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LDWF Schedules Saline Lake Drawdown for Aquatic Vegetation Control

Release Date: 06/03/2016

(June 3, 2016) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown for vegetation control in Saline Lake in Natchitoches and Winn Parishes.  The drawdown is scheduled to begin on June 14, 2016.  The control structure will be closed for refill no later than the first week of October 2016.

The lake level will be lowered 8-feet below pool stage.  This level is required to achieve sufficient drying for vegetation control.  

The action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan for control of aquatic vegetation in Saline Lake.  Herbicide applications will be conducted during the drawdown in areas accessible with spray equipment. 

Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised of boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.

For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Villis Dowden, LDWF Biologist, at vdowden@wlf.la.gov or (318) 357-3214. 

 

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Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 06/03/2016

                                                                             

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Wednesday, June 8, for 1:00 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., Room 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

I.            Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

II.            Approval of April 5, 2016 meeting minutes and June 8, 2016 agenda

III.             Financial Report

IV.            Old Business

A.     Discussion of Management Options- Jeff Marx

New Business

A.     Update on Sustainability Certification- Damon Morris

B.     Discussion of 2016 Blue Crab Stock Assessment and Additional Analyses of the Estimated Impacts of Potential Rule Changes- Jeff Marx

C.     Update on Commission Meeting Items

D.    Discussion of the Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board’s Summary of Efforts, Funding- Karen Profita

E.     Discussion of Black Drum Regulations and Issues that Protect Smaller Crab Population- Emery Lebouef

F.     Discussion and Proposed funding of Industry Congressional Staff Tour- Chalin Delaune

      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

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For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Draft Forest Management Prescriptions Available for Review

Release Date: 06/01/2016

June 1, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) draft forest management prescriptions for six Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are available for review.
 
To see the documents, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma-forest-management-prescriptions.
 
The prescriptions, which provide habitat management proposals, include areas on Bayou Macon, Boeuf, Dewey Wills, Little River, Russell Sage and Sandy Hollow WMAs. The documents detail proposed methods to improve, maintain and sustain wildlife habitat while providing quality wildlife-oriented recreational improvements and growing quality timber resources for the long-term.
 
Each document includes a description of the area to be addressed within each WMA, the current condition of each forest type found within the compartment, the soil types and hydrology of the area and wildlife habitat conditions.
 
Plans also include management objectives, management concerns and how areas of concern will be addressed to enhance or sustain the forest and wildlife habitat.  Timber harvest is often the most feasible means to manipulate forest habitat for the management of wildlife providing short and long-term benefits. 
 
Anyone wishing to comment on the prescriptions should submit comments by July 15 to Donald Locascio, Wildlife Division, LDWF, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 or dlocascio@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Invites You to Enjoy a Weekend of Free Fishing in Louisiana

Release Date: 06/01/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites Louisianans and non-residents alike to participate in this year’s free fishing weekend on June 11 and 12.  Free fishing weekend provides an opportunity for anglers to fish without a fishing license on any of the state’s public waters.
 
The Department hopes the weekend will help recruit new anglers and encourage those who haven’t been fishing recently to enjoy one of Louisiana’s most popular sports. If you already have a fishing license, consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing.  
 
In conjunction with free fishing weekend, several fishing events will be offered throughout the state including: 
 
Anderson Pond Fishing Event
Kisatchie, LA
6:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
(318) 472-1840
 
Bogue Chitto Fishing Rodeo
9 a.m. – noon
(985) 839-5707
 
D’Arbonne Fishing Rodeo
8 a.m. – noon
(318) 368-2086
 
Family Fishing Festival
Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge
8 a.m. – noon
(337) 598-2216
 
In an effort to provide accessible and successful fishing opportunities, LDWF will stock several ponds throughout the state with adult channel catfish. The following locations will be stocked prior to free fishing weekend:
 
Bombing Range Pond
Winnfield, LA
 
BREC’s Burbank Pond
12400 Burbank Drive
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge
1428 LA- 27
Bell City, LA 70630
 
Girard Park
500 Girard Park Drive
Lafayette, LA 70503
 
Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park
8200 Patricia St.
Chalmette, LA 70043
 
Zemurray Park
400 S. Oak Street
Hammond, LA 70403
 
Although no license is required, anglers are reminded that all fishing regulations still apply.
 
With the exception of free fishing weekend, anglers 16 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Fishing liceneses can be purchased online at https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com/start.php.
 
By purchasing a fishing license, you also help provide funding for public fishing and boating access, fishing programs and education and fisheries management through the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.

AMENDED - June 2016 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 06/01/2016

AMENDED - June 2016 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

(REMOVED:  Presentation of Landowner Recognition Award for Support of the First Successful Whooping Crane Nest of the Reintroduction Project)

The next regular Commission Meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA  70808

The following items will be discussed:

1.    Call to Order        

2.    Pledge of Allegiance

3.    Roll Call

4.    Approval of May 05, 2016 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.    Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege        

6.    To hear Enforcement Reports May 2016

7.    To hear an update on the 2016 Legislative Session

8.    To consider a Notice of Intent to establish the Oyster Harvester Training Program

9.    To hear an update on Potential Actions to address overfished status of Blue Crabs

10.  To hear an update on West End Artificial Reef Project

11.  To hear an update related to possession limit for saltwater recreational finfish landed at Port Eads Marina 

12.  To hear an update on the Notice of Intent to Outlaw Quadruped, Nutria and Beaver Night Take Permit and to consider amendments thereto

13.  Set October 2016 Meeting Date

14.  Receive Public Comments

15.  To consider holding an executive session, pursuant to R.S. 42:17(A)(2) to discuss on-going litigation in the matters of:  State of Louisiana v. ASA Properties, et al., Docket No. 72779, Sec. B, 42nd JDC, DeSoto Parish;  State of Louisiana v. ASA Properties, et al., Docket No. 35809, Red River Parish;  Chesapeake Louisiana, L.P. v. Pintail Properties, LLC, et al., Docket No. 35565, 39th JDC, Red River Parish;  Petrohawk Operating Company v. Chesapeake Louisiana, L.P., et al., Docket No. 35,903, Red River Parish;  QEP Energy Company v. Pintail Properties, et al., Docket No. 35,801, Red River Parish, and;  Stroud Petroleum Inc. v. Pintail Properties LLC, et al., Docket No. 34865, 39th JDC, Red River Parish

16.  To consider allowing the Attorney General’s Office to pursue settlement negotiations on behalf of the Commission in the litigation identified in Agenda Item 15

17.  Adjournment

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June 2016 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 05/31/2016

The next regular Commission Meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

The following items will be discussed:

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Approval of May 05, 2016 Commission Meeting Minutes

5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6. Presentation of Landowner Recognition Award for Support of the First Successful Whooping Crane Nest of the Reintroduction Project

7. To hear Enforcement Reports May 2016

8. To hear an update on the 2016 Legislative Session

9. To consider a Notice of Intent to establish the Oyster Harvester Training Program

10. To hear an update on Potential Actions to address overfished status of Blue Crabs

11. To hear an update on West End Artificial Reef Project

12. To hear an update related to possession limit for saltwater recreational finfish landed at Port Eads Marina

13. To hear an update on the Notice of Intent to Outlaw Quadruped, Nutria and Beaver Night Take Permit and to consider amendments thereto

14. Set October 2016 Meeting Date

15. Receive Public Comments

16. To consider holding an executive session, pursuant to R.S. 42:17(A)(2) to discuss on-going litigation in the matters of: State of Louisiana v. ASA Properties, et al., Docket No. 72779, Sec. B, 42nd JDC, DeSoto Parish; State of Louisiana v. ASA Properties, et al., Docket No. 35809, Red River Parish; Chesapeake Louisiana, L.P. v. Pintail Properties, LLC, et al., Docket No. 35565, 39th JDC, Red River Parish; Petrohawk Operating Company v. Chesapeake Louisiana, L.P., et al., Docket No. 35,903, Red River Parish; QEP Energy Company v. Pintail Properties, et al., Docket No. 35,801, Red River Parish, and; Stroud Petroleum Inc. v. Pintail Properties LLC, et al., Docket No. 34865, 39th JDC, Red River Parish

17. To consider allowing the Attorney General’s Office to pursue settlement negotiations on behalf of the Commission in the litigation identified in Agenda Item 16

18. Adjournment

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LDWF Accepting Applications for Waterfowl Group Hunts at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area for 2016-17 Hunting Season

Release Date: 05/26/2016

May 26, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will begin accepting applications Thursday (May 26) through June 20 for waterfowl group hunts for up to 12 hunters per group at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA). 
 
The cost of the 2016-17 waterfowl season hunts will be $30,000 for each group and the application form is available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications. A completed application form and $2,500 deposit must be submitted to LDWF by the close of business on June 20.
 
Interested groups must select one two-day group hunt per application.  When selecting dates from the dates offered (example: Nov. 12-13), it is understood that arrival will be the afternoon before (example: Nov. 11).  The two consecutive days of hunting do not include the arrival day, which will be the day before from 3-5 p.m.
 
LDWF will select one application by random lottery drawing for each hunt offered.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must submit a separate application for each two-day group hunt they wish to reserve. Applicants can apply for as many as three separate two-day hunts. If multiple applications are submitted, each will require a separate $2,500 deposit.
 
Applications must be accompanied by a bank draft, money order or other liquid instrument made payable to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in the amount of $2,500.  If the application is selected, the deposit is non-refundable. The applicant will be notified by mail or e-mail, and will be required to submit the final payment of $27,500 no later than Oct. 15, 2016.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Any unsold hunts after the application deadline will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis. Please contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 ext. # 1 or email wsweeney@wlf.la.gov to find out what hunting dates may still be available. A hunt will be considered sold once a deposit and application is received in our Baton Rouge office at the address referenced in the application.
 
The fee covers up to 12 hunters and includes the following:  transportation to and from the airport (Jennings or Lake Charles or Lafayette), all food and beverages, two-night stay at the White Lake Lodge, professional hunting and fishing guides, hunting and fishing licenses, steel shot shotgun shells for waterfowl hunts and steel shot for skeet range, the use of shotguns and fishing gear, bird and fish cleaning and packaging.
 
On the arrival day, hunters will watch a safety film and then be issued hunting and fishing licenses. If time allows, the group will shoot skeet in the late afternoon hours.  Day two starts with a morning waterfowl hunt from 6-9:30 a.m.  After the hunt, the group can fish or shoot clay targets on the skeet range or sporting clays course.  On day three, a morning waterfowl hunt is scheduled from 6-9:30 a.m., and checkout is no later than noon after lunch.
 
Applications must be mailed or delivered to:
 
 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attention: White Lake Group Hunt
2000 Quail Drive, Room 422
Baton Rouge, LA   70808
 
For more information on White Lake WCA waterfowl group hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Reminds Anglers of Amberjack and Gray Triggerfish Closure

Release Date: 05/25/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to advise anglers while targeting red snapper and other offshore species, the 2016 recreational fishing season for greater amberjack and gray triggerfish will close in state waters on Wednesday, June 1. 
  
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will also close federal waters to recreational harvest of both species June 1 through July 31.
 
The season for the recreational harvest of red snapper in Louisiana state waters is currently open and will remain open during the federal season, which begins on June 1, 2016.  
 
The Department reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to posses certain species, including red snapper. Anglers may obtain or new the permit, free of charge at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov.
 
The permit is required for any angler possessing tuna, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, wahoo, cobia and dolphin, except for anglers under 16 years of age or anglers fishing on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit.
 
Anglers may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration. A valid Louisiana fishing license number is required to obtain a permit. A confirmation number is allowed for a temporary (trip) license.

 

LDWF Celebrates Bayou Platte Waterbird Rookery Restoration Project at Marsh Island Refuge

Release Date: 05/23/2016

Black skimmers and gull-billed terns gather at Bayou Platte Waterbird Rookery. (LDWF photo).

May 23, 2016 – Thanks to a grant from the Shell Marine Habitat Program through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has completed restoration of the Bayou Platte Waterbird Rookery at Marsh Island Refuge.
 
LDWF celebrated the accomplishment Monday by holding a small celebration at the colony on Marsh Island Refuge.
 
Located in Iberia Parish between Vermilion Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Marsh Island is home to two island rookeries which make up the Bayou Platte Waterbird Colony. These two islands are the only colonial seabird rookeries in the Vermilion/Cote Blanche Bay complex.
 
This year marks the first nesting season since the restoration of the islands was completed, and the rookeries are already proving to be very productive. This season an estimated 2,000 nesting pairs of birds have taken up residence on the rookeries, which far exceeds the project goal of 500 nesting pairs.
 
“This project has created and restored the largest artificial nesting islands in coastal Louisiana and provides nesting opportunities for species of conservation need,’’ said Todd Baker, the director of LDWF’s Coastal and Nongame Resources Division who oversees coastal operations and habitat conservation. “Our surveys indicate many waterbird species utilize these rookeries, many of which are Species of Greatest Conservation Need as identified in the Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan.’’
 
The two rookeries were originally built in the early 1990s but by 2012 were in poor shape due to subsidence and erosion. The restoration project began in August of 2013 through May 2014 when bird nesting activities halted construction to avoid disturbing nesting birds. Construction resumed after nesting season in November of 2014 and was completed last year.
 
Bird surveys during and after construction indicated heavy use by black skimmers, gull-billed terns, Forster’s terns, least terns, laughing gulls among other waterbird species.
 
This summer marks the 26th anniversary of the creation of the nesting islands. This was the first nesting season after restoration was completed. Biologists estimate that within the last 10 years, more than 10,000 nesting birds utilized these islands. 
 
For more information, contact Tyson Crouch at 337-373-0032 or tcrouch@wlf.la.gov.

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Reopens All Roads at Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 05/23/2016

May 23, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened all roads in the Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
 
Repairs have been made to roads in the WMA impacted by flood water and are safe for use.
 
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
 

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