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Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) Announces Winners of 2010 Youth Journalism Contest

Release Date: 07/29/2010

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) will honor the winners of its 2010 Youth Journalism Contest (YJC) at its 65th annual conference held in Covington on Saturday, August 7, 2010. An annual event, the contest focuses on building literacy among outdoor youth while promoting involvement in the outdoors.  

Winning entries will be available at the LOWA website, www.laoutdoorwriters.com. The Louisiana Chapter of Safari Clubs International (SCI) also publishes the winners in their newsletter.

Students share personal experiences in hunting, fishing, boating, camping, horseback riding, hiking, or any other activities where they engage with nature and the environment. Judges look for literate and enthusiastic work along with photography that captures the essence and spirit of Louisiana.

Prize monies are donated by the Louisiana Chapter of Safari Clubs International, and the Baton Rouge Advocate provided advertising and press releases in the promotion of the contest. First through fourth place winners receive award certificates and cash prizes. The categories are Photography (18 and under), Senior Essay (14-18), and Junior Essay (13 and under). 

For more information about LOWA and its membership guidelines visit their website at www.laoutdoorwriters.com

 The winning submissions are also available, along with contact information on the students by contacting Gordon Hutchinson, LOWA Youth Journalism Chairman at ghutchinson@theadvocate.com.   Special thanks to the judges (and their teams) of the contest:  Senior Essay-Wendy Billiot, Theriot, La.;  Junior Essay-John Flores, Patterson, La.;  Photography-Deb Burst, Mandeville, La.

 The 2010 YJC photography winners and their photos:

 1st place:
Flight of the Egret
Jacob Thompson, Age 18
Oak Forest Academy
Amite, LA

2nd place:
Louisiana Reflections
Brittany Gosserand, Age 16
St. Michael the Arc Angle High School
Baton Rouge, LA

3rd place:
Louisiana Stream
Emily Winter, Age 12
Home School
Gonzales, LA 

Honorable Mention:
Gator Camouflage
Dylan Duvio, Age 15
John Curtis Christian
Kenner, LA

The 2010 YJC Senior Essays 14-18 age group:

1st Place:
Nature's Spectacle
Catherine Parsiola, Age 18
Berwick High School

2nd Place:
Louisiana Education:  Reading, Writing, Arithmetic.& Fishing!
Joshua Bellau, Age 14
John Curtis Christian School

3rd Place:
Photo Challenger
Jacob Thompson, Age 17
Oak Forest Academy

Honorable Mention:
My Outdoors
William Guilbeau, Age 14
Academy of Environmental Sciences


The 2010 YJC Junior Essays 7-13 age group:
1st Place:
Magpie Lessons
Madeleine Juneau, Age 12
Glasgow Middle
Baton Rouge

2nd Place:
Deer Stand Education
Ashley Davis, Age 13
Lee Road Jr. High

Third Place:
Will I Ever Get To Go Fishing Again
Alexis Lang,  Age 10
John Curtis Christian School

Honorable Mention:
Duck Hunting At Dawn
Joe Stassi, Age 12
Dutchtown Middle


L.D.W.F. Announces Reopening of Commercial Fishing Areas

Release Date: 07/28/2010

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) - in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - has ordered an emergency reopening of commercial fishing areas that were previously closed due to the BP oil spill. Specifically, commercial fishing will reopen for finfish and shrimp in portions of state waters east of the Mississippi River in Orleans, St. Tammany, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes effective immediately today, July 29.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham ordered these reopenings following the completion of comprehensive testing by the FDA.  The FDA has advised that following extensive sensory testing and analytical chemistry results, the fish samples tested from previously closed areas are safe for consumption.

Details on Commercial Fishing Reopening

The opening includes all state waters inside east of the Mississippi River north of the northern shore of Pass a Loutre and all state outside waters north of 29 degrees 12 minutes 40 seconds north latitude

The areas detailed below will remain closed to commercial fishing until further notice due to continued presence of oil:

·         the portion of state inside and outside waters north of 29 degrees 59 minutes 30 seconds north latitude and south of the Mississippi/Louisiana state line from the Louisiana territorial sea boundary westward to 89 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and

·         the portion of state inside and outside waters north of 29 degrees 36 minutes 30 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 59 minutes 30 seconds north latitude from the Louisiana territorial sea boundary westward to a line extending 1 mile west from the western shore of the Chandeleur Islands, and

·         the portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 45 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 59 minutes 30 seconds north latitude from 89 degrees 09 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 89 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and

·         the portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 47 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 51 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 89 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 89 degrees 22 minutes 00 seconds west longitude

These openings do not include the commercial harvest of crabs and oysters.  The FDA testing method for crabs takes significantly longer to process; as such LDWF Secretary Barham chose a phased approach for opening commercial fishing.  It is also important to note that the spring inshore shrimp season remains closed except in Lake Pontchartrain, portions of Pass Manchac, Rigoletes and Chef Menteur Passes, portions of Mississippi Sound and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the "double-rig" line.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter as @GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more contact Marianne Burke at mburke@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2917



L.D.W.F. Opens Mississippi River Delta to Recreational Fishing

Release Date: 07/28/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the opening of recreational fishing in a portion of the Mississippi River Delta in Plaquemines Parish effective, today, July 29 at 6:00 p.m.

Description of area open is as follows:

The portion of state inside and outside waters south of the northern shore of Pass a Loutre westward to the western shoreline of Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River shall open to recreational fishing.
The spring inshore shrimp season in these waters ended in early July. These waters will remain closed to shrimping.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter as @GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information contact Marianne Burke, 225-765-2917 or mburke@wlf.la.gov



Agenda Announced for Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission August Meeting

Release Date: 07/28/2010

The next regular public board meeting has been scheduled by the Commission for 9:30 A.M. on Thursday, August 5, 2010, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.
1.         Roll Call
2.         Approval of Minutes of July 8, 2010 and July 14, 2010
3.         Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
4.         To receive and hear Update on Oil Spill and Current Response Efforts
5.         To receive and hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/July
6.         To receive and consider Tentative Dates on Waterfowl Season and Public Comment on Canada Goose Closure Zone
7.         To receive and consider Contingency Plan for Waterfowl Season due to Oil Spill
8.         To receive and hear General Information Presentation on WMA Forest Management
9.         To receive and consider Declaration of Emergency on Setting Opening Dates for the 2010 Fall Inshore Shrimp Season
10.       To receive and consider Declaration of Emergency for the 2010-2011 Oyster Season on Public Oyster Areas
11.       To receive and consider Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill
12.       Set December 2010 Meeting Date
13.       Receive Public Comments
14.       Adjournment

Sixteen Birds Saved from Deepwater Horizon Oil Impacts Released at Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge

Release Date: 07/27/2010

State and federal biologists today released back into the wild 13 laughing gulls and two royal terns and one sandwich tern rehabilitated after rescue from oil impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge (SWR) in Grand Chenier, LA, was selected by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as the release site because it has not been impacted by oil and it contains natural habitat for these species.

"This refuge and nearby natural areas provide these birds the best chance of survival and success," said Robert Barham, LDWF secretary. "We hope to release more rehabilitated birds in state in coming weeks."

The birds released today were treated at the Bird Rehabilitation Center in Hammond.  To date, over 550 birds have been treated and released in this massive wildlife rescue and recovery effort.  Two other birds not injured from the spill, but rehabilitated at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, were released at Rockefeller SWR as well.

Rockefeller SWR, located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion Parishes, is managed by LDWF's Coastal and Non-game Resources Division.

The 76,000-acre refuge area borders the Gulf of Mexico for 26.5 miles and extends inland toward the Grand Chenier ridge, six miles from the Gulf.

For more information related to Louisiana's response to Tropical Storm Bonnie and the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEPGOHSEP and on Twitter as @GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.


Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet July 27 in New Orleans

Release Date: 07/26/2010

The Louisiana Oyster Task Force is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. at the UNO Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210 in New Orleans. The agenda for the July 27 meeting is below.

I. Roll Call

II. Approval of  May 25, 2010 minutes

III. Treasury Report

              a. Oyster Tag Sales

              b. LOTF Financial Report

IV.   Committee Reports

a. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee

b. Enforcement

c. Legislative

d. Research

e. Coastal Restoration

f. Marketing

g. Department of Health and Hospitals

h. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

1. Public Oyster Seed Ground Stock Assessment Report and Possible Oyster Season Framework-Patrick Banks

i. Department of Natural Resources

j. Governor's Office of Coastal Affairs.

V.   Old Business

A.   Oyster Lease Surveying Delays ? Dan Coulon

B.  LDWF update on experiments request at the LOTF May 25, 2010 meeting to have the DWF Oyster Biologists test growing water and oyster meats for contaminants, and check for spawning capability of oysters using contaminated growing water as well as using the reef the oysters came from, to check spat catch ability in the new DWF lab at Grand Isle.- Al Sunseri

VI.  New Business

B.   Deep Horizon Oil Spill Update, Response, and Actions

                       A.   Proposal for revised DHH closures-Dan Coulon

                       B.   Oyster Crop Insurance - Robert Cerda

                       C.   Discussion of Farm Bureau Meeting-Buddy Pausina

VII.  Set Next Meeting

VIII.  Adjourn

For additional information, please contact Ashley Wethey at 225.765.5113 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.


The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to Meet Thursday, July 22

Release Date: 07/20/2010


The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will meet Thursday, July 22 at 9 a.m. at the UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 300 in New Orleans, LA.

The agenda is as follows.

I. Roll Call

II.  Approval of Agenda

III.  Approval of Minutes

IV.  New Business

A. Speaker: Gary Shigenaka-NOAA

            B. Jon Bell Introduction

            C. Speaker: Dr. Steve Otwell, Director of the Aquatics Food Laboratory, Professor in Food Science, Univ. of Florida

D. Directors Update

a. Update on upcoming events, GASCO, Seafood Fitness Challenge.

b. Proposal from Spaeth Communications

c. Grocery Chain Subsidies

d. Boston Seafood Show location

            E. Review Budgets

            F.  Board Member Items          

                        a. Back to the Dock-Kim Chauvin

V. Set Next Meeting

VI.  Adjournment

Ashley Roth, Ashley@LouisianaSeafood.com or 504-286-8735


Last Day for Recreational Fishing for Red Snapper Friday, July 23

Release Date: 07/20/2010

Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the recreational fishing season for red snapper in state and federal waters will close at 12:01 AM on July 24, and will remain closed until June 1, 2011.  LDWF chose to enact the same action for Louisiana waters to enhance the effectiveness and enforceability of NOAA regulations and to ensure the recreational red snapper quota is not exceeded in the 2010 fishing year. 

All red snapper must be landed and on shore no later than 12:01 a.m. July 24, no possession on the water after that time is allowed. 

NOAA continues to monitor the recreational catch statistics for the Gulf of Mexico, should additional fish be available for recreational harvest under the established quota, an additional season could be announced in federal and state waters. 

Approximately 97 percent of all red snapper landed in Louisiana are caught in federal waters.    

Secretary Barham was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at their January, 2010 meeting to change or modify opening and closing dates for the recreational red snapper season in Louisiana waters to comply with changes or modifications in season dates in federal waters.  This action ensures that regulations in state waters will be consistent with regulations of NMFS for federally managed waters.

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


White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area 2010 Teal Season Lottery Announced

Release Date: 07/19/2010


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2010 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area. Available dates are Saturday, Sept. 11; Sunday, Sept. 12; Tuesday, Sept. 14; Thursday, Sept. 16; Saturday, Sept. 18; Sunday, Sept. 19; Wednesday, Sept. 22; Saturday, Sept. 25; and Sunday, Sept. 26.

Persons 18 years of age or older may now send applications, available on the LDWF Web site and at LDWF headquarters, to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Teal Hunt, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

Applications must be received by close of business on August 16, 2010. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application. Only one application per hunter will be accepted.

Up to two hunters may apply on an application. All hunters must have appropriate licenses, including a basic hunting license (or Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise license), migratory waterfowl conservation license, federal duck stamp and HIP permit.

Successful applicants will be notified and required to submit an additional check or money order for $250 per hunt party. Applications are non-transferrable. Questions regarding the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area lottery teal hunt should be directed to Wayne Sweeney at 337-479-1894.

For more information, contact Buddy Baker at 225-765-2811 or bbaker@wlf.la.gov.


L.W.D.F. Reviewing Trip Ticket Information

Release Date: 07/18/2010

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) routinely reviews every trip ticket received from the commercial fishing industry to ensure that the most accurate data are collected and properly reflect the important role the state of Louisiana plays in the production of seafood.

These reviews are critical to ensure that commercial fishermen and wholesale/retail dealers are appropriately credited with landings in the event of compensation that results from a natural disaster such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and the current BP oil spill.

BP is requesting commercial fishermen to provide landings information from 2007-09 to determine eligibility for financial assistance. LDWF is providing a landings data report back to commercial fishermen, when requested, to assist with this eligibility process.

The review of trip tickets has become even more critical during this time period considering that the previous years are being used to establish eligibility for assistance. Any trip tickets from previous years are being subjected to another layer of review by LDWF staff to confirm their validity.

"The information provided on a trip ticket is the best way for the department to establish the value of Louisiana fisheries and the importance of those fisheries to the nation. Trip ticket data also plays a key role in the managing of fisheries in Louisiana to ensure sustainability," said Michelle Kasprzak, LDWF Trip Ticket Program administrator. "We ask that trip tickets be completed accurately and submitted on time as required. Inaccurate or embellished trip tickets will be investigated by the department's Law Enforcement Division."

Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne with LDWF's Law Enforcement Division said, "We want to ensure our commercial fishermen and dealers are compensated fairly by using accurate trip ticket information. We do not want to see commercial fishermen or dealers tempted to commit felony violations by falsifying trip ticket documents."

Trip tickets are filled out at the first point of sale between a commercial fisherman and wholesale/retail dealer or fresh product license holder and are due on the 10th of every month. Trip tickets are then entered into LDWFs Trip Ticket Program's database.

Commercial fishermen and wholesale/retail dealers may request their trip ticket landings by following the instructions on the LDWF Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill or calling the trip ticket section at 225-765-2399. 

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


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