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Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Tuesday, May 29

Release Date: 05/24/2018

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting                                                
John Tesvich, Chairman
Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans 70122
 
AGENDA
 
I.              Pledge of Allegiance 
II.             Roll call and introduction of guest
III.            Approval of April 24, 2018, minutes and May 29, 2018, agenda
IV.            Treasury Report
                A. Oyster tag sales
                B. LOTF financial report
V.             Committee Reports
                A. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee (Mitch Jurisich)
                B. Enforcement (Major Chad Hebert)
                C. Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
                D. Reserach (Earl Melancon)
                E. Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
                F. Marketing (LDWF)
                G. Health (Justin Gremillion)
                H. Sustainability (LDWF)
                I. Professionalism (LDWF)
                J. Aquaculture (Steve Pollock)
                K. Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)
VI.           New Business
                A. To hear final update on the 2017-18 oyster season (LDWF)
                B. To hear a presentation of survey results from the LFF Sediment Diversion       
                     Panel and discussion (SeaGrant)
                C. To hear discussion and consider funding to order OTF name tags and shirts 
                     (OTF)
VII.           Public Comment
VIII.          Set next meeting
IX.            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:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1074084712810039299
 
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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all
reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign
language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of
this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

LDWF to Hold Research Symposium on June 4 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 05/23/2018

May 23, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host a research symposium June 4 from 9 a.m.-3 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 and fisheries research.
 
The event is free and open to the public and no preregistration is required. For those unable to attend in person, a webinar link will be provided at  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5262302623075376385.
 
For more information, contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov or Brett Falterman at 504-286-4160 or bfalterman@wlf.la.gov.
 

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2018 Louisiana Recreational Red Snapper Season to Open Friday, May 25: Anglers Encouraged to Participate in Voluntary Electronic Reporting to Improve Landings Data

Release Date: 05/22/2018

 
The 2018 recreational red snapper season will begin on Friday, May 25 in both state and federal waters. The season will run 7 days a week with a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size limit.   The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds of red snapper according to estimates from LA Creel.
 
State and federal seasons will run concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ application for an  Exempted Fishing Permit  to manage the private recreational snapper season in state and federal waters in 2018 and 2019. Under the EFP, participating anglers will be allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal EEZ, from shore to 200 nautical miles, during the season set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. NOAA Fisheries will continue to regulate federal for-hire charter vessels.
 
Those who opt to fish under the EFP also have the option to test electronic reporting via the ROLP smartphone application or mobile and desktop version of the ROLP website. If you opt in to voluntary electronic reporting, you must declare each red snapper trip prior to departure and report your catch once you return from each red snapper trip. LDWF hopes that voluntary use of electronic reporting will provide the department with a larger sample size than standard dockside and telephone sampling, improving the quality of recreational landings data to make future management recommendations. Electronic reporting could also provide landings data even faster than LA Creel. If you opt in to voluntary electronic reporting, you may also be contacted to participate in LA Creel.
 
Only resident and non-resident recreational anglers are eligible to fish under the EFP and are reminded of the following:

  • Anglers can sign up via the  ROLP website  or smartphone application ( Google Play  or  iTunes ) to participate. Log into your ROLP account and click the link to register to fish for red snapper under the EFP. Once you have registered, save an electronic copy on your mobile device or print a copy of your ROLP indicating your EFP registration and carry it on your person along with applicable licenses while fishing under the EFP.

All EFP participants will be subject to periodic, random LA Creel dockside surveys and associated online and phone effort surveys, as has been the case since 2014 when LA Creel began. While these surveys are voluntary, we strongly urge your participation, as this will be the primary method for tracking harvest. The accuracy and reliability of harvest estimates depend on angler participation in LA Creel, so we need as many anglers as possible to complete both dockside and phone and email surveys.
 
For additional questions regarding the upcoming red snapper season, the Exempted Federal Fishing Permit, or voluntary electronic reporting, please reference our FAQs.

 
 

 

DOTD Schedules Drawdown on Iatt Lake for Repair Work

Release Date: 05/22/2018

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces that the water level in Iatt Lake will be lowered for a brief period of time beginning on May 31, 2018, in order to complete necessary repairs of the spillway management gates.  
 
The water level will be lowered to a point approximately 9 feet below pool stage in order to access the management gates. It will take several weeks to lower the water to the desired level, and the work is anticipated to be completed within two weeks of achieving the proposed lowered water level. Immediately upon completion of the work, the gates will be closed and the lake allowed to re-fill. The time to re-fill the lake will be dependent upon rainfall after the gates are closed.
 
Questions regarding this notice may be directed to David Pugh at (318) 627-5522 or Brad Sticker at (318) 561-5280.
 
Media Contact
Erin Buchanan
Public Information Officer
Grant, Natchitoches, Sabine, and Winn Parishes
Office: (318) 549-8402
erin.buchanan@la.gov
 
Project Contact
David Pugh, P.E.
Project Engineer
Office: (318) 627-5522 or (318) 627-5457
david.pugh@la.gov
 
Brad Sticker, P.E.
Water Resources Engineer
Office: (318) 561-5280
brad.sticker@la.gov

Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Committee to Meet

Release Date: 05/21/2018

Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Committee

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 9:00 A.M.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

AGENDA

 

I.              Call to Order

II.             Pledge of Allegiance

III.            To Discuss Planning for Management of State Oyster Leasing and Public Seed Grounds Affected by Coastal Projects and Natural Hydrological Changes

IV.            Public Comment

V.             Set next meeting

VI.            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:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2834804150508692993

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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup. For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.govat least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

LDWF Announces Delay in Opening of Shrimp Season in Remaining Portion of Zone 1

Release Date: 05/17/2018

LDWF Announces Delay in Opening of Shrimp Season in Remaining Portion of Zone 1

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced a delay in the opening of shrimp season in the remaining portion of Shrimp Management Zone 1 from May 21 to Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

The opening is as follows:

The portion of Shrimp Management Zone 1 from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the southern shore of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet to open at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Secretary of the department has been notified of recent technical data that could negatively impact the Louisiana commercial shrimp industry. The high volume of brown shrimp landed by commercial harvesters has led to more available shrimp than can be efficiently handled by docks and processors. This situation can be detrimental to the commercial industry by flooding the market with similar sized shrimp, resulting in lower dockside values and a possible loss of harvested shrimp due to lack of available buyers.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is responsible for managing, conserving, and promoting the wise utilization of Louisiana’s renewable fisheries resources. In order to improve the utilization of the resource, LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet has decided to delay the opening of the remaining areas in the Pontchartrain Basin.

A declaration of emergency adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on May 3, 2018, authorized the Secretary of LDWF to delay or advance the opening dates of shrimp season if biological and/or technical data indicate the need to do so. Notice of any opening, delaying or closing of a season by the Secretary will be made by public notice at least 72 hours prior to such action.

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle (337) 491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Lake Charles Field Office Honored With Tourism Award by Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau

Release Date: 05/16/2018

LDWF's Eric Shanks (middle) accepts a Partner in Tourism Award from awards presenter Lt. Gov Billy Nungesser.

May 16, 2018 – The Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau honored the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Lake Charles Office with a Partner in Tourism award at its national tourism week luncheon last week.
 
The award recognized all staff and divisions at the Lake Charles office for their contributions to tourism in southwest Louisiana and assistance to the Convention and Visitors Bureau staff.
 
“The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries always has our back,’’ Convention and Visitors Bureau noted in a statement during the awards ceremony. “Whether it’s keeping us in the know with what’s new in the realm of the outdoors or being a place of refuge for Convention and Visitors Bureau staff. One day a boat broke free and (LDWF) was quick to respond to our call to identify the boat and bring it to safety. We are grateful to have such helpful and knowledgeable neighbors.’’
 

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LDWF Reopens All Roads on Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 05/16/2018

May 16, 2018 – All roads on the Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) have been reopened, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced. The roads were closed due to backwater flooding.
 
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 .
 

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LDWF Accepting Applications Starting May 17, 2018, for Waterfowl Group Hunts at White Lake WCA for 2018-19 Hunting Season

Release Date: 05/16/2018

May 16, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will begin accepting applications May 17, 2018 for waterfowl group hunts for up to 12 hunters per group at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA). 
 
The cost of the 2018-19 waterfowl season hunts will be $30,000 for each group and the application form is available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications .  A completed application form and $2,500 deposit must be submitted to LDWF by the close of business on June 20, 2018.
 
Interested groups must select one two-day group hunt per application. When selecting dates from the dates offered (example: Nov. 10-11), it is understood that arrival will be the afternoon before (example: Nov. 9).  The two consecutive days of hunting do not include the arrival day, which will be the day before from 3 to 5 p.m.
 
LDWF will select one application by random lottery drawing for each hunt offered.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must submit a separate application for each two-day group hunt they wish to reserve. Applicants can apply for as many as three separate two-day hunts. If multiple applications are submitted, each will require a separate $2,500 deposit.
 
Applications must be accompanied by a bank draft, money order or other liquid instrument made payable to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in the amount of $2,500.  If the application is selected, the deposit is non-refundable. The applicant will be notified by mail or e-mail, and will be required to submit the final payment of $27,500 no later than Oct. 15, 2018.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Any unsold hunts after the application deadline will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Please contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 ext. # 1 or email wsweeney@wlf.la.gov to find out what hunting dates may still be available. A hunt will be considered sold once a deposit and application is received in the LDWF Baton Rouge office at the address referenced in the application.
 
The fee covers up to 12 hunters and includes the following: transportation to and from the airport (Jennings or Lake Charles or Lafayette), all food and beverages, two-night stay at the White Lake Lodge, professional hunting and fishing guides, hunting and fishing licenses, steel shot shotgun shells for waterfowl hunts and steel shot for skeet range, the use of shotguns and fishing gear, bird and fish cleaning and packaging.
 
On the arrival day, hunters will watch a safety film and then be issued hunting and fishing licenses. If time allows, the group will shoot skeet in the late afternoon hours.  Day two starts with a morning waterfowl hunt from 6 to 9:30 a.m.  After the hunt, lunch will be served and that afternoon the group can fish or shoot clay targets on the skeet range or sporting clays course.  On day three, a morning waterfowl hunt is scheduled from 6 to 9:30 a.m., and checkout is no later than noon, after lunch.
 
Applications must be mailed or delivered to:
 
 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attention: White Lake Group Hunt
2000 Quail Drive, Room 418
Baton Rouge, LA   70808
 
For more information on White Lake WCA waterfowl group hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .
 

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LDWF Clarifies Red Snapper Season Start Date for Anglers

Release Date: 05/15/2018

(5-15-18) – LDWF would like to clarify that recreational red snapper harvest begins May 25.  A few anglers have had confusion regarding when recreational fishing for red snapper will be allowed for holders of a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP) under the Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) granted to Louisiana.  While the EFP allows the recreational harvest of red snapper from federal waters outside of a federal season, it only allows that harvest at times and seasons set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) when an angler possesses a saltwater fishing license and a ROLP.  

At its May meeting, the LWFC set the recreational red snapper season to open Friday, May 25 and run daily until LA Creel data indicates the allotted quota has been or is projected to be reached. 

For more information on the EFP and the red snapper season, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page (http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/snapper-efp-faqs).

To view the announcement regarding the 2018 red snapper season, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/42020.

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