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LDWF Secretary Expands “Sacking-Only” Area in Mississippi Sound for Upcoming 2015-2016 Oyster Season

Release Date: 09/21/2015

 

News Release
 
For Immediate Release
September 21, 2015
 
Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

 

LDWF Secretary Expands “Sacking-Only” Area in Mississippi Sound for Upcoming 2015-2016 Oyster Season
 
Robert Barham, the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, expanded the “sacking-only” area in Mississippi Sound for the upcoming oyster season on the public oyster seed grounds.  The revised “sacking-only” area is further described as that portion of the public oyster seed grounds within Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ (LDHH) Harvest Area 1 falling east of a line of longitude at 89 degrees 29 minutes 0.00 seconds W, and the entirety of the LDHH Harvest Area 2.
 
To view revised maps of this area visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons
 
The “sacking-only” area in Mississippi Sound originally encompassed only LDHH Harvest Area 2, but was expanded as described above.  An additional “sacking-only” area in the Bay Long and American Bay area as originally set by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for the upcoming season remains unchanged. Within these “sacking-only” areas, which are set to open on Monday, October 19, 2015, the harvest of oysters is limited to the take of market-size oysters only. 
 
Closure dates, adjustments in sack limits and/or sacking-only areas will be determined by LDWF Secretary Barham on an “as needed” basis, based on biological and harvest data, or if enforcement issues are encountered.  The Secretary is also authorized by the Commission to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended, and to open public 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 and Hospitals 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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

LDWF Staff Recognized for Bobwhite Restoration and Management Activities

Release Date: 09/18/2015

For Immediate Release
September 18, 2015

 

Contact: Bo Boehringer

Public Information
LDWF

(225) 765-5115

bboehringer@wlf.la.gov

LDWF Staff Recognized for Bobwhite Restoration and Management Activities

Spetember 28, 2015 - Image of Christian Winslow with 2015 NBCI

 

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Hunters for the Hungry Hosts “Clean Out Your Freezer Day”

Release Date: 09/18/2015

For Immediate Release
Sept. 18, 2015

 

Contact: Virginia Archer
Development Director
225-765-2860
hfh@wlf.la.gov

 

 

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Oyster Task Force Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee to Meet

Release Date: 09/17/2015

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
September 17, 2015

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

 

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LDWF Opens New Kayak Launch Site

Release Date: 09/17/2015

(Sept. 17, 2015)  - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recently completed a boating access project on the Ben Lilly Conservation Area, upgrading the existing launch to improve accessibility for kayak and small boat users. 
 
Area improvements included upgrading the existing launch to a concrete boat ramp and construction of an access road and parking area. 
 
Kayaking enthusiasts have long launched their kayaks in the world’s longest bayou, Bayou Bartholomew, and these improvements will both enhance their experience and allow safe, accessible entry into the water,” explained LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “Maintaining and developing recreational boating and fishing access opportunities has been a top priority of our department.”
 
The new ramp is now available for public use during Chemin-A-Haut State Park’s standard operating hours. 
 
The Ben Lilly Conservation Area is a 247-tract on Bayou Bartholomew in Morehouse Parish. The acreage contains a variety of habitats including mature bottomland hardwoods and approximately three miles of frontage along Bayou Bartholomew, which contains the highest fish and mussel diversity in the state.

LDWF’s License to Win! Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Release Date: 09/16/2015

(Sept. 16, 2015) - As part of it’s first annual License to Win! promotion, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation awarded five lucky winners for its August saltwater license holder drawing. Winners drawn on September 1 include Sidney Brown, Haley Hester, Thomas Leonards, Arielle Lewis and Grant Wood.
 
The winners were among thousands of names entered when they purchased a 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing license.
 
The sweepstakes includes five monthly prize winners of a YETI Tundra 45 ice chest, Shimano Curado G-Loomis Combo or gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Texaco and Whole Foods Market.
 
The License to Win! sweepstakes encourages anglers to provide accurate contact information to participate in a survey (LA Creel) that helps LDWF manage their fishery. LA Creel is the data-gathering survey that allows LDWF biologists to manage our fisheries at localized levels across the state. The success of LA Creel will not only allow the Department to better manage fisheries, but will ultimately maximize the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers. 
 
This promotion has just begun, so visit your nearest license vendor or go online (www.wildlifelicense.com) to purchase your recreational saltwater license to be eligible for next month’s drawing. The department will continue to select five winners each month, and one lucky angler will take home the grand prize, a 22 foot bay boat, trailer and motor donated by Venice Marina, Mercury Outboards and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot.
 
Rules, photos and additional information can be found at http://www.fishla.org/license-win-sweepstakes/

Louisiana Crab Task Force Legislative Committee Meeting

Release Date: 09/16/2015

Louisiana Crab Task Force Legislative Committee Meeting
Pete Gerica, chairman
Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 12 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122
 
AGENDA
 
I.       Roll Call and Introduction of Guests
II.      Crab gear license requirement options
III.     Public Comment
IV.     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/3647430083272037378

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 09/16/2015

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting
Pete Gerica, chairman
Tuesday, September 22 ,1:00 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122
 
AGENDA
I.         Roll call and introduction of guests
II.        Approval of July 21 meeting minutes and September 22 agenda
III.       Financial Report
IV.       Old Business
            A.  Fishery management options - LDWF
            B.  Derelict crab trap dates and locations for 2015 - LDWF
V.       New Business
            A.  Legislative Committee Report
VI.      Public Comment
VII.     Set Next Meeting
VIII.    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/5502707521069838850

LDWF Announces Elmer's Island Road Closure

Release Date: 09/15/2015

The access road to Elmer's Island, a wildlife refuge owned and maintained by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, will close to the public Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25 for repair work. 
 
Vehicular traffic will resume once repairs are complete.

Elmer’s Island is a 230-acre tract of barrier beachfront located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish.
 

Boat Launch Improvement Completed on Little River WMA

Release Date: 09/15/2015

Sept. 15, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising WMA users that the boat launch at the Fish Creek camping area in Little River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is open again.  Improvements to the launch have been made to provide better access and safety.

Little River WMA is located in Grant Parish in central Louisiana approximately 8 miles north of Pollock. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2782 or contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .

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