LDWF News Release

LDWF Announces Lake Bistineau Public Meetings

Release Date: 05/11/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct two informational meetings concerning Lake Bistineau next week. 
Who:  LDWF fisheries staff
What:  Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
When:  Tuesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Where:  LDWF Region 1 Office
             Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
              9961 Hwy. 80
              Minden, LA 71055
The May 17 meeting will include an update on the current status of the lake and will focus on the most frequently asked questions concerning the management of Lake Bistineau and giant salvinia. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions and have them answered during this meeting. 
During the May 19 meeting, LDWF staff will present information on the use of giant salvina weevils on the lake. Everyone interested in Lake Bistineau management is encouraged to attend. 
Space is limited to 100 people, so please come early. 
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan is available at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066. 

LDWF Temporarily Opens Section of Muddy Bayou Road in Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 05/10/2016

May 10, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has temporarily opened Muddy Bayou Road from Hunt Road to Nolan Bayou Road on Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to passenger vehicle traffic only. Commercial vehicles remain prohibited at this time, and all users are cautioned to travel the area with care and at their own risk.
LDWF is opening the road so camp owners within the WMA can check on their property. LDWF is requesting that camp owners minimize their use of the road during this time. 
Sandy Bayou Road and the remainder of Muddy Bayou Road, from Nolan’s Bayou Road to Saline Bayou Bridge, remain closed until flood water recedes and repairs are made. 
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .


LDWF to Hold Research, Management and Education Symposium May 31 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 05/09/2016

May 9, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Office of Wildlife will host a research, management and education symposium May 31 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge.
The symposium, which will be held in the Louisiana Room, will feature LDWF biologists from across the state presenting the latest information on wildlife management, research and education.  In addition, graduate students from across the state will present their compiled research in a poster session.
The event is free and open to the public and no preregistration is required. For more information, contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov.


LDWF Enforcement Division Agents Assist in DWI Case in Which Grand Isle Commercial Fisherman Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

Release Date: 05/07/2016

May 7, 2016 – Rockey Burnham, a 44-year-old Grand Isle commercial fisherman, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday (May 6) after his sixth conviction for DWI, a case in which Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents Sgt. Ezekiel Talbert and Senior Agent Michael Marques assisted.
Burnham was accused by Jefferson Parish prosecutors of colliding his boat into several other watercraft and a shrimp dock in Grand Isle on April 28, 2015. Prosecutors said he was under the influence of diazepam, nordiazepam and methamphetamine. He was found guilty by a jury April 20 of fourth-offense or more DWI and sentenced May 6 by Judge Conn Regan of the 24th Judicial District Court.
Burnham will serve his sentence without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence, the Jefferson Parish district attorney's office stated.
LDWF Enforcement Division agents were notified by and assisted the U.S. Coast Guard after the incident in Grand Isle. Impairment was considered a possible contributing factor.
After performing poorly on a series of standardized field sobriety tests, Burnham was arrested by Talbert and Marques for DWI and transported to the Grand Isle Police Station. Further tests were administered and Burnham was later transported to Jefferson Parish Detention Center.


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Free Recreational Fishing Days Set for June 11-12

Release Date: 05/06/2016

May 6, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Free Recreational Fishing Days will be held June 11-12. Both Louisiana residents and non- residents will be allowed to fish without a license on any of the state’s public waters during that weekend.
Louisiana offers miles of shoreline and a myriad of freshwater lakes, marsh and bayous to take opportunity of during this annual event.
LDWF hopes the weekend will introduce newcomers, visitors and people who haven’t fished in a while to one of Louisiana’s most popular sports. If you already have a fishing license, consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing. 
Anglers are allowed to fish on all public bodies of waters without a license, but all fishing regulations still apply.
For press inquiries, contact Rene LeBreton at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-8745


Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts NOI for Permits for Night-time Take of Outlaw Quadrupeds, Nutria and Beaver on Private Property

Release Date: 05/05/2016

May 5, 2016 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a notice of intent for a permit to be issued for the night-time take of outlaw quadrupeds, nutria and beaver on private property during its May meeting Thursday in Baton Rouge.
The permit will be valid for a period of one year from July 1-June 30 the following year, however, they may only be used from Sept. 1 of each year through the final day of February of the next year. Permits may be renewed annually without additional application.
Permittees may take outlaw quadrupeds, nutria or beaver during nighttime hours on private property from one-half hour after official sunset until one-half hour before official sunrise. 
The proposed changes are designed to streamline the application process and alleviate concerns relative to depredation and property damage by outlaw quadrupeds, nutria and beaver.

To view the full notice of intent, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings until close of business August 4 and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Melissa Collins, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to mcollins@wlf.la.gov until August 4, 2016.
For more information, contact Melissa Collins at 225-763-8584 or


Louisiana Spring Shrimp Season Dates Set

Release Date: 05/05/2016

Louisiana Spring Shrimp Season Dates Set

The opening dates of the 2016 Louisiana spring shrimp season were announced at today’s Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The Commission set the spring shrimp season dates based on information provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and on public comments.
The opening dates for the 2016 Louisiana spring shrimp season are as follows:

  • All state inshore waters at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 23
  •  The portion of state outside waters from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou to open at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 23

LDWF biologists have monitored hydrological parameters and conducted over 500 trawl samples throughout the state’s estuarine and nearshore waters over the last five weeks to develop management recommendations for spring inshore opening dates.  The department provided projections of the dates when a minimum of 50 percent of the inshore brown shrimp population sampled reach sizes of 100 count per pound or larger. 
The Commission granted authority to the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to close the season when biological and technical data indicate significant numbers of small, white shrimp have recruited into inshore waters or if law enforcement problems develop. The Secretary is further granted the authority to open any area or reopen any previously closed area, and to open and close special shrimp seasons in any portion of state waters. 
For additional information, contact Jeff Marx at jmarx@wlf.la.gov or (337) 373-0032.

LWF Commission Modifies Rules for Recreational Gag and Black Grouper Harvest

Release Date: 05/05/2016

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action on a Notice of Intent to modify regulations for the recreational gag grouper season and gag and black grouper minimum size limits.  The Commission also took action on a Declaration of Emergency to make those season and size limits effective immediately, allowing anglers to take advantage of the earlier season opening while rules are promulgated.
The recreational season for gag grouper in Louisiana waters will now open on June 1, 2016, and remain open through December 31, 2016.  The recreational size limit for both gag and black grouper will increase from 22 to 24 inches total length.
NOAA Fisheries promulgated rules establishing this season extension and recreational size limit increase in federal waters off Louisiana.  Today’s action will establish state rules consistent with federal regulations.
To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Jason Adriance, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email to jadriance@wlf.la.gov prior to August 4, 2016.


LWF Commission Modifies Rules for Black Bass on Sabine River

Release Date: 05/05/2016

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission considered a Notice of Intent to modify the size limit on black bass on the Lower Sabine River.
The NOI proposes a decrease in the minimum length limit (MLL) of black bass from 14 inches to 12 inches on the main stem of the Sabine River from the Toledo Bend Reservoir Dam downstream to the Interstate 10 Bridge. If approved, these changes will go into effect on September 1, 2016. The daily bag limit on black bass will remain at eight fish.  
In 2011, Louisiana and Texas entered into an agreement to adopt consistent recreational fishing regulations governing their bordering waters. This modification will maintain consistency with a recent regulation change made by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Bobby Reed, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601 or via email to breed@wlf.la.gov prior to July 5, 2016.



LDWF Closes South Side of Price Lake Road on Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Due to Flooding

Release Date: 05/05/2016

May 5, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed the south side of Price Lake Road on Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier due to flooding. The road closure begins south of the bird observation platform.
Once the water recedes, the roads will be inspected, repaired then reopened, which is expected to be between 2-3 weeks.
The north side of Price Lake Road remains open. Visitors to the refuge are cautioned to stay away from any high water on the road.
Other areas available for public access include the Joseph Harbor Canal and East End Locks Road, both located about three miles east of the refuge headquarters building.
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, which consists of 76,042 acres, is located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion parishes. It borders the Gulf of Mexico for 26.5 miles and extends inland toward the Grand Chenier ridge, a stranded beach ridge, six miles from the Gulf. For more information on the refuge, go to ttp://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/rockefeller-wildlife-refuge.
For more information, contact Gabe Giffin at 337-491-2000 or ggiffin@wlf.la.gov.

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