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Get Out and Fish! brings new community fishing site to Walker, LA

Release Date: 10/16/2018

Youth shows off her channel catfish caught at LDWF Get Out & Fish pond.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the city of Walker invite anglers ages 15 and under to join them for a free fishing event on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Sidney Hutchinson Park as part of the department’s Get Out and Fish! Program. Prior to the event, the pond will be stocked with 600 pounds of adult channel catfish. In addition, there will be a multitude of fishing activities for the entire family including a mobile touch tank, casting inflatable and a chance to meet Robbie the Redfish. 

Competition categories include heaviest catfish and heaviest “other” fish.  Age divisions are broken into Little Angler (ages 8 and under) and Junior Angler (ages 9 to 15). Attendees are encouraged to bring your own gear, bait and tackle, and an ice chest to keep your fish. Anglers 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. To purchase a fishing license online, visit https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com.

The first 100 youth to register will receive a goody bag, and every participant will be entered into a raffle drawing to win prizes. Adults who accompany a minor at the event will also be entered into a separate raffle.  Lunch will be provided by Forte and Tablada while supplies last. To pre-register for this event, or for more information visit www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1. You can also follow us on Facebook @ldwfgetoutandfish.

Prizes and raffle items are provided by event sponsors including Walmart and Albasha Greek and Lebanese Restaurant. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation is still looking for interested parties to support launching our newest community fishing site. If you are interested in volunteering or donating prizes and supplies for the event, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov.

The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations.

This event is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.

For more information on Get Out and Fish! Program, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2375.  

LDWF Reopens Elmer’s Island after Hurricane Michael

Release Date: 10/11/2018

LDWF has reopened Elmer’s Island as water levels have begun to recede and the parking area at the beach is mostly dry. 

Visitors are reminded to use caution, and be mindful of the tidal stage until water levels return to normal. Please also be aware that rip currents are a possibility with the amount of water funneling out of the estuary.

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.

 

Gulf Council Considering Cobia Regulation Changes, Requesting Input from Fishermen

Release Date: 10/10/2018

Fishery managers and fishermen from some Gulf states have expressed concerns that the Gulf cobia population is decreasing. In response, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is considering ways to reduce harvests including increasing the minimum size limit, decreasing the possession limit, or imposing a vessel limit (or some combination of these measures). These changes would affect both the commercial and recreational fisheries.

The Gulf Council will be making a final decision on these proposed changes at their October 22-25, 2018 meeting in Mobile, Alabama . The Gulf Council currently prefers increasing the minimum size limit to 36 inches fork length (FL), decreasing the possession limit to one fish per person per day, and implementing a vessel limit of two fish per vessel per day. However, they are selecting from a number of alternatives and their preferences may change, especially in response to public comment. Please provide feedback on these proposed regulation changes.

You can submit comments directly to the Gulf Council online by close of business on October 16, 2018. After that, either submit comments online to LDWF’s Gulf Council representative or in person during the public comment period at the Gulf Council’s upcoming meeting (1:30 pm–4:30 pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2018). The Gulf Council will be voting on their final decision Thursday, October 25, 2018. More details on the proposed changes and their potential impacts are below.

 

The current minimum size limit for cobia is 33 inches FL. The Gulf Council has proposed increasing the minimum size limit to 36, 39, or 42 inches. These proposed increases would reduce harvests by:

Proposed Minimum Size Limit

Estimated Percent Reduction in Harvest

Commercial

Recreational

36 inches FL

10.3%

26.1%

39 inches FL

29%

47%

42 inches FL

55.9%

61.7%

 

The current possession limit is two fish per person per day. Lowering the possession limit to one cobia per person per day would reduce commercial harvest by 6% and recreational harvest by 4%.

There is no vessel limit at this time, but the Gulf Council has proposed a daily vessel limit of two, four, or six fish. These proposed changes would reduce harvests by:

Proposed Vessel Limit

Estimated Percent Reduction in Harvest

Commercial

Recreational

Two cobia per vessel

5%

9.1%

Four cobia per vessel

1.6%

3.7%

Six cobia per vessel

0.7%

1.5%

 

If these measures were combined, the estimated percent reduction in harvest would increase.

For more information, contact Chris Schieble at cschieble@wlf.la.gov or 504-284-2035.

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.

Commercial Fishery for Gray Triggerfish to Close in Louisiana Waters on October 10

Release Date: 10/09/2018

The commercial fishery for gray triggerfish in Louisiana waters will close at 11:59 p.m. on October 10, 2018, and will remain closed until January 1, 2019.   
 
The decision, made by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet, followed notification by NOAA Fisheries that the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico closed for commercial harvest of gray triggerfish on October 8, 2018, and are to remain closed until January 1, 2019.
 
Regulations for the gray triggerfish fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico include a commercial quota. Based on current commercial gray triggerfish landings, it is projected the 2018 commercial quota of 60,900 pounds was harvested by October 8, 2018.   
 
After the closure, all commercial harvest, possession, purchase, barter, trade, sale or attempts to purchase, barter, trade or sell gray triggerfish is prohibited until January 1, 2019, the date set for the opening of the 2019 season. The prohibition on the sale/purchase of gray triggerfish during the closure does not apply to those that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to the effective date of the closure and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor provided appropriate records in accordance with R.S. 56:306.5 and 56:306.6 are properly maintained.
 
For more information about this closure, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF to Close Elmer’s Island Due to Hurricane Michael on Tuesday, October 9 at 3 p.m.

Release Date: 10/08/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announces the temporary closure of Elmer's Island, located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish beginning October 9 at 3 p.m.
 
As a precautionary measure due to the projected path of Hurricane Michael and anticipated impacts from this storm, Elmer's Island will remain closed until further notice.

LOUISIANA ON THE RIGHT TRACK

Release Date: 10/05/2018

There's a breeze of hope sweeping across the state of Louisiana, with many of our most difficult challenges now in the rearview mirror. Not too long ago, our state was trapped in a cycle of budget battles that threatened everything from health care to education. But after lots of hard work and a sustained commitment to put Louisiana first, those days are now behind us.

 

There's a breeze of hope sweeping across the state of Louisiana, with many of our most difficult challenges now in the rearview mirror. Not too long ago, our state was trapped in a cycle of budget battles that threatened everything from health care to education. But after lots of hard work and a sustained commitment to put Louisiana first, those days are now behind us.

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet names Robert Shadoin as Deputy Secretary

Release Date: 10/05/2018

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet names Robert Shadoin as Deputy Secretary

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Jack Montoucet has named former State Representative Robert E. Shadoin as Deputy Secretary of LDWF. Shadoin will begin on Monday (Oct. 8).

The Ruston republican and attorney recently left the Louisiana Legislature where he represented the 12th District in the Louisiana House of Representatives. His district included Lincoln and Union parishes.

Shadoin is a graduate of Ruston High. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University and a law degree from the LSU Law Center. He served as Ruston City Attorney from 1991-1994 and from 1994-2006, he was a member of the Lincoln Parish School Board.

He and his wife, the former Carol Brasuell, have four children.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Names Louisiana Room For Former LDWF Secretary Joe L. Herring

Release Date: 10/05/2018

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet with members of Joe L. Herring's family.
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Names Louisiana Room For Former LDWF Secretary Joe L. Herring

Oct. 5, 2018 – A meeting room at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) headquarters now bears the name of former LDWF Secretary Joe L. Herring.
 
With members of his family in attendance, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted unanimously at its meeting Thursday to rename the auditorium the Joe L. Herring Louisiana Room. Commission meetings, public gatherings and major department events are held in the room.
 
Herring, who served as LDWF Secretary from 1992-96, died on June 9. He was 89.
 
“From his work as a field biologist with LDWF in the 1950s all the way to his run as LDWF Secretary in the middle 1990s, Joe had a profound effect on this department,’’ LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said. “He served this department and this state in an exemplary manner. We’re all pleased the commission extended this honor and we’ll always remember Joe and his work with LDWF.’’
 
Herring was born in Ruston, raised in Shreveport and graduated from Louisiana Tech in May 1949 with a wildlife management degree. He served in the U.S. Army.
 
He began his career at LDWF on Jan. 15, 1955. He served in many capacities, including as a district supervisor in Monroe from 1955-62, as LDWF’s Fish and Game Chief from 1962-71, then Chief of the Game Division from 1971-79. He was Assistant Secretary for Wildlife in 1979-80 and from 1984-92 when former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards appointed him LDWF secretary, a post he held until he retired in 1996.
 
Herring played a part in many of the success stories at LDWF. He had a hand in helping to bring back the white-tailed deer population in north Louisiana as well as restoring the alligator, the brown pelican and the bald eagle.
 
He also earned numerous state and national awards for his conservation work. Herring placed a major emphasis on educating the public about Louisiana’s outdoors and the need for conservation measures to keep those resources abundant and flourishing.
 
Even in retirement, Herring continued to work to protect and promote Louisiana’s wildlife resources. He was active with the East Ascension Sportsman’s League, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, the Baton Rouge Sportsman’s League and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation among other organizations.
 

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Feral Hog Advisory Task Force Sets Agenda for Oct. 11 Meeting

Release Date: 10/05/2018

Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force
Meeting Agenda
11 October 2018
9:00AM
 
 
I.          Call to Order
 
II.        Roll Call
 
III.       Announcements and Introductions
 
IV.       Approval of meeting minutes – 12 July 2018
 
V.        Old Business
           
            A. Update on items addressed at 12 July meeting  
                        1. USDA testing on warfarin/Kaput®
                        2. Update on non-target animals feeding on dropped bait from feeder trials
                        3. Disease data from hogs trapped on WMAs
 
            B. Update from LDAF on plans for warfarin/Kaput® licensing in La  
 
            C. Website update  
           
VI.       New Business
 
            A. Letter of request to SEAFWA Wild Hog Working Group  
 
B. Report from National Wild Pig Task Force  
           
            C. Farm Bill news
           
            D. By-Laws amendment to change term limit on officers
 
            E. Election of officers for 2019
           
            F. Annual Report – due 1 February 2019
 
            G. Other – LDWF Enforcement division citations issued since HB 226 went into effect
 
VII.     Public Comments
 
VIII.    Announcement of next meeting date – 10 January 2019
 
IX.       Adjournment
 
 
 

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LDWF to Hold Hands-on Trapping Workshop in Monroe on Oct. 20

Release Date: 10/05/2018

Oct. 5, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold a hands-on trapping workshop at the LDWF Monroe Field Office on Oct. 20 (Saturday).  The workshop is free to attend but registration is required.
 
This workshop is designed to preserve trapping as a management tool, a recreational activity and an economic benefit to Louisiana citizens. Topics include state trapping regulations, trapping equipment, trapping safety, best management practices, trap selection/setting and skinning.
 
For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Manuel, furbearer biologist, at JHogue-Manuel@wlf.la.gov or at 337-735-8674.
 

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