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White Lake Fishing Lottery Applications Available

Release Date: 01/24/2011

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for a lottery drawing for fishing permit access to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) between March 15 and Aug. 15, 2011.

A total of 100 permits will be issued following the lottery drawing and winning applicants will be notified of their opportunity to purchase a permit for $40. White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish.

The area open for fishing will be limited to the Florence Canal and Oil Field Location canals off of the Florence Canal. There will be no fishing in any of the WCA’s marsh areas or in the main camp canal or other areas that are marked "NO FISHING." Successful applicants will be provided a map of the fishing area. Boats used by permitees will be limited to the use of motors with 40 horsepower or less. Additional rules and regulations are outlined in an attachment to the application.

Each completed application must include a non-refundable administrative fee of $5 in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Individuals will be allowed to submit only one application. Submission of more than one application by any one individual will result in disqualification of the applicant. Completed applications must be received by LDWF by close of business, 4:30 p.m. CST, on Feb. 17, 2011.

Applications may be mailed to LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Fishing, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898. They can also be delivered to room 458 at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. Persons interested in obtaining an application may call the department at 225-765-2806 or download a copy from the department’s Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov.

For more information, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-479-1894 or sweeneykw@bellsouth.net.

L.D.W.F. Partnership with N.R.C.S. Provides Assistance

Release Date: 01/21/2011

For Landowners in Southeast Louisiana’s Florida Parishes

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’(LDWF), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), has announced renewed funding for the Longleaf Pine Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) for the Florida Parishes for 2011. Initial applications are due by March 11, 2011 to be considered for first-round funding consideration.

LDWF and NRCS have entered into an agreement, under special provision of the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP), through which USDA will pay up to 90 percent of the cost of establishing longleaf pine seedlings and the native vegetation associated with this forest-type. Applications will be ranked and those ranked highest will be selected for funding. Selected applicants will enter into a contract with NRCS to maintain the longleaf planting for at least 15 years. The Longleaf Pine CCPI program is being offered to landowners in Tangipahoa, Washington and St. Tammany Parishes.

Longleaf pine forests once covered vast areas of the southeastern U.S., from the Atlantic coastal plains of Virginia to the Gulf coastal plains of Texas, encompassing more than 90 million acres in North America. Longleaf pine forests produced a diversity of cultural, ecological, and social-economic values, making them one of the great coniferous forests of the world. Today, longleaf pine forest fragments scattered across the southeast represent only a small remnant of this great ecosystem. Less than three percent of the original acreage remains. Outside of the tropics, longleaf pine forests are some of the world’s most biologically diverse habitats. They continue to support many unique animals and plants.

Interested landowners in Tangipahoa, Washington and St. Tammany Parishes can contact the LDWF Private Lands Biologist in the Hammond Field Office, 985-543-4777 or their local NRCS District office to apply: Tangipahoa Parish, ph. 985-748-8751, ext. 3; Washington and St. Tammany Parishes, ph. 985-839-5688, ext. 3.

For more information contact John Robinette at jrobinette@wlf.la.gov or ph. 337-491-2576. 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Next Tuesday

Release Date: 01/20/2011

The Louisiana Oyster Task Force will meet next Tuesday January 25 at 1 p.m. at the UNO Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in suite 210 in New Orleans, LA.
The agenda is as follows:

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Nov 30, 2010 MINUTES
  3. Treasury Report
    1. Oyster Tag Sales
    2. LOTF Financial Report 
  4. Committee Reports
    1. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)
    2. Enforcement - (Keith Lacaze)
    3. Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)
    4. Research – (John Supan)
    5. Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)
    6. Marketing - (Dana Brocato)
    7. Health – (Glenn Cambre)
  5. Old Business
    1. Public Oyster Reef Evaluation – Patrick Banks
    2. BP Oil Spill Remediation
      1. Claims Process
      2. Public Reef Remediation
      3. Oyster Lease Remediation
    3. ISSC 2011 Board / VMC Meeting Report
    4. Oyster Lease Moratorium Update – Jerome Zeringue
  6. New Business
    1. Washington Walk on the Hill 
  7. Election of Officers
  8. Set Next Meeting
  9. Adjourn

This meeting is open to the public.

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.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225.610.2363. 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet Next Tuesday

Release Date: 01/20/2011

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet Tuesday, January 25, 2011. The meeting will convene at 10:30 a.m. in Suite 200 of the University of New Orleans Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans. The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting is as follows:

  1. Approval of Minutes From August 27, 2010 Meeting
  2. Hearing of New Appeals
    1. Henry Martin
  3. Set next meeting date
  4. Adjourn

This board was established for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to hear and consider appeals of vessel permit denials. For more information, please contact Laura Deslatte at 225-610-2363 or ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov.

State, Hornets Debut Louisiana Seafood Race at Monday’s Game

Release Date: 01/14/2011

Seafood Lovers Encouraged to Fan Up!

Hornets fans will be in for a special treat at the Monday, 2 p.m. match-up against the Toronto Raptors, as the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and the Office of Community Development- Disaster Recovery Unit debut the first ever interactive Louisiana Seafood Race.  

“We are proud to partner with the Hornets to promote Louisiana’s seafood industry in this creative, family-friendly way,” said Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “We encourage everyone to come out and watch the first ever Louisiana Seafood Race and don’t forget to stop by the Louisiana-only seafood concession stand located in the arena on the first concourse.”

What is sure to be a fan favorite, will vie “Louie” the shrimp, “Claude” the crab and “Acme” the oyster against one another to be crowned the winner of the Louisiana Seafood Race.  At a designated time during the remainder of the Hornets 2011 games, the race will ensue and the winning character will reward an entire group of fans with a free specialty item at Acme Oyster House.  

“The entire Hornets family is proud to support the Louisiana seafood industry,” said Hornets Sr. Vice President of Corporate Partnerships Tom Ward.  “Through our partnership with the OCD, LDWF and LSPMB, we are able to communicate to the local community and the rest of the country that Louisiana seafood is back open for business. The interactive race at the arena is a fun and engaging way to send the message that local seafood is safe and fresh while providing our fans with world-class entertainment at the Hive.”

“OCD-DRU is proud to support the local fishermen and shrimpers as they continue to recover from hurricanes Gustav and Ike,” said Stacy Bonnaffons, OCD-DRU chief of staff. “The partnership with LWDF and the Hornets is a fun and creative way to boost the local seafood economy.”

In November LDWF, LSPMB and OCD-DRU announced their $300,000, three-year recovery grant partnership with the Hornets to help promote Louisiana’s seafood with a Louisiana-only seafood concession stand and other community education and outreach opportunities.  The Hornets also committed to working with the state to promote Louisiana seafood with their fans and in cities across the country.  

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.

The Disaster Recovery Unit within the Office of Community Development is dedicated to helping Louisiana's citizens recover from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. As the state's central point for hurricane recovery, the OCD-DRU manages the most extensive rebuilding effort in American history, working closely with local, state and federal partners to ensure that Louisiana recovers safer and stronger than before.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or (225)610.2363.
 

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Discuss Industry Issues at Jan. 13 Meeting

Release Date: 01/12/2011

The Louisiana Crab Task Force will meet on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building in Baton Rouge.

The Task Force will discuss industry issues, including the status of Blue Crab MSC Certification, a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant proposal for the Derelict Crab Removal Program, and Task Force vacancies. The Task Force will also address issues faced by the blue crab industry related to BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, marketing and promotion efforts, and the election of a chairman and a vice-chairman.

The Louisiana Crab Task Force is an industry group comprised of fishermen, soft crab shedders, and dealers and processors, as well as state agency and university representatives. The Task Force advises the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on matters pertaining to the management and development of the Louisiana blue crab industry. 

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.

For more information, please contact Laura Deslatte at (225) 610-2363 or ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov.

Coastal Land Stewardship Authority Announces Agenda for January 13th Meeting

Release Date: 01/12/2011

The inaugural Coastal Land Stewardship Authority meeting will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. in the Louisiana Room at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Overview
  3. Introduction of Board Members
  4. Election of Officers
  5. Other Business
  6. Public Comment
  7. Adjournment

For more information please contact Bob Love at (225) 765-2811 or blove@wlf.la.gov

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

Release Date: 01/11/2011

Watch out, here they come. One hundred and twenty-five enthusiastic women will fill the woods in Pollock at Camp Grant Walker in the rolling hills of central Louisiana. On April 8-10, 2011 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will sponsor its 23rd “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” (BOW) workshop. Women throughout Louisiana and neighboring states will attend educational hands-on outdoor skill workshops. If you are a woman 18 or older and like the outdoors, you will love this three-day skill’s workshop.

Registration will open on February 14, 2011. Interested persons are urged to register as soon as possible beginning on this date. The $170 fee (check or money order only) includes instruction for four selected classes, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, lodging, meals, and t-shirt.

Two Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarships are available for this workshop to any new participant that is of low income and has children under the age of 18. The scholarship pays $125 of the $170 registration fee. The scholarship recipient will be responsible for a $45 fee. To find out how to apply, go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/workshop-scholarships.

Participants will enroll in four classes from a selection of more than 30 topics. These subjects include bucks and does, shotgun, rifle, fly-fishing, canoeing, camping, archery, horseback riding, fishing, boating/trailering, map and compass skills, outdoor photography, camp cooking, and more. Expert instructors donate their time and skills in classes taught in and around the nearby streams, lakes, wooded ridges, and forest trails of beautiful Louisiana.

Natural resource scientist Christine Thomas of the University of Wisconsin founded the “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” program. She completed a survey in 1991 entitled Barriers to Women Participating in Hunting and Fishing. It documented that the most obvious problem for women was lack of instruction and encouragement.

To receive a registration form contact LDWF Educators, Dana Norsworthy (318) 345-3912 or Bill Breed (318) 343-1241. Forms can be faxed, mailed or retrieved from the LDWF Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/becoming-outdoors-woman-bow. The forms will not be available until February 14, 2011. They must be returned by mail to the address on the form. Hand delivered registration forms will not be accepted until February 15, 2011. The first 125 completed registration forms received with payment will be accepted. All forms received after the workshop is full will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Join the fun and be one of those 125 women in the woods. Register for “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” and become skilled in something you always dreamed about doing.

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.

For more information, please contact Dana Norsworthy at LDWF at (318)345-3912 or dnorsworthy@wlf.la.gov.

Editors: “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” is sponsored by LDWF and a registered trademark. Please do not confuse this program with the “Women in the Outdoors” program sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation.
 

State and Local Officials Highlight Remaining Oiled Louisiana Coast in Bay Jimmy

Release Date: 01/07/2011

LDWF Sec. Barham shows marsh grass still covered in oil.
Oiled marsh with open water in background
Close-up of oiled boom

Parts of Louisiana Coastline Still Heavily Oiled; Officials Asking BP, Federal Government to Finish the Job

Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser toured a portion of Louisiana’s coastline still heavily oiled by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Bay Jimmy, one of the areas along the Gulf of Mexico coast still severely impacted by thick layers of weathered oil and matted marshland, was highlighted by Secretary Barham and Nungesser as a prime example of portions of the Louisiana coastline still in desperate need of a comprehensive clean-up and recovery plan.

State and local officials voiced concerns today over plans of federal officials and BP to turn the responsibilities for mitigating damage to wildlife across the oiled parts of Louisiana’s coast over to LDWF. The continued presence of pooled oil, oil saturated boom in areas such as Bay Jimmy and Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area (WMA) underscore the need for a comprehensive, long-term plan to rehabilitate the marsh.

“It has been eight months since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, and five months since the well was capped. While workers along the coast dedicated themselves to cleaning up our shores there is still so much to be done,” LDWF Secretary Barham said. “BP and federal officials are ready to close up shop and claim the job is done, leaving the state to clean up the mess. We will continue to push for a real resolution, more than just a wait-and-see approach for the miles of Louisiana coastline still oiled. They may have forgotten the impact on our wildlife and our habitat, but we have not.”

“We continue to find oil in different parts of Plaquemines Parish—Redfish Bay, Bay Jimmy, Pass a Loutre—depending on the tides, wind and thunder storms,” said Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser.  “We’re concerned about the long-term plan to keep assets in this region to help remove oil and protect the wildlife. This is by no means over and we're concerned that this is being wrapped up before it is.”

Shoreline treatment recommendations (STRs) for areas like Pass a Loutre WMA have been written by contractors for BP, and some have been executed, but rarely to the full extent necessary to restore crucial coastal habitats. For Bay Jimmy, treatment recommended in STRs has yet to begin; state officials are monitoring cleanup operations to ensure they are fulfilled before BP and federal officials pack up shop at the end of February.

Oiled boom, once used to prevent oil from hitting the shoreline also remains in numerous locations, forgotten or lost by contractors charged with their maintenance and removal.

Oiled birds also continue to be recovered by LDWF biologists, including three live Brown Pelicans in Bay Jimmy, and one dead Brown Pelican. Biologists also recovered one oiled, dead Brown Pelican in Pass a Loutre and one oiled, live Killdeer. These birds, which were recovered in the last few days, have increased concerns for continued wildlife contamination if marshes are not properly cleaned.

“We will continue to try to work with BP, their contractors and federal officials to come up with reasonable, effective solutions for treating and restoring our coastline,” said Secretary Barham. “But we won’t step back while officials pack their bags and leave Louisiana. We’re hopeful that we can reach an agreement for the next steps in our recovery plan.”
If BP and federal officials pass off the wildlife hazing efforts to LDWF, officials will be required to take over operations of hazing tools, such as propane cannons and other deterrents. Federal officials have asked LDWF to submit a Pollution Removal Funding Authorization (PRFA) to the Oil Spill Pollution Fund in order to acquire funds to take over the maintenance and operations of hazing cannons – requiring LDWF to justify why such hazing tools are necessary.

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.

For more information, please contact Olivia Watkins at LDWF at (226) 610-8660 or owatkins@wlf.la.gov, or Kurt Fromherz of Plaquemines Parish Government at (504) 450-8779 or kfromherz@plaqueminesparish.com.

For additional photos, video footage and research documentation please visit: ftp://204.12.23.214/Jan_7_Marsh_Tour/.

Commercial King Mackerel Season Opens July 1

Release Date: 01/06/2011

Data indicates Louisiana lands 90 percent of Western Gulf of Mexico Quota

The 2011 commercial king mackerel season will begin July 1, 2011. The season opening date was set today at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.  Once the season opens, it will remain open until the quota of approximately 1 million pounds is met.

King mackerel is a significant commercial fishery in Louisiana.  From 2000 through 2009 Louisiana has landed, on average, an amount equal to approximately 90 percent of the allotted western Gulf of Mexico quota.  In 2009 approximately 926,000 lbs were landed in Louisiana.  A significant amount of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana is shipped to markets in the northeastern U.S., primarily for New York.

Currently, the 2010-2011 commercial king mackerel season is still open, as the established quota has not yet been harvested; however, it is expected to close prior to July 1.

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.

For more information, please contact Laura Deslatte at (225) 610-2363 or ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov.
 

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