Close Intermittently Feb. 1 for Range Improvements

Release Date: 01/11/2017

Jan. 11, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will intermittently close the shooting range at Bodcau Wildlife Management Area (WMA) beginning Feb. 1, 2017, for facility improvements. Range users are advised to call 318-326-3225 to verify the facility will be open prior to traveling to the site.
 
LDWF will notify the public once construction is complete.
 
Bodcau WMA is located in Bossier and Webster parishes, approximately 30 miles northeast of Shreveport. The shooting range provides for rifle and handgun target shooting at 25, 50, 100, and 200 yards. A shotgun range offers manual target throwers and an archery range provides stationary field targets.
 
The range facility is located at 168 Ben Durden Road, Haughton La., within the WMA.
 
Normal range hours are 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and there are no fees charged for range use.
 
For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/bodcau-wma or contact Todd Buffington at LDWF’s Minden office, ph. 318-371-3050 or tbuffington@wlf.la.gov.

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Registration to Open Jan. 27 for Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop

Release Date: 01/11/2017

Jan. 11, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will sponsor the 29th Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop on March 31-April 2, 2017, at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock. It’s an opportunity for women throughout Louisiana and neighboring states to attend an educational hands-on outdoor skills workshop.
 
If you are a woman 18 or older and you like the outdoors, you will love this three-day skill’s workshop.
 
Registration will open on Jan. 27. Anyone interested is urged to register as soon as possible beginning on this date. The $200 fee (check or money order only) includes instruction for four selected classes, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, lodging, meals and a T-shirt.
 
Participants will enroll in four classes from a selection of more than 30 topics. These subjects include bucks and does, shotgun, rifle, handguns, fly-fishing, kayaking, camping, archery, fishing, boating/trailering, compass skills, outdoor photography, camp cooking and more. Expert instructors will donate their time and skills in classes taught in and around the nearby streams, lakes, wooded ridges and forest trails of beautiful Louisiana.
 
Natural resource scientist Christine Thomas of the University of Wisconsin founded the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. She completed a survey in 1991 entitled ‘Barriers to Women Participating in Hunting and Fishing’ that indicated the biggest problem for women was lack of instruction and encouragement.
 
To register, contact Dana Norsworthy at dnorsworthy@wlf.la.gov or 318-345-3912 or Chad Moore at cmoore@wlf.la.gov or 318-230-4352. 
 
Forms can be downloaded and printed at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/becoming-outdoors-woman. The forms will not be available until Jan. 27. They must be returned by mail to the address on the form. Hand delivered forms will not be accepted.  Please read the new registration process and the course descriptions prior to filling out the form. Registration will be taken until the workshop is full. All registration forms received after the workshop is full will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations. 
 
Join the fun and be one of those 125 women in the woods.  Register for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop and become skilled in something that you always dreamed about doing.

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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.


 

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