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LDWF Holds Public Hearing to Discuss Cross Lake Largemouth Bass Study

Release Date: 09/20/2013

(Sept. 20, 2013) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public meeting on Monday, September 30 at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Region 1 Office located at 9961 Hwy. 80 in Minden to discuss results of a comprehensive study of largemouth bass in Cross Lake in Caddo Parish.
 
Angler influence on the bass population was also measured to evaluate current harvest regulations.  The results of the study can be used to predict effects of proposed regulations. 
 
Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss all aspects of Cross Lake fish management with LDWF representatives.
 
LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, and on Facebook at www.facebook.comldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.
 
 

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LDWF Announces Series of Wetland Management Workshops

Release Date: 09/19/2013

Sept. 19, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Technical Services Section, along with partners, will present Wetland Management Workshops at two locations in Louisiana’s Red River Valley Region.  The target audience for these events will be landowners managing shallow water impoundments for waterfowl and wetland birds. 

The Tuesday evening workshops are scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the following locations:

Sept. 24 – Natchitoches Arts Center

716 Second Street, Natchitoches, La.

Oct. 1 – Red River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters

150 Eagle Bend Point, Bossier City, La.

Each workshop will cover fundamentals associated with management of wetland impoundments for waterfowl and wetland birds. Topics will include timing of drawdowns, beneficial and invasive plant species, maintenance practices and a brief discussion on timber management in bottomland hardwood reforestation projects. Speakers will include LDWF technical services biologists, waterfowl and forestry program staff, and representatives from the USDA-NRCS and Ducks Unlimited. Experienced wetland managers will be on hand to discuss your particular situation.

Over the last 20 years, thousands of acres of wetland impoundments have been constructed, both independently and with the assistance of government cost share programs.  Some landowners are finding that, without management, these wetland units do not remain productive over extended periods of time.  There are certain management practices that when utilized can maximize use by wetland birds.  Landowners managing Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) properties should find this opportunity particularly beneficial. 

LDWF technical services biologists are available to provide technical assistance to support the efforts of Louisiana landowners. LDWF 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 on the workshops, contact David Hayden at 318-487-5885 or dhayden@wlf.la.gov .

 

 

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COMMERCIAL KING MACKEREL SEASON TO CLOSE SEPTEMBER 20

Release Date: 09/19/2013

September 19, 2013 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at 12 p.m. (noon), tomorrow, September 20, 2013. 
 
The closure was set based on data gathered by LDWF biologists and the National Marine Fisheries Service, that the annual quota for king mackerel of 1.07 million pounds for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico would soon be met.  The commercial fishing season for king mackerel will also close in federal waters at noon on Friday. 
 
Each year, a commercial quota is established for Gulf of Mexico group king mackerel by NMFS based on recommendations by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. That figure is then divided into allocations for various zones and fisheries.  According to the best information available, the 1.07 million pound commercial quota of king mackerel for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico will be harvested by September 20, 2013.
 
While there are relatively few king mackerel harvested or targeted by Louisiana recreational anglers, a substantial commercial fishery does exist, which typically lands 800 to 900 thousand pounds annually at Louisiana ports.  A significant portion of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana ports is shipped to markets in the northeast United States.
 
For more information, contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries contact Laura Deslatte-Wooderson at 504.430.2623 or lwooderson@wlf.la.gov.

 

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Sherburne WMA South Farm I-10 Access Detour in Effect

Release Date: 09/18/2013

Sept. 17, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is alerting anyone needing access to Sherburne Wildlife Management Area’s South Farm from I-10 that a detour from the normal route to that area is now in effect.
 
The Levee Access Road bridge over the borrow pit is being replaced by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and will not be available until the anticipated reopening in May of 2014.
 
Until the bridge replacement is complete, Sherburne’s South Farm access from the Ramah exit on I-10 will be as follows: From the I-10 Ramah exit, drive north on Hwy. 76, traveling 5.2 miles to Musson Lane; then turn left on Musson Lane, travel 1.1 miles to East Guide Levee Road; turn left again and travel south 3.5 miles to the South Farm check station.
 
Sherburne WMA is located within the Morganza Floodway portion of the Atchafalaya Basin, between the Atchafalaya River and the East Protection Levee, in Pointe Coupee, St. Martin and Iberville parishes. The WMA is accessible from US Hwy. 190 and I-10.
 
For more information, contact Tony Vidrine or Johnathan Bordelon in the Wildlife Division’s Opelousas field office at 337-948-0255.
 

 

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Plaquemine Man Pleads Guilty to Alligator Violations

Release Date: 09/16/2013

A Plaquemine man pleaded guilty to false swearing and theft of alligators in the 19th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge Parish on Sept. 12.

Judge Richard Moore accepted the guilty plea from John Boudreaux, 52, and sentenced him to one year of supervised probation, 30 hours of community service, fined him $100 plus court costs and ordered him to pay $5,000 for the cost of prosecution.

Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested Boudreaux on Oct. 14, 2011.

Agents started the investigation in September of 2011 after receiving a tip from an alligator hunter about a man illegally acquiring alligator tags from the department.  Agents found that Boudreaux forged signatures on alligator tag applications in order to obtain the rights to hunt alligators on land that he did not have permission.

According to LDWF records, Boudreaux illegally obtained 150 tags and harvested 149 alligators in West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes since 2001.

An alligator hunter must either own land or have permission to hunt alligators on land that is classified as wetland habitat in order to qualify for alligator harvest tags. LDWF issues harvest tags for property containing sufficient alligator habitat capable of sustaining an alligator harvest.  Wild alligator tags can only be issued to licensed alligator hunters and are nontransferable.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Ronnie Hebert, Sgt. Dusty Rhodes, Sgt. Louis Burnett and Senior Agents Jerry Stassi and Ladd Turner.  Assistant District Attorney Steven Danielson prosecuted the case.

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

LDWF Holds Public Hearing to Discuss Salivinia Control Measures on Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 09/14/2013

(Sept. 14, 2013) – Giant salvinia, an invasive aquatic weed, continues to be a serious problem on Lake Bistineau, despite extensive control efforts initiated by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  In an effort to stay abreast of the ongoing problem, the Department seriously considers all suggested control measures. 
 
The agency will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 26 at 6 p.m. at the Doyline High School Cafeteria, 376 College St., to consider two proposed control measures: timber removal and modification of the Lake Bistineau control structure.
 
Details related to the attached report will be the primary topic of discussion, but attendees will also have an opportunity to discuss all aspects of Lake Bistineau management with LDWF representatives.
 
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting many of 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 Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2396.

 

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2013-14 White Lake W.C.A. Marsh and Rice Field Lottery Hunts Announced

Release Date: 09/13/2013

Sept. 13, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for 2013-14 marsh and rice field lottery waterfowl hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.

The available dates for rice field hunts are:

Nov. 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 27, 29 and 30;

Dec. 1, 14, 15, 16, 19, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, and 31; and

Jan. 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, and 19.

Marsh hunts are available on:

Nov. 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 26 and 30;

Dec. 1, 17, 28, 29 and 30; and

Jan. 6, 8 and 14.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and applications for both hunts must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, 2013.

Applications may be obtained by contacting any of LDWF's field offices or by visiting the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts.  Completed applications may be delivered in person to Room 422 of the LDWF Building in Baton Rouge, or by mail.  The mailing address is: La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries,  P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.  Please note on envelope: Attention: White Lake Marsh (or Rice Field) Lottery Hunt, whichever is applicable.

Each application must include a non-refundable $5 administrative fee. The $5 fee must be paid by a check or money order payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Successful applicants will be notified by mail.

Selected applicants will be allowed two guests for the rice field hunts and one guest for the marsh hunts. An additional payment of $225 will be required for the rice field hunts and $350 for the marsh hunts.

For more information on White Lake WCA marsh and rice field lottery waterfowl hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 or wsweeney@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.

 

 

 

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Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet in New Orleans Tuesday September 17

Release Date: 09/13/2013

 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. The meeting will convene at 10:30 a.m. in Suite 210 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:

  1. Roll Call of Board Members
  2. Approval of Minutes from July 30, 2013 Meeting
  3. Hearing of Deferred New Permit Appeals
    1. Marty Melerine
  4. Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals
    1. Raymond Green
    2. Troy Alfonso
  5. Update on Recommendations Made at July 30, 2013 Meeting
  6. Receive Public Comments
  7. Set next meeting date
  8. 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 and Sabine 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.

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click HERE.

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, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov
 

Oyster Task Force to Meet Tuesday September 17 in New Orleans

Release Date: 09/13/2013

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting
John Tesvich, Chairman

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans
AGENDA
 
I.      Roll Call

II.     Approval of  Agenda and July 30, 2013  MINUTES

III.    Treasury Report
        A. Oyster Tag Sales
        B. LOTF Financial Report
                          
IV.   Committee Reports
       A.  Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)
       B.  Enforcement   - (Sammy Martin)
       C.  Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)
       D.  Research – (John Supan)
       E.  Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)
       F.  Marketing – (Ashley Roth)
      G.  Health – (Tenney Sibley)
      H. Sustainability-(LDWF)

V.   Old Business
      A. 2013-2014 Oyster Season Dates
      B. BP Oil Spill Remediation
          1. Claims Process
          2. Public Reef Remediation
          3. Oyster Lease Remediation
                      
VI. New Business
      A. ISSC Proposals- Al Sunseri
      B. Tracking Oyster Tag Color on Trip Tickets-LDWF
      C. Establishing an educational campaign “Save Our Reefs”
      D. Oyster Reef Educational Tour    

VII. Public Comment

VIII. Set Next Meeting

IX. Adjourn

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click HERE.
 
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 please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov
 

 

Marksville Man Cited for Alligator Violations

Release Date: 09/10/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Marksville man for alleged alligator hunting violations on Sept. 5.

Agents cited Ray Ussery, 62, for violating alligator tagging requirements and taking alligators from an unapproved alligator hunting area.

After receiving a tip from the public about potential alligator violations on the Richard K. Yancey and Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), agents set up surveillance in the area.  The WMAs are adjacent to each other and separated by the Red River with Richard K. Yancey WMA located in Concordia Parish and Grassy Lake WMA in Avoyelles Parish.

On the morning of Sept. 5, agents observed Ussery take an alligator from the Grassy Lake WMA without using an alligator tag.  Ussery had previously won a bid to legally take alligators from the Grassy Lake WMA.

Later in the morning, agents observed Ussery take two alligators on the Richard K. Yancey WMA, which is an unapproved area for taking alligators.

After making contact with Ussery, agents located two more alligators in Ussery’s vessel and three more on lines that belonged to Ussery on the Richard K. Yancey WMA.  Agents seized six alligators, Ussery’s remaining tags for the Grassy Lake WMA and the rest of the lines he had set on both WMAs.

Failing to comply with alligator tagging requirements and taking alligators from an unapproved area each bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Gabe Guidry, Senior Agent Doug Anderson, Lt. Russ Kiser, Senior Agent Joey Merrill and Senior Agent John Volentine.

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

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