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Louisiana Fisheries Forward to Host Oyster Industry Workshops

Release Date: 09/29/2015

(Sept. 29, 2015) - Louisiana Fisheries Forward, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana Sea Grant collaborative program, will host a series of educational oyster industry workshops in coastal Louisiana. 
 
Workshop topics include oyster harvesting tags and requirements, methods of sale of oysters, private seed production and industry legislative updates. These presentations are designed to help those in the oyster industry thrive in a constantly changing marketplace.
 
Workshop dates and times are as follows:
 
Tuesday, October 13, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Belle Chase Auditorium
Belle Chase, La.
 
POSTPONED!
Thursday, October 15, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Dumas Auditorium
Houma, La.
 
LFF was established with the goal of improving the economic success of Louisiana’s commercial fishing industry by showcasing new technology and best practice methods.
 
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.
 
Since its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant (www.laseagrant.org) has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone. Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant College Program, a network of 33 university-based programs in each of the U.S. coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico.
 

AMENDED - Agenda For October Commission Meeting

Release Date: 09/28/2015

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
Septermber 28, 2015

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

 

The following items will be discussed:

I.     Call to order

 

II.     Roll call

 

III.     Approval of minutes from last meeting

 

IV.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

 

V.     To hear Enforcement Reports September 2015 - Lt Col Martin

 

VI.     To recognize the Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) Award Winning National Tournament Participants - Robert Stroede 

 

VII.     To hear a presentation on the 2015 Red Snapper Season data- Joey Shepard

 

VIII.     To Consider a Declaration of Emergency to Amend the season dates for the Falconry Seasons for Ducks, Rails and Gallinules - Larry Reynolds                  

           

IX.     To hear a summary of the public meetings comments and recommended options for Waterfowl Hunting Zones and Splits - Larry Reynolds          

    

X.      To consider dedicating and expending ten (10) percent of the licensing fees dedicated for the development and preservation of breeding grounds for migratory waterfowl pursuant to La. R.S.56:104 (A)(1)(b). - Fred Whitrock      

                                      

XI.     Set February 2016 Meeting Date

 

XII.     Receive Public Comments

 

XIII.     Adjournment

 

To access a live stream of the event, please register for October 2015 LWF Commission Meeting on October 1, 2015 9:30 AM CDT at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9207252466341645058

 

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.

 

Agenda For Commission Meeting

Release Date: 09/25/2015

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

 

The following items will be discussed:

I.     Call to order

II.     Roll call

III.     Approval of minutes from last meeting

IV.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

V.     To hear Enforcement Reports September 2015 - Lt Col Martin

VI.     To recognize the Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) Award Winning National Tournament Participants - Robert Stroede 

VII.     To hear a presentation on the 2015 Red Snapper Season data- Joey Shepard

VIII.     To Consider a Declaration of Emergency to Amend the season dates for the Falconry Seasons for Ducks, Rails and Gallinules - Larry Reynolds                              

IX.     To hear a summary of the public meetings comments and recommended options for Waterfowl Hunting Zones and Splits - Larry Reynolds               

X.     To hear a status report on the request for an Attorney General’s opinion on the Breeding Habitat Statutory dedicated funding - Fred Whitrock                                             

XI.     Set February 2016 Meeting Date

XII.     Receive Public Comments

XIII.     Adjournment

To access a live stream of the event, please register for October 2015 LWF Commission Meeting on October 1, 2015 9:30 AM CDT at:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/920725246634164505

ZeMurray Park in Hammond, LA joins LDWF's Get Out and Fish! Program

Release Date: 09/25/2015

As the newest Get Out and Fish! community fishing location, the City of Hammond invites you to join them for an event on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at ZeMurray Park. Prior to the event, ZeMurray park pond will be stocked with 300 lbs of adult channel catfish. Volunteers will offer a family friendly fishing competition and lots of fun activities. So grab your gear and Get Out and Fish at Zemurray Park! 

Fishing competition categories include heaviest catfish and heaviest “other” fish.  Age divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15) and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older).   Anglers 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license.

The event is free, and the first 100 registrants in attendance will receive a free rod and reel and goody bag.  In addition, every participant will be entered into a drawing to win prizes.

Saturday’s sponsors include The Hammond Firefighters Union (Local 2361), The Hammond Union of Police (Local 345), Hammond Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 34, Kiwanis, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Big Bad Ben, Cate St. Pub, Jani King, Cashe Coudrain & Sandage, Alexander Mobile Notary Services, Walmart Hammond & Ponchatoula, Target, Albertson’s of Hammond, Pioneer Products, Winn Dixie, and Kentwood Water. 

This event is 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 fish resources.

For more information on Get Out and Fish! Program, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282.  

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

LDWF to Host Family Fish Fest with National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festival on Saturday, September 26th.

Release Date: 09/25/2015

September. 25, 2015 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) on Saturday, September 26th. 
 

 
NHFD is a national event celebrated by all 50 states on the fourth Saturday in September. It was created in 1972 when Congress passed two bills establishing a specific day to celebrate the conservation contributions of our nation’s hunters and anglers. Over forty years later, the events are still going strong. 

 
LDWF introduced its first NHFD event in 1982 at the Monroe district office. In the following years, three more locations were developed in Baton Rouge, Minden and Woodworth. Today, more than 10,000 people statewide attend the celebrations, establishing the overall largest public outreach event for the department.
 

 
“Our goal to is get people outdoors to enjoy the activities we offer and hopefully, send them home with a renewed interest and appreciation for Louisiana’s natural resources,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “The National Hunting and Fishing Day experience is designed to stimulate greater interest in experiencing and preserving the treasures we have here in Sportsman’s Paradise.”
 

 
All four events are free. The number and types of exhibits vary at each location but all include exhibits on LDWF management programs, shooting and fishing demonstrations, exhibits from local chapters of Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club and CCA, and supporting businesses from the local communities. Attendees have the chance to try their skills at the shooting ranges, fishing ponds and boating activities, as well as learn about wildlife through interaction with live animals. 
 

 
Family Fish Fest
In conjunction with the National Hunting and Fishing Day Outdoor Festival on September 27, LDWF will host a Family Fish Fest for youth age 15 and under at the Baton Rouge location. The event is free and registration is on-site only beginning at 9 a.m. The first 50 registrants will receive a complimentary rod and reel, courtesy of Pure Fishing, and the first 100 registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag. Every registrant will automatically be entered into numerous prize drawings. In addition, adults will receive a raffle ticket for registering a youth in the Family Fish Fest and will have the opportunity to win great prizes. All anglers are asked to bring their own fishing equipment and bait.
 
The schedule for the Baton Rouge Family Fish Fest is as follows:
 
Registration                                       9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Fishing/weigh-in                                9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Awards ceremony and giveaways                    11 a.m.
 
 
Hunting and Fishing Day Activity Book and Scout Patch Opportunity
 
Youth and Scout participants can also obtain and complete an activity book from the Activity Book Registration tent to receive a Hunting and Fishing Day patch (Scouts only) and sticker at the Baton Rouge and Woodworth locations. The booklet includes numerous activities including casting, fish ID, canoeing, fish tagging, archery, and more!     
 
For more information on National Hunting and Fishing Day, contact one of the four locations or go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/nhfd2015
 
 
Baton Rouge
Waddill Outdoor Education Center

4142 N. Flannery Road

(225)765-2800
 
Monroe
OPSO Public Shooting Range

357 Sheriff Fewell Rd
West Monroe, LA 71291

(318) 343-4044 

 
Minden
Bodcau Wildlife Management Area

1700 Bodcau Dam Rd.
Haughton, LA 71037

(318) 371-3050 

 
Woodworth
Woodworth Outdoor Education Center

661 Robinson Bridge Rd.
Woodworth, LA 71485

(318) 484-2212
 

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White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area 2015-16 Marsh and Rice Field Waterfowl Lottery Hunts Announced

Release Date: 09/24/2015

Sept. 17, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for 2015-16 marsh and rice field waterfowl lottery hunts on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.
 
Marsh hunts are available on:
Nov. 7, 8, 12, 16, 18, 24, 28 and 29;
Dec. 1, 27 and 29;
Jan. 2, 3, 5, 7 and 12.
 
Rice field hunts are available on:
Nov. 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 25 and 30;
Dec. 1, 3, 5, 6, 19, 20, 22, 26, 28 and 30;
Jan.  3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16 and 17.
 
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and applications for both hunts must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2015.
 
Applications may be obtained by contacting any of LDWF's field offices or by visiting the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications .  Completed applications may be delivered in person to the LDWF headquarters building at 2000 Quail Drive, Room 422, Baton Rouge, La., 70808 or by mail to the same address.   Please note on envelope: Attention: White Lake Marsh (or Rice Field) Lottery Hunt, whichever is applicable.
 
Each application must include a non-refundable $5 administrative fee. The $5 fee must be paid by a check or money order payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Successful applicants will be notified by mail.
 
Selected applicants will be allowed two guests for the rice field hunts and one guest for the marsh hunts. An additional payment of $225 will be required for the rice field hunts and $350 for the marsh hunts.
 
For more information on White Lake WCA marsh and rice field waterfowl lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@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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Six Men Charged For Taking Polluted Oysters

Release Date: 09/22/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited six men for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne and LaFourche parishes.

On Sept. 18, LDWF Sgt. Bryan Marie cited Dustin M. Buquet, 18, Richardo Najera-Morales, 25, and Cline J. Ledet, 29, all from Chauvin, for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area in Bay Antoine in Terrebonne Parish.

On Sept. 22, the agent cited Dillon J. Verdin, 23, from Cutoff, Alexei B. Vargas, 21, and Holden D. Verdin, 21, both from Houma, for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area in Bayou Faleau in LaFourche Parish.

Both areas are closed by Department of Health and Hospitals due to pollution.

Both vessels were found with 15 sacks of oysters on board.  Sgt. Marie seized the vessels, oyster dredges and returned 30 sacks of oysters to the water.

Taking oysters from a polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  In addition, the men could be sentenced to serve 40 hours community service and be required to only harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring system.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Secretary Expands “Sacking-Only” Area in Mississippi Sound for Upcoming 2015-2016 Oyster Season

Release Date: 09/21/2015

 

News Release
 
For Immediate Release
September 21, 2015
 
Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

 

LDWF Secretary Expands “Sacking-Only” Area in Mississippi Sound for Upcoming 2015-2016 Oyster Season
 
Robert Barham, the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, expanded the “sacking-only” area in Mississippi Sound for the upcoming oyster season on the public oyster seed grounds.  The revised “sacking-only” area is further described as that portion of the public oyster seed grounds within Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ (LDHH) Harvest Area 1 falling east of a line of longitude at 89 degrees 29 minutes 0.00 seconds W, and the entirety of the LDHH Harvest Area 2.
 
To view revised maps of this area visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons
 
The “sacking-only” area in Mississippi Sound originally encompassed only LDHH Harvest Area 2, but was expanded as described above.  An additional “sacking-only” area in the Bay Long and American Bay area as originally set by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for the upcoming season remains unchanged. Within these “sacking-only” areas, which are set to open on Monday, October 19, 2015, the harvest of oysters is limited to the take of market-size oysters only. 
 
Closure dates, adjustments in sack limits and/or sacking-only areas will be determined by LDWF Secretary Barham on an “as needed” basis, based on biological and harvest data, or if enforcement issues are encountered.  The Secretary is also authorized by the Commission to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended, and to open public areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 
 
Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.
 
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.

 

LDWF Staff Recognized for Bobwhite Restoration and Management Activities

Release Date: 09/18/2015

For Immediate Release
September 18, 2015

 

Contact: Bo Boehringer

Public Information
LDWF

(225) 765-5115

bboehringer@wlf.la.gov

LDWF Staff Recognized for Bobwhite Restoration and Management Activities

Spetember 28, 2015 - Image of Christian Winslow with 2015 NBCI

 

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Hunters for the Hungry Hosts “Clean Out Your Freezer Day”

Release Date: 09/18/2015

For Immediate Release
Sept. 18, 2015

 

Contact: Virginia Archer
Development Director
225-765-2860
hfh@wlf.la.gov

 

 

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