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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Announces Road Closures at Grassy Lake WMA

Release Date: 01/11/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Announces Road Closures at Grassy Lake WMA

Jan. 11, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed North Bayou Natchitoches Road at Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) as well as Bayou Natchitoches Road from the Bayou Des Sot Bridge to Smith Bay because of high water brought on by flooding.
 
The remaining portions of Bayou Natchitoches Road are expected to be closed Wednesday (Jan. 13). Cas Cas Road remains closed at this time.
Increasing water levels in associated river systems has caused backwater flooding on these thoroughfares to the extent where travel is unsafe.  Once the water recedes and necessary repairs have been made, vehicular traffic will be allowed.
 
Grassy Lake WMA is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville. 
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767 or contact Tony Vidrine or Cody Haynes at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or jhaynes@wlf.la.gov  .

 

Deer Hunting Halted in Atchafalaya Basin By High Water Benchmark Closure

Release Date: 01/10/2016

Deer Hunting Halted in Atchafalaya Basin By High Water Benchmark Closure

Deer Hunting Halted in Atchafalaya Basin By High Water Benchmark Closure

Jan. 10, 2016 – Rising flood waters in the Atchafalaya Basin triggered an automatic deer hunting season closure Saturday in parts of Deer Area 9.
 
As the flood gauge at Butte La Rose reached 18 feet Saturday, the High Water Benchmark Closure, enacted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in Title 76, has closed deer hunting in an area of the Atchafalaya Basin in portions of Iberia, Iberville, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes.
 
The area encompasses those parishes south of I-10, west and east of the Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee and north of U.S. 90.
 
The closure will remain in effect until the flood gauge goes below the 18-foot mark as mandated.
 
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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

Oyster Transplant Permits Available

Release Date: 01/08/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
January 8, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

Oyster Transplant Permits Available

 

(January 8, 2016) - Under a potential oyster transplanting program, licensed Louisiana oyster harvesters may be permitted to move oysters from the public oyster seed grounds located in Lake Borgne and Mississippi Sound (LDHH harvest areas 1 and 2), and transplant them to their private leases for later harvest.   This potential program would be for the purpose of moving live oyster resource from restricted areas of the public oyster seed grounds to private leases.  It is part of an initiative by both the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to provide additional harvest opportunities for the Louisiana oyster industry and to remove live oyster resource from the outfall area of the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway in the event that the spillway is determined to be a direct threat to the oyster resource.  The Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has the authority to close the oyster season in this area if excessive amounts of non-living reef material are found in the oyster loads that are being transplanted.

 

The two state agencies allow such transplants on a permit-only basis, and will only allow the transplant if the oyster season in this area of the public oyster seed grounds is reopened. Permit applications will be accepted from January 12, 2016 through January 22, 2016 at 628 N. 4th Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 

The transplant permit fee is $100 and a performance bond of $5,000 must accompany the transplant application. Oyster fishermen who are granted permits may be allowed to transplant during daylight hours between February 1, 2016 and February 14, 2016 only, and each transplant vessel must be under the direct supervision of a commissioned officer. All costs associated with the commissioned officer are the responsibility of the person securing the permit. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

 

The oysters that are transplanted must remain on the lease until written approval for market harvest is obtained from LDHH.  No part of any lease on which shellfish have been transplanted may be utilized for direct market harvesting during this period. Shellfish taken for transplanting purposes shall not be laid down within 500 feet of any adjoining lease where shellfish may be taken for sale as food during the active period of the transplant.

 

Oyster fishermen who receive permits may be allowed to transplant oysters taken from the public oyster seed grounds in Lake Borgne and Mississippi Sound only to a lease pre-approved by the Department of Health and Hospitals. A map identifying the lease where the oysters to be transplanted will be bedded must accompany each permit application.

 

Applications for transplant permits may be obtained between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, from Gordon LeBlanc or Christopher Lemaire, Department of Health and Hospitals, Commercial Seafood Program, 628 N. 4th Street , Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70821. Phone:  225-342-7539 or 225-342-7540.

 

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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

Deer Hunting Season to Reopen in Portion of Northeast and Central Louisiana on Saturday Morning 30 Minutes Before Sunrise

Release Date: 01/08/2016

Jan. 8, 2016 – Deer hunting season in areas of northeast and central Louisiana near the Mississippi River will resume Saturday (Jan. 9) 30 minutes before sunrise.

The closure, enacted Jan. 3 because of flooding of the Mississippi River, covered land from the Arkansas state line, east to U.S. 65 to Vidalia, La., and west of the Louisiana-Mississippi border. However, land from the levee to the Mississippi River in this area will remain closed until further notice.

Parishes affected by the closure include East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia.
  
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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LWF Commission Votes to Close Deer Hunting Season in Portions of State Should Morganza and Bonnet Carre Spillway Openings Be Necessary

Release Date: 01/07/2016

LWF Commission Votes to Close Deer Hunting Season in Portions of State Should Morganza and Bonnet Carre Spillway Openings Be Necessary

LWF Commission Votes to Close Deer Hunting Season in Portions of State Should Morganza and Bonnet Carre Spillway Openings Be Necessary

Jan. 7, 2016 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted Thursday (Jan. 7) to close deer hunting season in areas affected by the Morganza and Bonnet Carre spillways should either or both be opened because of flooding of the Mississippi River.  The action came during the commission’s monthly meeting in Baton Rouge.
 
The closures will become effective a half hour after sunset on the dates the spillways are opened.
 
All land within the Morganza Spillway, which could be opened as soon as Monday, would be closed to deer hunting, including from the Morganza control structure, south to I-10 and from I-10 south within the protection levees of the Atchafalaya basin.
 
Additionally, the following buffer area east of the Morganza Spillway will be closed to deer hunting: All land between the East Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee eastward to LA 1, beginning at the junction of LA 1 and LA 10 in Morganza, thence following LA 10 west to LA 77, then south on LA 77 to LA 81 near Fordoche, then south on LA 81 to LA 77 south of Livonia, then south on LA 77 to LA 76 at Maringouin, then south on LA 76 to Hwy. 3000, then south on Hwy. 3000 to I-10 at Ramah.
 
Other closures would include Sherburne WMA, including the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge, the Bayou Des Ourses Area and the Indian Bayou Area.
 
Land in and around the Bonnet Carre Spillway, which could be opened as soon as Saturday, would be closed.
 
The commission acted under authority of Louisiana Revised Statue 49:953 of the Administrative Procedure Act. The closure will remain in effect until rescinded by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary.
 
The public is encouraged to monitor the spillway openings this week and weekend prior to planning deer hunting in these areas.
 
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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Notices of Intent for Hunting Seasons, Hunting Regulations and WMA Rules

Release Date: 01/07/2016

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Notices of Intent for Hunting Seasons, Hunting Regulations and WMA Rules

Jan. 7, 2016 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted notices of intent for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 hunting seasons, 2016-17 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting seasons and rules and regulations, 2017 general and WMA turkey hunting season and rules and regulations, and 2016-17 migratory bird hunting season and rules and regulations at its January meeting Thursday in Baton Rouge.
 
The notices of intent include proposed hunting season dates and changes from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the upcoming hunting seasons and provide for a public comment period.
This year is the first inclusion of waterfowl seasons, regulations and bag limits in the annual NOI process.
 
Some of the proposed changes include:
 
Incorporation of former Deer Area 5 into Deer Area 1 and the creation of a new Deer Area 5 within the levee protection system of the Atchafalaya Basin;
 
Implementation of mandatory hunter check-in for either-sex firearms deer hunts on several WMAs, including Bayou Macon, Boeuf, Big Lake, Buckhorn, Dewey W. Wills, Grassy Lake, Pomme de Terre, Richard K. Yancey, Russell Sage and Sherburne;
 
Modification of allowable weapons to be carried for protection purposes on WMAs, which will expand allowances on such weapons to be more consistent with changes to Title 56 last year;
 
Expansion on allowance for personal water craft on WMAs, to allow such on all WMAs rather than on a select few during a specified time of year;
 
Elimination of February hog dog season on Boeuf, Dewey W. Wills and Richard K. Yancey WMAs;
 
Creation of a limited access area within Dewey W. Wills WMA;
 
Elimination of a limited access area within Salvador/Timken WMA;
 
Benchmark deer season closure for Maurepas Swamp WMA;
 
Prohibition on the operation of mud boats and air cooled propulsion engines after 2 p.m. from September-January on Pass-a-Loutre WMA;
 
Change of youth turkey lottery hunts on Bodcau and Jackson Bienville WMAs to open youth turkey hunts;
 
Addition of squirrel and rabbit hunting with dogs during February on Thistlethwaite WMA.
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from February through April and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov until 4:30 p.m., April 6, 2016.
 
Additionally, LDWF will collect public comment at public hearings to be held at the following locations:
 
Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office, 646 Cajundome Blvd., Suite 400, Lafayette;
 
Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the LSU Ag Center (next to Burton Coliseum, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles;
 
Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Dry Prong Community Center, 705 2nd St., Dry Prong;
 
Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Ponchatoula High School Library, 19452 LA Hwy. 22, Ponchatoula
 
Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe Office, 368 CenturyLink Dr., Monroe;
 
Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Houma Municipal Auditorium, 880 Verret St., Houma;
 
Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3rd St., Alexandria;
 
Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Office, 9961 Hwy. 80, Minden.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359, 318-487-5885, or
ssmith@wlf.la.gov.
 
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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

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LDWF’s Amity Bass Honored with Special Award by East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture

Release Date: 01/07/2016

LDWF’s Amity Bass Honored with Special Award by East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture

East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture’s Rob Holbrook (left) presents LDWF biologist director Amity Bass (center) with a special award from the organization along with CNR Chief Bob Love

 

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Crab Task Force to Meet January 12th at 1:00p.m.

Release Date: 01/07/2016

                                                                             

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Tuesday, January 12, at 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 November 17 meeting minutes and January 12 agenda

           III.             Financial Report

           IV.           Old Business

A.     Legislative Recommendations

B.      Discussion of Suspension of LFF Program

 

             V.            New Business

A.     Crab Trap Closures- Jeff Marx

B.     Blue Crab Tagging Project- Zack Darnell

C.     New Officer Elections

 

      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/4579328862495864834

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.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup.

 

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

LWF Commission Adopts Notice of Intent to Promulgate Rules Regarding Turtle Excluder Device (TED) Penalties

Release Date: 01/07/2016

News Release

For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 7, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a notice of intent to promulgate rules that mirror the current federal rules and regulations for turtle excluder devices.

 

This action would allow infractions concerning the illegal use of TEDs to be handled in the state courts, as opposed to the federal system. This action is similar to those that the Commission has taken to have concurrent state and federal fishery management regulations.

 

The Shrimp Task Force supported this action unanimously at their December 9, 2015 meeting.

 

To view the full notice of intent, please click here.

 

Interested persons may submit comments relevant to the proposed rule by 4:30 p.m. April 1, 2016 to Jeffrey Marx, Office of Fisheries, 2415 Darnall Road, New Iberia, LA 70560 or via email at jmarx@wlf.la.gov.

 

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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

The LWFC acknowledges LDWF’s hard work regarding red snapper management

Release Date: 01/07/2016

January 7, 2016 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted a resolution to commend and endorse LDWF on setting the 2016 recreational red snapper season in state waters, which begins tomorrow at 6:00 a.m.  The resolution acknowledges the work accomplished by LDWF to provide recreational red snapper anglers with additional fishing days while remaining within the states historic harvest percentage. 

The development of LA Creel (near real-time recreational harvest monitoring), the extension of state water boundaries, regional management actions at the Gulf Council, and outreach to the private recreational and charter fishing sectors are tools the agency has used to prove that the state is better suited to manage recreational fisheries.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioner, Billy Broussard said “LDWF, under Robert Barham’s leadership, has provided an example to state and federal fishery managers across the country, how a recreational fishery can be accountable and precisely managed.”

LDWF has recently announced a recreational red snapper season in state waters beginning January 8th at 6:00 a.m.

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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

 

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