LDWF News Release

Agency Partnership Makes Boat Trailer Registration Process More Convenient

Release Date: 06/09/2016

News Release

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2016

Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public InformationLDWF
(504) 286-8745

Contact: Jill H Jarreau
Headquarters Administrator
Office of Motor Vehicles


(Baton Rouge, LA) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) have announced a partnership that will allow customers to register their boats and trailers at one location.

Beginning June 13, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles will have a representative at LDWF headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge every Monday to assist with boat/trailer registrations. Customers will be able complete the registration process without having to go to both agencies.

“We look forward to this partnership with the Office of Motor Vehicles,” said LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon. “We will take advantage of any opportunity to increase the level of our customer service and to become a more user-friendly agency.”

Commissioner Karen St. Germain stated “OMV is pleased to have been given the opportunity to work in conjunction with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and will always take any opportunity to combine customer services when possible.”

LDWF reminds customers that the Louisiana Department of Revenue has a representative available on Mondays at LDWF headquarters to process tax payments for customers registering boats. This addition of the Office of Motor Vehicles will create a one-stop-shop every Monday for new and used boat owners.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us a twww.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.


For more information on vehicle registration, please visit www.expresslane.org

LWF Commission Establishes Oyster Harvester Training Program

Release Date: 06/09/2016


News Release
For Immediate Release
June 8, 2016
Contact: Ashley Wethey
Public Information
(504) 286-8733






LWF Commission Establishes Oyster Harvester Training Program

Last week, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action on a Notice of Intent (NOI) to establish an Oyster Harvester Training Program mandated by Act 276 of the 2016 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature.
The purpose of the program is to develop professionalism in the oyster harvest industry. The NOI establishes the requirements needed to complete the program, including training in the Louisiana Shellfish Sanitation Program and the best harvest practices for conservation of the species.
Applicants will be required to complete an online course with a passing score of 80 percent or above in order to receive a certificate. The course must be completed within the previous three years, or within the previous year if course materials have substantively changed.
To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Steve Beck, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email to sbeck@wlf.la.gov prior to July 19, 2016.
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.



2016 Federal Red Snapper Season Extended By Two Days

Release Date: 06/09/2016


News Release


For Immediate Release
June 8, 2016


Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information

(504) 286-8745


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2016 Federal Red Snapper Season Extended By Two Days

(Batobn Rouge, LA) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to notify our anglers that NOAA Fisheries is extending the red snapper recreational fishing season for private anglers in the Gulf of Mexico due to impacts of Tropical Storm Colin. 


NOAA Fisheries is extending the season for two additional days in federal waters seaward of 9 nautical miles; the private angler red snapper federal season will close at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016.


The state season for the recreational harvest of red snapper in state waters out to 9 nautical miles is also currently open and will remain open after the federal season closes. LDWF monitors real-time red snapper harvest during 2016 through the LA Creel program.

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



LDWF Announces Jackson-Bienville Wildlife Management Area to Close on July 1

Release Date: 06/08/2016

June 8, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is notifying the public that effective July 1, 2016, the Jackson-Bienville Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will no longer be part of the WMA program.
“LDWF appreciates the longstanding partnership with Weyerhaeuser Company in providing access to this property,” said Charlie Melancon, LDWF Secretary. “Jackson-Bienville WMA has been a popular destination for recreational hunting enthusiasts in Louisiana since 1961.” 
Weyerhaeuser made the property available for public leasing in April 2016.  Unfortunately, LDWF and Weyerhaeuser could not come to terms in an agreement to continue leasing the property.
LDWF’s WMA system includes nearly 860,000 acres of department owned property in addition to over 450,000 acres of free-lease WMAs. LDWF relies on many large landowners throughout the state to partner with the agency to provide outdoor recreation opportunities through free leases.
LDWF would like to recognize and thank its other partners in conservation that provide land for public use. Without the generosity and assistance of Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Biloxi Marsh Land Corporation, Louisiana National Guard, Hancock Timber, LaSalle Parish School Board, U.S. Army, U.S. Forest Service, Tangipahoa Parish School Board, Louisiana State Lands Office, Ouachita Parish School Board, Red Oak Timber Company, Calcasieu Parish School Board, New Orleans City Park Improvement Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Caddo Levee District, Red River Waterway Commission, Thistlethwaite Heirs, Roy O. Martin, and Forest Investment, LDWF would not be able to provide the properties owned by these partners as WMA lands for outdoor recreational opportunity.
LDWF’s Land Acquisition program continues to add property to the WMA system on an annual basis. The WMA Master Plan identified the need for this activity to continue as a means for the LDWF to address continuing threats to wildlife and fisheries resources across the state, as well as to conserve important landscapes associated with the flora and fauna of our tremendously diverse state. Acquisition of tracts also ensures long term availability of the resources for the benefit of society and the multitude of users of these lands, especially the sportsmen of Louisiana.
For more information, contact Kenny Ribbeck at 225-765-2942 or kribbeck@wlf.la.gov.


Registration Deadline Approaching for LDWF’s WETSHOP 2016 at Grand Isle Research Lab

Release Date: 06/08/2016

June 8, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold WETSHOP 2016, a coastal awareness workshop for science, history and social studies teachers, July 10-15 at the LDWF Grand Isle Research Lab. Deadline for registration is June 24.
The focus of this six-day workshop will be to provide teachers with an in-depth look at issues related to wetland ecology and coastal land loss in Louisiana. Participating teachers will accrue 55 hours of instruction covering a wide variety of topics, including wetland ecology, fisheries management and coastal restoration. Teachers will also spend a portion of each day in the field learning about maritime forests, barrier island beach ecology, coastal restoration projects, bird life, marsh and swamp habitats and marine organisms. This year, participants will visit one of the largest coastal restoration projects in the world.
All participating teachers will receive Grade Level Expectation (GLE) correlated wetland lessons and many other educational resources from numerous sponsoring agencies and organizations. Lodging and meals are provided once participants reach the workshop site. Upon completion of the workshop, each participant will receive a $250 stipend.  An additional stipend is available during the Academic Year (AY) upon completion of a wetland stewardship project.
WETSHOP is sponsored by LDWF with grant funding provided by the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  In addition to this funding, WETSHOP is a collaborative effort with partners that provide experts in the field for presentations and educational materials.  These agencies and organizations include:  BTNEP, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana Nature Conservancy, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, Coastal Planning Protection and Restoration Act and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.
Teachers interested in WETSHOP 2016 can contact LDWF Biologist Supervisor Angela Capello at 318-623-4661 or acapello@wlf.la.gov.


LDWF Closes Portion of Boyce Tower Road on Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Due to Flooding

Release Date: 06/06/2016

June 6, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed a portion of Boyce Tower Road at the bridge within Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding from recent heavy rain.
Once the flooding recedes, LDWF will inspect and repair any damage prior to reopening the road.
Maurepas Swamp WMA, which consists of 122,098 acres, is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans and along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west to near Sorrento. The WMA includes property in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2791.

For more information on this WMA, contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.


Bid Process For Alligator Hunting on WMAs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Properties and Refuges for the 2016-18 Harvest Seasons to Continue Through June 15

Release Date: 06/06/2016

June 6, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will continue to accept bids for alligator hunting on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) properties and state wildlife refuges for the 2016-2018 alligator harvest seasons through June 15.
Eligible alligator hunters are chosen through a bid system every three years on selected WMAs/USACE/refuges properties.
Bids for alligator hunting will be solicited for the following WMAs/USACE/refuge properties: Grassy Lake, Spring Bayou, and Pomme de Terre (Avoyelles Parish), Attakapas (Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes), Sherburne - USACE lands (Iberville, Pointe Coupee and St. Martin parishes), Dewey W. Wills (La Salle and Catahoula parishes), Manchac (St. John Parish), Pearl River - North of Interstate 10,  Pearl River - Between Interstate 10 and U.S. Hwy 90 and Pearl River - South of U.S. Hwy 90 (St. Tammany Parish), Joyce (Tangipahoa Parish), Maurepas Swamp (St. John, St. James, Ascension, Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes), Indian Bayou - USACE property (St. Landry and St. Martin parishes), Atchafalaya Delta (St. Mary Parish), Pointe-aux-Chenes (Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes), Salvador (St. Charles Parish), Pass-a-Loutre (Plaquemines Parish) and St. Tammany Refuge (St. Tammany Parish).
A total of 30 alligator hunting opportunities are available for bid on one refuge, 13 WMAs and two USACE properties. The number of alligator tags that will be issued to successful bidders in 2016 will range from 10-90 tags depending on the area awarded.  For specific details on the number of alligator hunter opportunities and tags available by area, please see the public notice or bid application notification. 
Interested participants may review and print out the public notice and bid application notifications and forms from LDWF’s website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/alligator-hunting or request by phone at the phone numbers below or request in writing from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 2016-2018 WMA Alligator Harvest Bids, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, La. 70898-9000.
For more information, please call the appropriate LDWF office (Hammond 985-543-4777, Opelousas 337-948-0255, New Iberia 337-373-0032, New Orleans 504-284-5264) or send e-mail to LAalligatorprogram@wlf.la.gov.
NO guiding/outfitting activities for sport alligator hunting will be allowed while conducting alligator harvest activities on WMAs/USACE/refuge properties.  Selected hunters will not be allowed to participate in any television or reality show production.  Any video activity must be specifically approved by the alligator program manager.
An individual can apply and bid on more than one WMA/USACE/refuge property but will only be selected for one WMA/USACE/refuge property.  Bidders applying for more than one area must fill out individual applications for each WMA/USACE/refuge property. Only one winner allowed per household.
Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to submit a bid:
1)    Must be a Louisiana resident at least 18 years of age.
2)    Must have previous alligator hunting experience in Louisiana.
3)    Must be able to provide essential equipment for alligator hunting on the WMA/USACE property/refuge on which they are bidding.
4)    Must be able to report to the WMA/USACE property/refuge each morning until alligator tag quota is completed.
5)    Must follow specific instructions issued by LDWF personnel.
6)    Must maintain required records.
7)    Must be able to successfully pass a criminal background check. All applicants will be screened for past wildlife and criminal violations. Applicants with felony convictions or with Class Two or above wildlife convictions, WMA/USACE/refuge violations or littering within the last five years, as determined by the LDWF enforcement division, shall be disqualified.
Completed bid application forms must be received by 10 a.m. on June 15, 2016 in Room 241 of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La. 70898.
Bid opening will be held at the LDWF headquarters building, second floor conference room, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.  Winning bidders will be notified of selection by phone and are required to come in and sign a contract at a later date. LDWF reserves the right to reject any and all bids.
For more information, contact Jeb Linscombe at 337-373-0032 or jlinscombe@wlf.la.gov.


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Announces 2017 Louisiana Duck Stamp Competition

Release Date: 06/03/2016

The 2016 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp was designed by John Nelson Harris.

June 3, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced the rules and time frame for the 2017 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp, or Louisiana Duck Stamp, competition.
“Green-winged teal will be the featured species in this year’s competition,” said Larry Reynolds, LDWF waterfowl study leader. “Greenwings are the smallest of the dabbling ducks wintering in Louisiana and can be found in all of our wetland habitats from the reservoirs, grain fields and forested wetlands of north Louisiana to the coastal marshes, mudflats and flooded agricultural lands across the south.
“Among the top three species in number harvested each season, green-winged teal are an important component of Louisiana duck hunters’ waterfowling experience.  Greenwings are appreciated not only for the complex beauty of late-season drakes, sporty flight, abundance and willingness to decoy, but they are considered among the finest table fare of all waterfowl.’’
The 2016 contest was restricted to designs featuring gadwall and John Nelson Harris’ striking painting of a trio in flight in leaden skies continued a long tradition of excellent stamp designs.  The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp bearing that design went on sale June 1.
The 2017 contest will be restricted to designs with green-winged teal as the focal species. Artists are also reminded of the requirement for associated habitat.
“The primary objective of this program is to provide revenue to create, enhance and maintain habitat for waterfowl and associated wetland wildlife,” said Reynolds, “so a habitat component is required in each entry and is one of the five judging criteria.”
To enter, an artist must submit an original, unpublished work of art, along with a signed and notarized artist's agreement and a $50 entry fee. 
 Entries should be addressed to:
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attn: Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Program
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Entries will be accepted from Oct. 10-Oct. 18, 2016, with the contest to be held in the Louisiana Room at the LDWF Headquarters building starting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 19, 2016.  The public is invited.
Please visit the 2017 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp website page at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/2017-louisiana-duck-stamp-contest to see the 2017 artist’s agreement and contest rules.
The Louisiana Legislature authorized the Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program in 1988. The program was created to generate revenues for conservation and enhancement of waterfowl populations and habitats in Louisiana.
During the last 25 years, more than $12 million has been generated for wetland conservation with approximately $5 million spent on land acquisition. In addition, revenues have supported wetland development projects on Wildlife Management Areas and the Louisiana Waterfowl Project, a cooperative endeavor between LDWF, Ducks Unlimited, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide habitat for waterfowl and other wetland birds on private lands.
Judging for the art competition will be based on the following criteria:
1.         Accuracy of form, size, proportion, color and posture.
2.         Level and accuracy of detail in all aspects of the waterfowl.
3.         Appropriateness, accuracy and detail in depiction of the habitat.
4.         Attractiveness and creativity in composition, subject, background and lighting.
5.         Suitability for reproduction as stamps and prints.
A panel of judges with experience in waterfowl biology and/or artistic method will select the winning design. The competition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older. Employees of LDWF and members of their immediate families are not eligible.
For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov


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. 


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

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



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


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.

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

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