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L.D.W.F. News Release

Step Outside Day at Sherburne W.M.A. Cancelled

Release Date: 05/06/2011

 

May 6, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has cancelled the Step Outside program scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area near Krotz Springs because of high water in the Atchafalaya River and the impending threat of flood waters. LDWF staff is currently removing equipment from the site as a precaution. If possible, the event may be rescheduled at a later date.

For more information contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov. 

L.W.F.C. Approves Notice of Intent with Revisions to the Deer Management Assistance Program

Release Date: 05/06/2011

May 6, 2011 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC), during their May 5 monthly meeting, approved a notice of intent (NOI) with amendments that provides for changes in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

The amendments to the changes proposed in the NOI presented in February are all within the Level 1 DMAP participant category and include:

  • Raising the minimum acreage required for participation from 500 to 1,000 acres.
  • Extending the DMAP harvest dates by 15 days, before and/or after the regular season, not to exceed 30 days.
  • Allowing 10 added days of rabbit hunting on DMAP properties, after the regular season, if requested.

 

To view the full notice of intent, as presented Feb. 8 by LDWF, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.gov.

L.W.F.C. Approves Notices of Intent with Amendments for 2011-13 Hunting Seasons and the 2011-12 WMA Season

Release Date: 05/06/2011

 

May 6, 2011-- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, during their May 5 monthly meeting, approved two notices of intent (NOI) that included several amendments for the 2011-13 hunting seasons and the 2011-12 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) hunting season.

The amendments adopted as part of the 2011-13 hunting seasons and 2011-12 WMA season NOIs presented to the commission by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) include:

  • Deletion of the second weekend of either-sex firearm season for deer on Buckhorn WMA.
  • Adjustment of scheduled dates for the Youth Lottery Deer Hunt on Buckhorn WMA.
  • Establishing an experimental Quality Deer Season in the following WMAs on the dates specified: Alexander State Forest, Dec. 10-16; Bayou Macon, Dec. 24-30; Big Lake, Jan. 21-27; Bodcau, Dec. 31- Jan. 6; Boeuf, Jan. 14-20; Buckhorn, Jan. 14-20; Camp Beauregard, Jan. 7-13; Dewey Wills, Jan. 21-27; Jackson Bienville, Jan. 7-13 ; Loggy Bayou, Dec. 17-23; Ouachita, Dec. 31-Jan. 6; Pearl River, Jan. 21-27; Pomme de Terre, Jan. 21-27; Red River, Jan. 21-27; Russell Sage, Dec. 31- Jan. 6; Sherburne, Jan. 21-27; Sicily Island Hills, Jan. 14-20; Spring Bayou, Jan. 21-27; Three Rivers, Jan. 21-27; and Union, Dec. 24-30.
  • Approved use of Type A personal watercraft, model year 2003 and beyond, which are eight feet in length or greater, from April 1 (beginning 2012) until the Monday of Labor Day Weekend, from sunrise to sunset in these areas: Catahoula Lake, Maurepas Swamp WMA, Pearl River WMA, and Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMA. Additionally, no person shall operate such watercraft on these areas at a speed greater than "slow/no wake" within 100 feet of an anchored or moored vessel, shoreline, dock, pier, persons engaged in angling or any other manually powered vessel.

The amendment adopted as part of the General Hunting Rules and Regulations NOI includes:

  • Extending the Special Youth Deer Season on private lands from two to seven days. In addition, youth will be allowed to use any legal weapon during the Primitive Firearms Season in each deer hunting area.

To view the full notices of intent, as presented Feb. 8 by LDWF, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359 or rmyers@wlf.louisiana.gov.

2011 Free Fishing Weekend in Louisiana Set for June 11-12

Release Date: 05/06/2011

May 6, 2011 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission officially proclaimed June 11 and 12 as “Free Fishing Weekend” at the May 5 commission meeting.  The promotional fishing dates are provided for novices and non-anglers as an opportunity to experience recreational fishing in fresh or salt water without the purchase of a recreational fishing license. 

The program is part of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) efforts to attract more participants into the ranks of licensed fishermen.  Fishing license fees support LDWF's conservation efforts including habitat management.

"LDWF is encouraging licensed recreational fishermen to introduce someone to fishing on the weekend of June 11-12," said John Sturgis, LDWF education manager.  "It's an activity anyone of any age can enjoy, even without a boat.  Louisiana offers some of the best bank and pier fishing opportunities in the south."

"Free Fishing Weekend" is a part of Fishing Week in Louisiana that runs from June 6 to 12.  The event was created to help reverse the trend of declining participation in outdoor activities across America.

In conjunction with Free Fishing Weekend, LDWF and the Office of State Parks will host Family Fishing Day on Saturday, June 11 at the following sites: Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton; Chicot State Park, Ville Platte; Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville; and within New Orleans City Park. Family Fishing Day at these park sites will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear for pier or bank fishing. LDWF will provide basic fishing gear for anyone needing gear for the day.

Entrance fees at the three state parks hosting Family Fishing Day will be waived on June 11. For information and directions to all Louisiana State Parks and New Orleans City Park, visit www.lastateparks.com.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov, or Sharon Broussard at 225-342-5473 or sbroussard@crt.state.la.us. 

LDWF Announces Spring Shrimp Season

Release Date: 05/05/2011

Spring Shrimp Season Opening Dates Map

May 5, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2011 Louisiana spring shrimp season. The opening dates were set based on recommendations made by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and public comments. The commission also granted LDWF Secretary Robert Barham the authority to adjust these season dates based upon biological/technical data and/or threats to the resource caused by high river stages or the opening of the Bonnet Carre spillway or Morganza spillway.

The 2011 Louisiana shrimp season will open as follows:

Shrimp Management Zone 1

  • The portion of Zone 1 from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the northern shore of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) will open at 6 a.m., May 23.
  • The portion of Zone 1 from the northern shore of the MRGO to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to open at 6 a.m. May 16.

Shrimp Management Zone 2

  1. The portion of Zone 2 west of the western shore of Bayou Lafourche to open at 6 a.m., May 13.
  2. The portion of Zone 2 from Bayou Lafourche to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to open at 6 a.m., May 16. 
  3. The portion of Zone 2 from the Atchafalaya River to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island was ordered to open by the Secretary effective May 6, at 6 a.m.

Shrimp Management Zone 3

  1. All of Zone 3, from the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island to the Louisiana/Texas state line, to open at 6 a.m. May 16.

Development of LDWF management recommendations for spring inshore opening dates utilize criteria which project the date when a minimum of 50 percent of the inshore brown shrimp population sampled reach sizes of 100 count (per pound) or larger. 

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

Environmental Education Commission Meeting Scheduled for May 10

Release Date: 05/04/2011

May 4, 2011 - The Louisiana Environmental Education Committee will meet in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, May 10 at 1 p.m. in the Louisiana Room at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters located at 2000 Quail Drive.

The meeting agenda includes the following:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call/Sign-in
  3. Introduction
  4. Minutes from last meeting
  5. Financial Report
  6. Coordinator’s Report
  7. Old Business
    1. 2011 Symposium Report
    2. State Environmental Literacy Plan
    3. EE Grants & Sustainability Grant Awards
    4. Environmental Awareness Art & Language Arts Contest winner announcementsminutes
  8. New Business
    1. 2012 Symposium: discussion & committee formation
  9. Announcements
    1. House Bill 292 update
  10. Next Meeting Dates: August 9, 2011, November 8, 2011 (possible reschedule), February 14, 2012 (up for discussion)
  11. Adjournment  

For more information contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255.

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting May 10 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 05/04/2011

May 4, 2011 – Next Tuesday, May 10 at 1 p.m. the Louisiana Oyster Task Force will meet at the Capitol Park Welcome Center in Baton Rouge, located at 702 N River Road. 

The agenda for tomorrow’s meeting is as follows:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of  March 29, 2011 MINUTES
  3. Treasury Report
    1. Oyster Tag Sales
    2. LOTF Financial Report
  4. Committee Reports
    1. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)
    2. Enforcement   - (Keith Lacaze)
    3. Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)
    4. Research – (John Supan)
    5. Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)
    6. Marketing - (Dana Brocato)
    7. Health – (Glenn Cambre)
  5. Old Business
    1. Public Oyster Reef Evaluation & Shell Plant – Patrick Banks
    2. BP Oil Spill Remediation
      1. Claims Process
      2. Public Reef Remediation
      3. Oyster Lease Remediation
    3. Oyster Lease Moratorium Update
    4. Sabine Lake Oyster Reefs Update
  6. New Business
    1. Oyster-Related Legislative Bills Review
    2. Trip Tickets:  Adding Oyster Lease and Vessel Information – Dana Brocato
  7. Set Next Meeting
  8. Adjourn

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504)286-8735.

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting Agenda for May 10

Release Date: 05/04/2011

May 4, 2011 – Next Tuesday, May 10, at 9:30 a.m. the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force will meet in Baton Rouge at the Capitol Park Welcome Center in Baton Rouge, located at 702 N River Road. 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call - Mark Schexnayder
  3. Selection of the Vice-Chairman
  4. Approval of Minutes from 4.21.11
  5. Review and Adoption of Amended Bylaws
  6. Discussion of Requesting Exemption of 99 mile travel limit
  7. Discussion on Shrimp Excise Tax
  8. Shrimp Management Opportunities
  9. Update from Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board
  10. Subcommittee Membership Discussion
    1. Seafood Promotion and Marketing Subcommittee
    2. Louisiana Certified Seafood Program Subcommittee
  11. Public Comment
  12. Other Business
  13. Next Meeting / Agenda
  14. Adjournment

The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force was created by Act 606 of the Louisiana Legislature to study and monitor the shrimp industry and to make recommendations to the state.

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information contact Laura Wooderson at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

Amended Agenda for May Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 05/04/2011

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, May 5, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of April 7, 2011
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
  4. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/April
  5. To consider Resolution on Free Fishing Weekend
  6. To consider 2011-2013 Hunting Seasons and 2011-2012 WMA Season: Consideration of Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent
  7. To consider General and WMA Hunting Rules and Regulations: Consideration of Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent
  8. To consider Deer Management Assistance Program: Consideration of Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent\
  9. To consider Declaration of Emergency on Setting the Opening Dates of the 2011 Spring Inshore Shrimp Season
  10. To consider Declaration of Emergency to open Public Oyster Seed Grounds in the Lake Borgne and Mississippi Sound area
  11. To consider Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill
  12. Set September 2011 Meeting Date
  13. Receive Public Comments
  14. Adjournment

 

Winners Announced for Second Stop on Louisiana Saltwater Series Tournament Trail

Release Date: 05/03/2011

May 3, 2011 – On Saturday, April 30, 2011, the second annual Louisiana Saltwater Series made its second stop on the tournament trail at Calcasieu Point Landing in Lake Charles, La., with 26 boats entered and over $4,000 awarded in cash prizes.

The series was developed by LDWF in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources and targets one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  

Taking home first place overall were Blake Champion and Mike Lambert with a two fish total weight of 11.7 pounds.

A total of 69 redfish were tagged and released during Saturday’s event.  The results of the tagging will aid conservation efforts for redfish in the future, helping to ensure healthy populations and a successful recreational fishing industry.

Visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com for more information including event photographs and a complete listing of results, and be sure to mark your calendars for our next tournament on May 14 at Venice Marina.  Each series includes two-man teams with a $200 entry fee for each event. For teams consisting of three members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.  The tournament is a 100 percent payout series.

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.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

*Photos available upon request. 

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