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Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council Meeting Scheduled for March 11, 2014

Release Date: 03/07/2014

The Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council will meet Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.  The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting in the Louisiana Room is as follows:

  1. Roll Call
     
  2. Approval of Minutes of Oct. 29, 2013
     
  3. Welcome and Opening Comments
     
  4. Office of Fisheries Report: Red Snapper Management
     
  5. Enforcement Division Report
     
  6. Office of Management and Finance: Annual Report
     
  7. Pre-Session Legislative Update
     
  8. Set Next Meeting Date
     
  9. Receive Public Comments
     
  10. Adjournment

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, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.
 
 
 

 

CCA Honors LDWF & Head Fisheries Official with Jerry Stone Conservationist of the Year Award

Release Date: 03/07/2014

CCA Honors LDWF & Head Fisheries Official with Jerry Stone Conservationist of the Year Award

(Mar. 4, 2014) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Assistant Secretary of the Office of Fisheries, Randy Pausina, received the Jerry Stone Conservationist of the Year Award from the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana.

“It is with great humility that I accept this award on behalf of the Department’s Office of Fisheries,” said Pausina.  “Without the hard work and enthusiasm of our employees and the leadership of our Secretary and Commission, we would have not been able to achieve such significant accomplishments as an agency.”

Executive Director of  CCA Louisiana, David Cresson, was on hand to present the award and acknowledge Pausina and the Department for many of their recent successes.

Under Pausina’s guidance, LDWF’s Artificial Reef Program has undergone significant expansion, and as a result led to more than a dozen inshore artificial reefs in the past seven years, including the recently constructed Williams Boulevard reef in Kenner on Lake Pontchartrain. 

The Department’s Louisiana Marine Sport Fish Tagging Program, another of Pausina’s visions, continues to flourish, with a Tag Louisiana website and mobile application to be made available this spring. 

Along with Secretary Robert Barham and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, Pausina has led to the charge to implement a Louisiana state snapper season, proving management at the state level is the most efficient option, using science and data rather than special interests to dictate fisheries management.

The award, presented by CCA Louisiana for over 19 years, was re-named three years ago after one of its founding members and former Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission member, the late Dr. Jerry Stone, who helped spearhead the conservation movement in Louisiana.  The award recognizes leadership in the area of marine conservation.

Among the past recipients of this honor are then-Congressman and current Governor Bobby Jindal, LDWF Secretary Robert Barham, Senator David Vitter, Congressman Billy Cassidy, Congressman Charles Boustany and Senator Gerald Long.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant 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 press inquiries, please contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (255) 721-8733.

PHOTO CAPTION Left to right: Executive Director of CCA Louisiana, David Cresson; Assistant Secretary of LDWF, Randy Pausina, CCA Habitat Chairman , John Walther

 

LWF Commission Adopts a NOI to Modify Commercial Netting Restrictions on False River, Lake Bruin and Lake Providence

Release Date: 03/06/2014

(Mar. 6, 2014) – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice of Intent to modify the dates of the commercial netting season on False River, Lake Bruin and Lake Providence.
 
The proposed action will begin the season on October 1 through the last day of February.  Currently, the season does not begin until November 1.
 
Commercial anglers have reported that the month of October is an excellent period for harvest.  By adjusting the commercial netting season dates, the Department hopes to increase commercial angler participation and harvest of fish including buffalo, carp and freshwater drum.
 
To view the full notice, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Interested persons may submit related comments regarding the proposed rule through June 4, 2014, to Mike Wood, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Office of Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email at comment@wlf.la.gov.
 
LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

 

LWF Commission Adopts a NOI to Increase the Possession Limit for Black Bass in Saltwater Areas of the State

Release Date: 03/06/2014

(Mar. 6, 2014) – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice of Intent to increase the possession limit for black bass up to three times the daily limit in areas below the saltwater line: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/saltwater-freshwater-line-0.
 
This amendment is designed to allow fishermen to transport bass to the boat launch after being at a remote camp or on the water for multiple days at a time.  An angler would be allowed to transport two times the daily creel limit if out for two consecutive days or three times the daily limit if out for three consecutive days. 
 
Anglers would only be covered under this provision if they comply with the following:

  • Anglers must hold and be in possession of a basic recreational fishing license.
  • Anglers must be in possession of a receipt from a boat launch located south of the saltwater line that verifies the angler has been on the water for multiple consecutive days.
  • Fish must be kept whole or whole gutted, and each day’s catch must be packaged separately.  Packages must be labeled with the angler’s name, fishing license number, date caught, species of fish and number of fish.
  • Anglers must only be in possession of his or her own fish.
  • Anglers must not actively fish while transporting more than their daily creel limit.

This provision would only apply in areas south of the saltwater line.
 
To view the full notice, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Interested persons may submit related comments regarding the proposed rule through June 4, 2014, to Mike Wood, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Office of Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email at comment@wlf.la.gov.
 
LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

 

LDWF Develops Web-based Application for Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program

Release Date: 03/05/2014

(March 4, 2014) – The Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program (LWSCP) is a voluntary program for Louisiana wild seafood that was passed by the Louisiana Legislature in 2010 and was developed with the intention of establishing a more professional seafood industry with better handling practices and higher quality products. On March 10, 2014, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will launch a web-based application system that will streamline the application process for current and potential participants of the LWSCP. 

The new LWSCP web-based system will allow prospective and current participants to create a user profile, submit a program application or renewal, attach required documentation, track the status of their application during the review process, and view important program notifications and updates. Additionally, the new system will allow participants to link multiple profiles, making it easier for a participant to keep track of multiple locations.

Application Process

If you are a current LWSCP participant or have submitted an application that has not been approved, you will be receiving instructions by mail on how to login to the new web-based system and link to your current application.   

If you are interested in applying for LWSCP visit  https://lwscpadmin.wlf.louisiana.gov/ starting March 10th to create an account and submit an application. Applications for (LWSCP) are accepted anytime throughout the year.

For more information about the LWSCP visit http://certified.louisianaseafood.com

Need Assistance?

If you have questions about setting up your new user account, completing an LWSCP application, or if you require language assistance please call LDWF at 225-765-3980 or toll-free 855-262-1764 or email us at OversightPrograms@wlf.la.gov.

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 press inquires, contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4162.

 

LDWF Feral Hog Control Set for Week of March 10 on Pearl River and Sherburne WMAs

Release Date: 03/03/2014

March 3, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be conducting aerial feral hog control utilizing helicopters on Pearl River WMA in the marsh south of Hwy. 90 (St. Tammany Parish) and on Sherburne WMA in the main body of the WMA as well as the North and South Farms (Iberville and Pointe Coupee Parishes) during the week of March 10.

The department is alerting the WMA users including nutria hunters, fishermen, birdwatchers and hikers that helicopter flyovers and associated gunfire may be  agency personnel conducting feral hog population control. 

The purpose of the aerial population control with firearms is to reduce the feral hog numbers on both WMAs and subsequently reduce the habitat destruction. Damage to wildlife management areas and private property in recent years has increased as the feral hog population in Louisiana has increased.

Hog harvest by hunters on WMAs during hunting seasons has not been successful in keeping hog populations under control. The March timeframe was chosen since fall/winter hunting seasons will have concluded and turkey season will not have begun yet on Sherburne or Pearl River WMA.  Additionally, the marsh grass and trees will not have spring foliage, enabling helicopter crews to spot hogs. 

LDWF personnel will be stationed at select WMA parking areas on the weekdays helicopters will be over each WMA to alert the public of the ongoing hog control activities.

For more information: contact Jim LaCour at 225-765-0823 or jlacour@wlf.la.gov;  or Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

 

Outstanding Hunter Education Volunteers Recognized

Release Date: 02/28/2014

Feb. 28, 2014 -- The 2014 Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor Workshop was held Feb. 15 at Camp Grant Walker near Pollock, La.  The workshop features an in-service training session and awards recognition program for volunteer instructors who teach hunter education courses.

Annually, nearly 17,000 students are certified in hunter education through over 500 courses taught statewide.  Volunteers trained to teach hunter education are crucial to the success of this program.  The goal of Louisiana’s Hunter Education Program is to reduce hunting incidents by producing safe and responsible hunters.

Outstanding instructors were recognized and given awards in recognition of their dedication and service to the Louisiana Hunter Education Program.  Individual instructors and instructor teams were recognized from each of three regions of the state.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

REGION                                 RECIPIENT

North LA                                William (Mickey) Watts, Ouachita Parish
                                              Jerry Gentry, LaSalle Parish 

Central/Southwest LA            Michael W. Halter, Beauregard Parish
                                              Kim Cedar, Rapides Parish                                       

Southeast LA                         Phillip A. Manuel, Pointe Coupee Parish
                                              Shawn Frederick Cook, Sr., Livingston Parish                   

TEAM  AWARDS   

North LA                                Gary White, Michael White / Caddo Parish              

Central/Southwest LA            William “Bill” Baney, Linda Callais, A.J. Doss,Jr.,
                                              JoAnn Louviere, Karen Blanchard, Terrebonne Parish        

Southeast LA                         Thomas LeBlanc, John Blanchard, Richard Lee,
                                               Iberville Parish

Randy Foco was the recipient of the Todd Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.  Foco, who teaches in Iberia Parish has been an instructor in the hunter education program since 1991.  As an active member of the Jeanerette Junior Hunter Education Club, Inc. (JJHEC), he teaches several hunter education classes annually, helps host youth hunts on property leased by JJHEC and works to recruit new volunteer instructors. Foco has for many years shown outstanding commitment to hunter education, conservation and the youth of his community.

In addition to the awards, volunteer hunter education instructors were provided with updates on LDWF wildlife management activities, hunting accidents and issues affecting hunting and hunter education. 

For more information about Louisiana’s Hunter Education Program, visit www.wlf.la.gov/hunting/hunter-education or contact Fred Kimmel at 225-765-1422 or fkimmel@wlf.la.gov .

LDWF, Ducks Unlimited and Partners Celebrate Sherburne WMA Enhancement Project

Release Date: 02/28/2014

Feb. 28, 2014 – Louisiana residents and visitors will have improved and increased opportunity for waterfowl hunting and wildlife watching on the popular Sherburne Wildlife Management Area. Ducks Unlimited partnered with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to create additional wetland habitat on the South Farm Unit of the WMA, open new areas for public waterfowl hunting and provide increased habitat management capabilities. Project partners gathered today at the WMA to celebrate the site improvements.
 
“Sherburne is a favorite duck hunting spot in this part of the state for wildlife management area users,” said Robert Barham, LDWF secretary. “Projects such as this improve habitat and expand opportunities for public hunting, and are great examples of cooperative efforts that enhance what we as a department can do with limited resources.”
 
Located between Lafayette and Baton Rouge, south of US 190, Sherburne WMA provides many metropolitan residents the opportunity to enjoy hunting and other outdoor recreation. This project not only improves waterfowl habitat on areas already open to hunting, but also opens two new units for pursuing waterfowl.
 
“This project is the first one in the state supported in part by Louisiana DU license plate sales,” said Mike Carloss, DU manager of conservation programs. “This gives DU members and supporters a terrific, tangible example of what supporting Ducks Unlimited means for them in Louisiana.”
 
Partners gathered to dedicate the project to John W. Barton, Sr. of Baton Rouge. Barton was a dedicated outdoorsman, Ducks Unlimited supporter and friend to all who met him.
 
“John had a large impact on me, but he had an even a larger impact on wildlife and the people who enjoy wildlife,” DU volunteer and friend of the Barton family Jeffrey Svendson said. “This is a great project to honor him and his strong belief in wildlife and wetlands conservation. Projects like this wouldn’t happen without a lot of people like John willing to donate time and money for the preservation of our great outdoors and all the critters that live in it.”
 
Partners on the project include LDWF, Ducks Unlimited, the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, North American Wetlands Conservation Council, the Irene W. and C. B. Pennington Foundation, friends of John W. Barton, Sr., Wetlands America Trust and The Mosaic Company, which has operations near Baton Rouge and contributed to the project.
 
“We are excited to partner with Ducks Unlimited in restoring critical habitats for waterfowl in Louisiana,” said Gary N. “Bo” Davis, Mosaic Senior Vice President of Phosphate Operations. “By enhancing water delivery to the habitat at Sherburne, the function of the Atchafalaya Basin will be greatly improved. The health of the basin is crucial, as it captures overflow that would otherwise flood the Mississippi River, one of America’s most important waterways.”
 
The Mosaic Company is the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash, two essential crop nutrients. Driven by its mission to help the world grow the food it needs, Mosaic is committed to strengthening global food security and protecting critical water resources. The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation make investments in and partner with best-of-class leaders in the focus areas of food, water and local community investments. More information about Mosaic is available at www.mosaicco.com.
 
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.
 
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.
 
For more information contact, Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlfl.a.gov or Andi Cooper at 601-956-1936 or acooper@ducks.org .

 

Rayne Man Arrested For Theft and Selling Shrimp Without A License

Release Date: 02/27/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Rayne man for alleged shrimp violations on Feb. 26.

Shannon J Roche, 36, of Rayne, was booked into the Lafayette Parish Jail for 13 counts of selling shrimp without a retail seafood license, three counts of theft by fraudulent sales, and failing to maintain records.

LDWF agents first learned of Roche’s illegal methods from a number of consumers posting photos of him on social media websites and describing his illegal practices.

During the investigation into Roche’s illegal methods, agents learned that Roche allegedly purchased shrimp from a wholesale retail dealer and resold them to consumers on 13 different occasions during the months of January and February.  He additionally made three transactions to consumers whom did not receive the correct amount of shrimp purchased.  Roche also did not keep proper documentation of his sales.

Selling shrimp without a retail seafood license brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Theft by fraudulent sales carries up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.  Failing to maintain records brings up to a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Lt. Beau Robertson, Sgt. Justin Sonnier, Sgt. Lance Devillier, and Senior Agents David Boudreaux, Derek Logan, and Donald Murray participated in the case.

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

Gulf Council Hosts Public Hearings on Red Snapper Allocation

Release Date: 02/27/2014

(Feb. 25, 2014) – The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council has scheduled a public hearing in Kenner, Louisiana on Thursday, March 13, to solicit comments on Gulf red snapper allocation. The meeting will be held at LaQuinta Inn and Suites at 2610 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA at 6 p.m.

The Gulf Council is currently considering Reef Fish Amendment 28, which examines allocating red snapper resources between the commercial and recreational sectors. 

The current allocation of Gulf of Mexico red snapper, which is 51% commercial and 49% recreational, was established in 1990 through Reef Fish Amendment 1. This allocation was based on the historical average of red snapper landings by sector from 1979 through 1987. The red snapper stock in the Gulf of Mexico has been under a rebuilding plan since 1997, and in 2012, NOAA Fisheries declared that overfishing of the stock had ended.

The Gulf Council recently held listening sessions throughout the Gulf coast regarding recreational fisheries management.   Louisiana anglers showed up in greater numbers than all other Gulf States combined and overwhelmingly supported the Gulf Council revisiting outdated red snapper reallocations.

The Gulf Council is considering seven allocation alternatives. Their preferred alternative (#5) states that if the red snapper quota is less than or equal to 9.12 million pounds, the commercial and recreational red snapper allocations of 51% and 49% respectively, will be maintained. If the red snapper quota is greater than 9.12 million pounds, then 75% of the amount in excess of 9.12 million pounds will be allocated to the recreational sector and 25% to the commercial sector.

Comments on Reef Fish Amendment 28 will also be accepted online at http://bit.ly/MS14U0.

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

For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

 

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