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Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 11/02/2018

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. The meeting will convene at 9:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.  
 
Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:
 
I.      Pledge of Allegiance
II.     Call to order
III.    Roll Call
IV.    Approval of agenda
V.     Approval of minutes from July 30, 2018, meeting
VI.    Hearing of Deferred Renewal Permit Appeals
         a. Mauricio Blanco
VII.   Hearing of New Renewal and Re-Issuance Permit Appeals
         a. Collins Oyster Company
         b. Kate Popic
VIII.  Receive department response to special mailing of Permit Notices Request
IX.    Receive public comments
X.     Set next meeting date
XI.    Adjournment
 
This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.
 
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.
 
For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.govor Carolina Bourque at 337-735-8726 or cbourque@wlf.la.gov.   

Guy Crittenden Wins 2019 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition

Release Date: 11/01/2018

2019 Louisiana Duck Stamp winning entry by Guy Crittenden
Second place entry in 2019 Louisiana Duck Stamp contest.
Third place entry in 2019 Louisiana Duck Stamp contest.
Judges look over entries in 2019 Louisiana Duck Stamp contest.

Nov. 1, 2018 – Guy Crittenden of Richmond, Virginia, was selected the winner of the

2019 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition sponsored by the Louisiana

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). The annual contest picks the artwork that

will be used on what is called the Louisiana Duck Stamp.

 

It is the second time Crittenden has won the contest. He was selected the top entrant in

2015 and finished second in 2013 and ’14. He is a six-time winner of the Virginia Duck

Stamp competition, including in 2017, and has won duck stamp contests in Nevada,

Michigan, California, Colorado, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Connecticut. He finished

fifth in the 1999 Federal Duck Stamp contest.

 

Crittenden’s drawing features two northern shovelers in flight with several others in the

background amid a wetlands scene.

 

Dale Pousson of Egan, Louisiana, the Louisiana State Duck Stamp winner in 2003, took

second. Jeffrey Klinefelter of Etna Green, Indiana, who won this contest in 2004, 2008,

and 2012, and who recently won the 2018 California Gamebird Stamp competition, was

third.

 

Northern shoveler was the featured species in this year’s competition. The northern

shoveler, or spoony, is a dabbling duck named for its large spatulate bill specialized with

well-developed lamellae for seining aquatic invertebrates and other food items from the

water and pond bottom.

 

“We had 14 entries this year, and the quality of the best six or seven was such that the

judges spent a lot of time looking at every detail of the bird, habitat and overall

composition to select a winner,’’ said Larry Reynolds, LDWF’s Waterfowl Program

Manager. “Guy Crittenden’s work featured an outstanding depiction of a late-season

shoveler pair but also created a striking scene.’’

 

Shovelers are commonly seen in marsh and flooded agricultural habitats across

Louisiana and are highly visible in large colorful flocks foraging in rice-fields. Shoveler

 

populations in North America have grown steadily since the early 1990’s and provide

abundant hunting opportunity.

 

Despite the sometimes disparaging remarks about their sporting qualities or table fare,

Louisiana hunters took nearly 50,000 shovelers during the 2016-17 hunting season, the

sixth most abundant species in our harvest and more than any other state in the

Mississippi Flyway except Arkansas. Few species rival the striking appearance of a late-

winter drake shoveler, with its dark green head, bright white breast and chestnut flanks.

 

Judges for this year’s contest included Dr. Jim Bergan, director of freshwater and

wetland conservation for The Nature Conservancy; Dr. Kevin Ringelman, professor of

wildlife ecology at LSU’s School of Renewable Natural Resources; R.C. Davis, from

Amite and the 1998 Louisiana Duck Stamp winner; Dr. Headley Adelmann, retired

professor of biology at Southeastern Louisiana University and a long-time wildlife artist;

and Stephen Babcock, from Baton Rouge and the state chairman for Ducks Unlimited.

 

The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program was established in 1988 by the

Louisiana Legislature to generate revenue for conservation and enhancement of state

wetlands, benefitting migratory waterfowl overwintering in Louisiana. The program has

generated more than $14 million for wetlands conservation in Louisiana since 1989,

including $358,000 last year.

 

The 2019 stamp will go on sale June 1, 2019. The artist will retain the original artwork

and will have reproduction rights to the image for prints and other commodities after

LDWF has used the image to produce the stamps.

 

Click here for video of the event.

 

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at lreynolds@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0456.

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LDWF To Close Oyster Harvest In Hackberry Bay

Release Date: 10/31/2018

LDWF To Close Oyster Harvest In Hackberry Bay

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close oyster harvest in the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation (POSR), located in Lafourche and Jefferson Parishes,  at one-half hour after sunset on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

The oyster population in Hackberry Bay is managed based on a harvest threshold, and the recommended harvest threshold has been reached.  Continued harvest may threaten the long-term sustainability of the remaining oyster resources in this public oyster area.  Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in this area.

To view a map of the current oyster closure areas, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/oyster-season .

The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Jack Montoucet to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered.  The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health for public health concerns.

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 .

LDWF Announces Road Closures in Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 10/30/2018

Oct. 30, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed several roads to vehicle traffic at the Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding, including Union Point Road, Lincecum Road, Blackhawk Road and Blackhawk Boat Launch.
 
In addition to these roads, several ATV trails have also been closed, including Jacks Bayou ATV Trail, Lincecum ATV Trail and Blackhawk ATV trail.
 
While the WMA will remain open, users are asked to comply with road and ATV trail closures deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent road damage. Once the water recedes, LDWF will reopen these roads and trails when conditions are deemed safe for travel.
 
Richard K. Yancey WMA is located approximately 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Highway 15 in lower Concordia Parish.
 
For information on this WMA, go to htt://www.wlf.la.gov/wma/36994 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-735-8682 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-735-8683 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

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November 2018 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 10/29/2018

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

 

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Adoption of October 4, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes

5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6. Enforcement Report, October 2018

7. Present the Shikar Safari Officer of the Year Award

8. Present the Mississippi Flyway Council Officer of the Year Award

9. Announce the Winning Artist for the 2019 Louisiana Duck Stamp Contest

10. Receive and Consider a Resolution that Establishes and Adds Acreage to the Elmer’s Island Wildlife Complex

11. Receive and Consider a Resolution of Support for the Reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

12. Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency Authorizing the Secretary of LDWF to Reopen the Commercial King Mackerel Season in State Waters to Coincide with a Reopening in Federal Waters

13. Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to Un-Designate Certain Water Bottoms East of the Mississippi River as Public Oyster Seed Grounds

14. Receive a Summary Presentation on the October 2018 Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council Meeting

15. Set March 2019 Commission Meeting Date

16. Receive Public Comments

17.  Adjournment

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5967997777414159875

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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 recreational or commercial fishing email and text 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 rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

Some Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area Deer Season Hunting Dates Omitted From 2018-19 Regulations Pamphlet

Release Date: 10/23/2018

Oct. 23, 2018 – Deer hunting season dates for some of the Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area (WMA) either-sex modern firearm dates were inadvertently omitted from the 2018-19 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet.
 
The complete dates are listed on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website at (www.wlf.la.gov/wma).
 
The correct dates for either-sex modern firearms season are as follows: Nov. 23-25, Dec. 1-9 and Dec. 22-23, 2018.
 
In addition to the either-sex season the following dates are also open for deer hunting: Bucks only – Dec. 24, 2018 through Jan. 6, 2019; Primitive firearms – Nov. 10-11, 2018 and Jan. 7-13, 2019.
 
Thistlethwaite WMA is located in north central St. Landry Parish, immediately northeast of Washington, off Louisiana Highway 10. Access to the WMA via I-49 is also possible by using the Lebeau exit.
 
For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.la.gov/wma or contact Tony Vidrine  at tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or  337-735-8682 or Steven David sdavid@wlf.la.gov or 337-735-8683.
 

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Sherburne Wildlife Management Area Camping Area Water System No Longer Available

Release Date: 10/23/2018

Oct. 23, 2018 – The water supply system at the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) main camping area is no longer available to the public, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
The system was discontinued because it does not meet regulatory requirements set forth by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Campers and other WMA users must bring their own water for drinking purposes, washing dishes, toiletry, etc.
 
Sherburne WMA is located in the Atchafalaya Basin, between U.S. Highway 190 and Interstate 10.  The main camping area is located approximately three miles south of U.S. Highway 190, off Louisiana Highway 975 and approximately 13 miles north of Interstate 10.
 
For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2763 or contact Tony Vidrine at tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or 337-735-8682 or Steven David at sdavid@wlf.la.gov or 337-735-8683.
 

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Gulf of Mexico Seafood Sustainability Certification Program Achieves International Recognition

Release Date: 10/19/2018

The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has formally recognized the Audubon Nature Institute’s Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) seafood sustainability certification program. This recognition means that the G.U.L.F RFM program meets the same standards as other established and respected international seafood sustainability certification programs. As a result, Gulf seafood suppliers now have access to a regional program that can credibly assess the sustainability of Gulf fisheries, rather than having to solely rely on international certifications or rating schemes from organizations unfamiliar with or not applicable to the Gulf’s unique fisheries.

 

The GSSI has determined that the G.U.L.F. RFM certification standard aligns with all applicable Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool, which is based on the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Technical Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries and consists of performance areas related to scheme governance, operational management (including chain of custody), and applied wild-capture fisheries audit standards.

 

Since 2012, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Audubon Nature Institute, and stakeholders across the Gulf have worked together to develop the G.U.L.F. RFM certification program as a seafood sustainability certification program that is more attuned to the particular biological, environmental, and socioeconomic conditions in Gulf fisheries. Currently, the Louisiana blue crab fishery is certified to the G.U.L.F. RFM standard, as well as that of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), another GSSI-recognized program. LDWF continues to work with stakeholders in other fisheries who wish to demonstrate the sustainability of their fishery products through seafood sustainability certifications.

 

For more information on the G.U.L.F. RFM program, visit www.audubongulf.org .

 

For more information on the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative, visit www.ourgssi.org .

 

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.

CWPPRA’s Gulf Shoreline Stabilization Project Touted at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge

Release Date: 10/16/2018

Part of CWPPRA's Gulf Shoreline Stabilization Project at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge.

Oct. 16, 2018 – With construction in progress for the Gulf Shoreline Stabilization Project at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and other partners celebrated last week the work done to minimize coastal erosion in the refuge, located in Cameron and Vermilion parishes.
 
The project, funded by the Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection Restoration Act (CWPPRA), is a series of breakwaters along the coast of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge. Last week’s gathering highlighted this project along with other CWPPRA funded projects.
 
One of the sections of the project, dubbed ME-18 and located beginning at Joseph Harbor Outlet moving westward, began in July earlier this year at a cost of $34.3 million.
 
CWPPRA is federal legislation enacted in 1990 that is designed to identify, prepare and fund construction of coastal wetlands restoration projects. Since its inception, 210 coastal restoration or protection projects have been authorized, benefiting approximately 100,000 acres in Louisiana.
 
Gathering at last week’s event included participants from CWPPRA's five federal managing agencies (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service), the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), LDWF, state and local representatives and members of the public.
 
Additionally, ten students from South Cameron High School presented essays and art projects addressing how coastal restoration and protection is personally important to their lives.
 
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is considered an erosional hotspot on Louisiana’s coastline with erosion rates averaging more than 50 feet a year. The refuge manages large marsh impoundments primarily for migrating waterfowl and other neotropical migrants.
 
“Our coastline must be protected first,” said Scooter Trosclair, Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge manager. “We are protecting crucial habitat with this project and we are also safeguarding a vital public use area too.”
 
Rockefeller is a state wildlife refuge where visitors are allowed to fish in the canal systems and areas surrounding water control structures on the refuge. With more than 200,000 visitors annually, it is the most visited state refuge in Louisiana.
 
Since Rockefeller’s founding in 1919, the refuge has lost more than 15,000 acres to coastal erosion. The Gulf Shoreline Stabilization Project addresses the rapid rate of land-loss at the refuge with the use of segmented breakwaters.
 
Before the project was funded, experimental breakwaters were constructed utilizing different types of material. These experimental breakwaters were employed along Rockefeller’s coastline in 2011. These trials were conducted because most sites along Rockefeller’s shoreline cannot support the heavy weight of boulder style breakwaters utilized in other areas.
 
After testing various models, a specific style of breakwater was selected. Large pillow mats are filled with small, porous rocks called light-weight aggregate rock. These large pillows full of rock are laid as a foundation for the breakwater. The breakwater is then capped with larger rock to absorb wave energy from the Gulf. The pillow mats beneath the breakwater provided a strong enough foundation to stabilize the breakwater without increasing the breakwater’s weight to a point of subsidence.
 
The project, originally planned for nine miles along Rockefeller’s western coastline, would have cost an estimated $90 million. Current funding from CWPPRA will secure construction for approximately 4-5 miles of Rockefeller’s coastline. Additional funding is being proposed.
 
For more information about CWPPRA visit lacoast.gov. For more information about Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, visit https://www.rwrefuge.com/shoreline-stabilization or contact Gabe Giffin at ggiffin@wlf.la.gov. Images and video of ME-18 can be found at: https://ldwf.cantoflight.com/v/cwppra/landing
 

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