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LDWF Announces Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Training Workshop Dates

Release Date: 02/16/2018

Aquatic Volunteer Instructor teaching students about native fish and invasive species found in Louisiana.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer instructor for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)?  Through LDWF’s Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program (Aquatic VIP), you can learn not only the basics of fishing and fisheries management, but also how to teach those skills to get younger generations hooked on fishing too! The workshops offered through this program are perfect for teachers, Boy Scout leaders, homeschoolers, and anyone who enjoys fishing and the outdoors!

At this hands-on workshop led by LDWF biologists, you’ll receive the training you need to become a volunteer instructor, an invaluable ally in LDWF’s efforts to increase fishing participation and wise utilization of natural resources across Louisiana. Topics and activities include basic fishing techniques, proper fish identification, invasive species awareness, fish biology, fisheries management and more. A binder full of lesson plans, activity guides and educational materials will be given to all volunteers who attend the workshop. 

After completing the 8-hour workshop and passing a background check, volunteers can borrow equipment to help teach these topics to others. For example, if you’ve always wanted to host your own fishing clinic for youth, but didn’t have the materials and resources to run one, then this is your solution! We can provide fishing rods with basic tackle, a knot tying kit, art and crafts activities and more. Join us at one of our many free* workshops across the state to get started!  Here are the locations and dates of our upcoming Aquatic VIP workshops:

Wed. March 14th in Youngsville
Wed. April 18th in Shreveport
Wed. May 16th in Baton Rouge
Sat. June 16th in Baton Rouge for Teachers Only
Sat. August 11th in New Orleans
Wed. August 15th in Woodworth

If you have a group of people who are interested in taking this training together, please contact Alayna McGarry at 504-286-4050 or amcgarry@wlf.la.gov.  We may be able to come to your area and set up a private workshop for you and your group!

To find out more information or to sign up, please visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs.  For any questions about the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program, contact Alayna McGarry at (504)286-4050 or at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov

*A $25 registration fee is required to reserve your spot. This fee will be returned upon your arrival at the workshop. 

 

 

Registration for the Spring Women’s Fishing Workshops is Now Open!

Release Date: 02/15/2018

Registration for the Spring Women’s Fishing Workshops is Now Open!

Women's Workshop Participant wins her fight with this large Crevalle Jack!

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), CCA Louisiana, National Wildlife Federation, Cabela’s, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) are teaming up to present two Women’s Fishing Workshops this spring at Cabela’s Gonzales location. The workshops, held on Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, April 28, are open to women over the age of 18 who are looking to learn about fishing and utilizing Louisiana’s aquatic resources. 

Whether you’ve never fished, or you’re a more advanced angler looking to sharpen your knowledge, these workshops cover a variety of skills to help make fishing more enjoyable. LDWF biologists and aquatic volunteer instructors will train 30 women per event in fish identification, best fish handling practices, preparing fishing equipment, basic fishing skills, as well as catching, cleaning, storing, and cooking fish.  Fifteen participants will be randomly selected from each course and get the chance to apply their newly learned skills on an overnight fishing trip to Grand Isle under the direction of LDWF biologists and volunteer instructors. Participants will stay at the LDWF Fisheries Research Lab where they will get a chance to fish, tour and learn about the many projects led by fisheries biologists at the lab. The trip for the April 14 workshop will be June 1-3 and July 13-15 for the April 28 workshop.
 
Interested women may register at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishingworkshops. Please remember that each Women’s Fishing Workshop will be limited to 30 participants per date. Registration for the workshops will end on Friday, March 16, 2018. Participants may only attend one workshop.

Selected registrants will be notified via email or phone prior to each workshop. 

Participants must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. To purchase a fishing license, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.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, on Facebook at www.facebook.com, on Instagram @WLFLA, or on Twitter @LDWF.
 

The Women’s Fishing Workshops are 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 fisheries resources. 
 
 

LDWF Public Meetings on Proposed Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules and Regulation Changes to Begin Tuesday

Release Date: 02/14/2018

Feb. 14, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold six public meetings around the state, beginning Tuesday (Feb. 20) to present and gather comments on the proposed 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 hunting season, 2018-2019 general and WMA hunting seasons, rules and regulations, 2019 general and WMA turkey hunting season rules and regulations and the 2018-2019 migratory bird hunting season rules and regulations.
 
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. 20 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Office, 9961 Highway 80, Minden;
 
Feb. 23 (Friday) at 6 p.m. at the LSU Ag Center Building, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles;
 
Feb. 26 (Monday) at 6 p.m. at the Ponchatoula High School library, 19452 Highway 22, Ponchatoula;
 
Feb. 27 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 Third Street, Alexandria;
 
Feb. 28 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, 700 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette;
 
March 1 (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe office, 368 CenturyLink Drive, Monroe.
 
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulation changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted through April 5 at LWFC monthly meetings or may be submitted directly to Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA., 70898-9000 or via e-mail to ttuma@wlf.la.gov through April 3.
 
For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 
 

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Slot Limit for Black Bass Removed on Caney Creek Reservoir

Release Date: 02/14/2018

Regulations for black bass on Caney Creek Reservoir in Jackson Parish will change on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The existing slot limit will be rescinded and replaced with statewide regulations for the species, which is 10 fish daily creel limit with no length restrictions.
 
The protected slot limit was initially adopted as part of an effort to increase the production of trophy bass. Following a 3-year comprehensive assessment, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists determined length limit regulations have little impact upon the fishery, primarily due to the high rate of voluntary catch-and-release fishing by Caney bass anglers.
 
The removal of these regulations will enhance recreational opportunities and simplify regulations for area anglers; however, the department anticipates the potential for overharvest to be very low.
 
LDWF biologists will conduct a yearlong angler creel survey in 2018 to document any changes in angler behavior.
For additional information regarding this regulation change, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066. 

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Mississippi County Bordering Northeast Louisiana; LDWF closely monitoring situation

Release Date: 02/12/2018

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Mississippi County Bordering Northeast Louisiana; LDWF closely monitoring situation

Feb. 12, 2018 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is monitoring the discovery of a white-tailed deer found dead with chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Issaquena County, Miss., which borders East Carroll and Madison parishes in northeast Louisiana.
 
CWD is infectious and always fatal in deer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there is no evidence that CWD can infect humans.
 
LDWF encourages landowners in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes to curtail supplemental feeding of deer as a means to limit concentration and spread of the disease.
 
According to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) a 4-year-old free-ranging buck, that appeared to be emaciated, was found dead on Jan. 25. It tested positive for CWD on Jan. 29 at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.
 
As part of its response, the MDWFP has banned supplemental feeding in Issaquena, Claiborne, Hinds, Sharkey, Warren and Yazoo counties. This is the first case of CWD documented in Mississippi, which becomes the 25th state to confirm the presence of the disease.
 
LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said LDWF is coordinating with MDWFP for sampling and containment measures.
 
Deer infected with CWD can spread the disease even before symptoms develop. It can take one to two years for infected animals to become symptomatic. When symptoms appear, they can include emaciation, lethargy, abnormal behavior and loss of bodily functions. Other signs include excessive salivation, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, excessive thirst and urination, teeth grinding and drooping ears.
 
LDWF has tested more than 8,300 deer since 2002 and has not detected CWD. LDWF is coordinating with MDWFP for sampling and containment measures. Deer routinely swim the Mississippi River, often to escape floodwaters.
 
CWD is a neurodegenerative disease found in most deer species, including moose, elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. It is infectious and always fatal. It is part of a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and is similar to BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy or mad cow disease) of cattle and scrapie in sheep. These diseases cause irreversible damage to brain tissue that leads to salivation, neurological symptoms, emaciation and death of the animal.
 
CWD is caused by prions which are proteins normally found in the body that have mutated. These prions kill nerve cells and cause holes to develop in the brain tissue. They are spread through direct deer-to-deer contact or through contact with urine, feces, saliva and body parts of infected deer or infectious materials in the soil.
 
Decomposing body parts of dead, infected deer can also contaminate the soil.  Plants growing in that soil can take up the prions. Deer can become infected by feeding in areas with prion-contaminated soil and plants. The prions remain in the environment for years. There is no practical method of decontaminating an infected area.
  
For more information, contact the LDWF State Wildlife Veterinarian, Dr. Jim LaCour at  jlacour@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0823. To report sick deer, please contact the nearest LDWF Field Office, including Minden, 318-371-3050; Monroe, 318-343-4044; Pineville, 318-487-5885; Lake Charles, 337-491-2575; Opelousas, 337-948-0255; Hammond, 985-543-4777; or Baton Rouge, 225-765-2346.
 

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Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet Thursday

Release Date: 02/12/2018

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 9:30 A.M.

LA Room- LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive, LA Room

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

 

 

AGENDA

 

I. Call to Order
II. Discussion of the Possible Opening of Sabine Lake for Oyster Harvest- OTF
III. Discussion of the Draft Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting NOI- OTF
IV. Discussion of adding Lake Boudreaux to the Oyster Seed Grounds-OTF
V. To Hear an Update on the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Sales LDWF
VI. Discussion of the RFP for Breton Sound Public Seed Grounds- Earl Melancon
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/314655327720020739

 

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 Thursday at 1:00 PM

Release Date: 02/12/2018

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 1 p.m.

2000 Quail Dr., Louisiana Room

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance 
II. Roll call and introduction of guests 
III. Approval of December 12, 2017 Minutes and February 15, 2018 Agenda 
IV. Treasury Report
     A.       Oyster Tag Sales
     B.       LOTF Financial Report
V. Committee Reports
     A. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)
     B.       Enforcement (Major Chad Hebert)
     C.       Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
     D.      Research (Earl Melancon)
     E.       Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
     F.       Marketing (LDWF)
     G.       Health (Justin Gremillion)
     H.      Sustainability (LDWF)
     I.         Professionalism (LDWF)
    J.      Aquaculture (John Supan)
    K.      Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)
VI. New Business
    A. Discussion and Update on the 17/2018 Oyster Season- LDWF
    B. To Hear a Brief Biological Overview on the Sabine Lake Oyster Reef- LDWF
    C. To Hear an Update on the Oyster Shell Recycling Program and Upcoming Events- Deb Abibou (CRCL)
    D. Request for OTF Participation in a Diversion Panel Forum at the 2018 LFF Summit- Earl Melancon (LA Sea Grant)
    E. Discussion of an Oyster Commercial to Highlight the Industry’s Environmental and Coastal Conservation Efforts- Mitch Jurisich (OTF)
    F. Discussion of Using Drone Operation with GPS Coordinates to Assist in Oyster Enforcement- Willie Daisy (OTF)
    G. To Consider Funding for the 2018 ‘Let the World Be Your Oyster’ Event- OTF
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/8012792530992770817

 

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. 

Come out to the 71st annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival at New Orleans City Park on Saturday, March 24

Release Date: 02/08/2018

Come out to the 71st annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival at New Orleans City Park on Saturday, March 24

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is getting ready for the 71st annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival in New Orleans City Park on Saturday, March 24. With a fishing category for every age and a family friendly Fishtival, there’s sure to be something for everyone.  This year’s event will include the Battle for the Bass student fishing tournament and Boats on the Bayou non-motorized tournament on Bayou St. John. 

 

The Big Bass Rodeo is a catch-and-release fishing tournament for anglers targeting the largest bass. For junior anglers (ages 12 and under), the rodeo includes competitive categories for heaviest bass and heaviest cichlid, bream, or perch.

 

The Battle for the Bass Tournament is back again for their third year to encourage a fun and friendly school competition. Students in grades 7 through 12 will represent their respective schools in teams of up to five anglers and will battle it out for the heaviest two-bass combined weight. The winning team will take home bragging rights for the year as well as a 3-foot trophy to display at their school. The first 50 students to register will receive a weigh bag donated by Berkley.

 

Boats on the Bayou is open to anglers with kayaks and other non-motorized watercraft and offers four competitive categories. All participating anglers will be entered to win a kayak, courtesy of Massey’s Professional Outfitters. Massey’s will also offer the opportunity for anglers to reserve a free kayak for the event. For anglers that have always wanted to participate in Boats on the Bayou but didn’t have a kayak, now is your chance! Kayak rentals are limited so signup early to reserve yours today.

 

The Fishtival will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the grandstand area in front of Morning Call on Dreyfous Avenue in City Park. The event will feature music as well as educational and hands-on activities for kids. LDWF mascot Robbie the Redfish will be on hand for photo opportunities. Event raffle prizes include a kayak donated by Academy Sports and Outdoors, charter fishing trips, along with tons of fishing gear and other items.

 

Online registration is now open and will close at 5 p.m. on March 22. For more information or to register online, visit www.bigbassfishingrodeo.com. Registration fees vary depending on division. Contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov with questions.

 

A recreational fishing license is required for participants 16 years and older. To purchase a license online, click HERE.

 

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

 

 

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Amends Proposed Notice of Intent for 2018-19 Hunting Seasons Rules and Regulations

Release Date: 02/02/2018

Feb. 2, 2018 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted Thursday (Feb. 1) to make several amendments to the proposed notice of intent for the 2018-19 hunting seasons, rules and regulations during its monthly meeting in Baton Rouge.
 
The commission voted to alter the season structure for deer hunting areas 5 and 7.
 
The new proposed dates for Deer Area 5 will occur earlier within the normal season framework, beginning with primitive firearms season, which will start Nov. 10, 2018.
 
The beginning and closing of archery season is all that will be affected in Deer Area 7. It will open Sept. 15, 2018, and close Jan. 15, 2019. The adjustment will allow Deer Area 7 to run concurrent with deer areas 3, 8 and 10.
 
An amendment to allow gill and trammel nets for commercial fishing on Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA) passed as did an amendment to close Bussey Brake WMA to all activities until further notice.
 
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulation changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings through April 5 or may be submitted directly to Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA., 70898-9000 or via e-mail to ttuma@wlf.la.gov through April 3.
 
For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 
 

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LDWF Public Meetings Set for February, March on Proposed Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules and Regulation Changes

Release Date: 02/02/2018

Feb. 2, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold six public meetings around the state to present and gather comments on the proposed 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 hunting season, 2018-2019 general and WMA hunting seasons, rules and regulations, 2019 general and WMA turkey hunting season rules and regulations and the 2018-2019 migratory bird hunting season rules and regulations.
 
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. 20 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Office, 9961 Highway 80, Minden;
 
Feb. 23 (Friday) at 6 p.m. at the LSU Ag Center Building, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles;
 
Feb. 26 (Monday) at 6 p.m. at the Ponchatoula High School library, 19452 Highway 22, Ponchatoula;
 
Feb. 27 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 Third Street, Alexandria;
 
Feb. 28 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, 700 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette;
 
March 1 (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe office, 368 CenturyLink Drive, Monroe.
 
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulation changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted through April 5 at LWFC monthly meetings or may be submitted directly to Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA., 70898-9000 or via e-mail to ttuma@wlf.la.gov through April 3.
 
For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.

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