LDWF News

LDWF News Release

LDWF Announces 2016 Derelict Crab Trap Cleanup; Volunteers Needed

Release Date: 02/01/2016

(Feb. 1, 2016) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will again host its annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo will two volunteer cleanup events during the month of February. 
 
The Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program was initiated by LDWF in 2004 to address the removal of derelict and abandoned crab traps.  The traps increase ghost-fishing mortality of blue crabs and other species captured incidentally, interfere with other commercial fishing gear types, create navigation hazards and degrade the beauty of our natural environment.
 
The volunteer-based program is funded through commercial fishermen gear fees, and since its inception has disposed of more than 24,000 derelict crab traps. Last year, LDWF and Louisiana Sea Grant staff, CCA, and volunteers from the recreational fishing community assisted in retrieving more than 400 abandoned traps.  This year, LDWF is teaming up with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program to conduct two cleanup events as part of the NOAA Marine Debris Removal Program.
 

Area Closures
 
In order to conduct the trap cleanups, licensed crab fishermen and seafood dealers received a notice informing them crab traps must be removed from within the closure areas during the closure period, and all remaining crab traps will be considered abandoned and may be removed by agency personnel or volunteers.
 
Crab traps may be removed only between one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Anyone may remove these abandoned traps from within the closed areas.  Abandoned traps must be brought to LDWF designated disposal sites and may not be taken from the closed area.
 
These proposed trap removal regulations do not provide authorization for access to private property. Authorization to access private property can only be provided by individual landowners.
 
Maps of the closure areas can be found here, and the use of traps will be prohibited in the following areas:
·      Lake Pontchartrain: The use of crab traps will be prohibited beginning Friday, February 12 at 6 a.m. through Sunday, February 21 at 6 a.m.
·      Barataria Basin: The use of crab traps will be prohibited beginning Friday, February 19 at 6 a.m. through Sunday, February 28 at 6 a.m.
·      Sabine Lake: The use of crab traps will be prohibited in the following area beginning Friday, February 19 at 6 a.m. through Sunday, February 28 at 6 a.m.

Volunteers
 
LDWF encourages volunteers to participate in this opportunity to remove abandon crab traps and conserve Louisiana’s marine resources. Volunteers are needed to assist with dockside activities including unloading and stacking traps. The greatest need is for volunteer boat owners to help maximize trap collection.
 
·      Lake Pontchartrain: A dedicated volunteer day will be held on Saturday, February 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pelican Pointe Marina. This event is held in coordination with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, and lunch and door prizes will be provided. In order to better coordinate volunteer activities, volunteers are encouraged to register in advance at the following website: http://lpbf.wufoo.com/forms/derelict-crab-trap-registration/
 
·      Barataria Basin: A dedicated volunteer day will be held on Saturday, February 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Jean Lafitte Harbor. This event is held in coordination with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Foundation Program, and lunch and door prizes will be provided. In order to better coordinate volunteer activities, volunteers are encouraged to register in advance at the following website: https://surveymonkey.com/r/F9C2L2G

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 02/01/2016

Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda Thursday, February 04, 2016

9:30 AM at LDWF Headquarters Buildling in Baton Rouge , La.

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call

3. Approval of Minutes from January 07, 2016 and November 05, 2016 Meeting

4. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

5. To hear Enforcement Reports January 2016

6. To hear a presentation on the Stock Assessment Report for Striped Mullet

7. To consider a Notice of Intent to modify Greater Amberjack commercial trip limits and recreational size limits

8. To hear a presentation on the recommendations of the Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee

9. To consider a Resolution confirming Louisiana’s jurisdiction over Reef Fish Management between three and nine nautical miles, as recognized by the U.S. Congress, and clarifying gear restrictions, methods of take and licensing in these waters

10. To hear an update on comments regarding the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 General and WMA Hunting Seasons and Rules and Regulations, 2017 General and WMA Turkey Hunting Season and Rules and Regulations, and 2016-2017 Migratory Birds Regulations, Seasons, and Bag Limits Notice of Intent and to Consider any amendments thereto

11. To hear an update on the Game and Fish Preserves’ governing authorities contacts

12. Set June 2016 Meeting Date

13. Receive Public Comments

14. Adjournment

 

A live stream of this meeting will be available via GotoWebinar.com at the following link:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3246852711580946178

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Tags:

Deer Hunting Season to Reopen in Parts of Deer Area 9

Release Date: 01/29/2016

Jan. 29, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is providing notice to deer hunters that deer hunting season in parts of Deer Area 9 in the Atchafalaya Basin will reopen Saturday (Jan. 30) when the Atchafalaya River gauge at Butte La Rose falls below 18 feet. 
 
The area encompasses Iberia, Iberville, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes south of I-10, west and east of the Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levees and north of U.S. 90.
 
The closure was necessitated when the flood gauge at Butte La Rose reached 18 feet on Jan. 9. The High Water Benchmark Closure, enacted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in Title 76, automatically closes that section of Deer Area 9 when the gauge hits the 18-foot mark.
 
Deer hunting season in Deer Area 9 is still open for primitive firearms and archery. Primitive firearms season comes to a close Sunday (Jan. 31) 30 minutes after sunset and archery ends Feb. 15.
 
For additional information on this deer hunting season, please contact Johnathan Bordelon @ 318-487-5885 or jbordelon@wlf.la.gov .

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet 2-2-16

Release Date: 01/28/2016

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. The meeting will convene at 9:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.  

Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

1.     Roll Call of Board Members

2.     Approval of Minutes from November 10, 2015 Meeting

3.     Hearing of Deferred Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Myron Prosperie

4.     Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Brock Buras

5.     Update on Recommendations Made at November 10, 2015 Meeting

6.     Receive Public Comments

7.     Set next meeting date

8.     Adjournment

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.

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.

 

For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov.  

LDWF Public Meetings Set for February on Proposed Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules and Regulations Changes

Release Date: 01/27/2016

Jan. 27, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold eight public meetings around the state to gather comments on the proposed 2016-18 resident game hunting season dates, 2016-17 waterfowl and migratory bird hunting season dates, 2016-17 wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes and the 2017 wild turkey seasons and hunting areas.
 
LDWF will also take public comment at these meetings for the proposed establishment of a WMA on Catahoula National Wildlife Management Preserve at Kisatchie National Forest.
 
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The meeting dates and locations include:
 
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.
 
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from now through April 6 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

Tags:

LDWF Public Meetings Set for February on Proposed Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules and Regulations Changes

Release Date: 01/27/2016

Jan. 27, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold eight public meetings around the state to gather comments on the proposed 2016-18 resident game hunting season dates, 2016-17 waterfowl and migratory bird hunting season dates, 2016-17 wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes and the 2017 wild turkey seasons and hunting areas.
 
LDWF will also take public comment at these meetings for the proposed establishment of a WMA on Catahoula National Wildlife Management Preserve at Kisatchie National Forest.
 
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The meeting dates and locations include:
 
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.
 
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from now through April 6 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

Tags:

LDWF Public Meetings Set for February on Proposed Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules and Regulations Changes

Release Date: 01/27/2016

Jan. 27, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold eight public meetings around the state to gather comments on the proposed 2016-18 resident game hunting season dates, 2016-17 waterfowl and migratory bird hunting season dates, 2016-17 wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes and the 2017 wild turkey seasons and hunting areas.
 
LDWF will also take public comment at these meetings for the proposed establishment of a WMA on Catahoula National Wildlife Management Preserve at Kisatchie National Forest.
 
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The meeting dates and locations include:
 
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.
 
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from now through April 6 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

Tags:

LDWF Public Meetings Set for February on Proposed Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules and Regulations Changes

Release Date: 01/27/2016

Jan. 27, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold eight public meetings around the state to gather comments on the proposed 2016-18 resident game hunting season dates, 2016-17 waterfowl and migratory bird hunting season dates, 2016-17 wildlife management areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes and the 2017 wild turkey seasons and hunting areas.
LDWF will also take public comment at these meetings for the proposed establishment of a WMA on Catahoula National Wildlife Management Preserve at Kisatchie National Forest.
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The meeting dates and locations include:
 
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.
 
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from now through April 6 or may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

Tags:

Shrimp Task Force to Meet February 3rd

Release Date: 01/26/2016

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

Clint Guidry, Chairman

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.             Approval of December 9, 2015 meeting minutes and February 3, 2016 agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget report- LDWF

IV.            Old Business

A.     Update on the TED notice of intent- Jeff Marx

B.     Update on shrimp enforcement and penalties- LDWF staff

C.     Nearshore artificial reefs- Craig Gothreaux

V.              New Business

A.     Audubon Gulf and MRAG MSC sustainability pre-assessments- Damon Morris

B.     Federal Permits and Amendment 17 A,B- Myron Fischer

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

 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8892797641076971009

Oyster Task Force to Meet February 2nd

Release Date: 01/26/2016

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 1:00 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210

New Orleans

 

 

 

I.      Roll call and introduction of guests

II.    Approval of January 5, 2016 Meeting Minutes and February 2, 2016 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 (Patrick Banks)

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.      Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Lance Broussard)

H.     Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

J.      Aquaculture

K.   Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee (John Tesvich)

 

VI.   New Business

A.     Update on oyster and water quality sampling related to the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening (LDWF Staff)

B.     FDA training as requirement for Louisiana Oyster Harvesters License (LDWF Staff)

             

VII.     Public Comment

VIII.  Set Next Meeting

IX.        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/5423398650792249346

Syndicate content