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White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area 2013 Teal Season Lottery Announced

Release Date: 07/15/2013

July 15, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2013 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.

Available dates include Saturday, Sept. 14; Sunday, Sept. 15; Tuesday, Sept. 17; Thursday, Sept. 19; Saturday, Sept. 21; Sunday, Sept. 22; Wednesday, Sept. 25; Saturday, Sept. 28; and Sunday, Sept. 29.

Persons 18 years of age or older can apply and only one application per hunter will be accepted. Applications are available on the LDWF Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or by writing to the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake WCA Teal Season Lottery Hunts, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

Completed applications must be received by close of business on Aug. 15, 2013. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.

Each applicant who is selected will be allowed to bring one additional hunter as a guest. All hunters must have appropriate licenses, including a basic hunting license (or Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise license), a Louisiana duck license, federal duck stamp and HIP permit.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail and required to submit an additional check or money order for $250 per hunt party. Applications are non-transferrable.

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 on White Lake WCA teal season lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

 

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Kentwood Couple Cited for Possessing Undersized Seatrout

Release Date: 07/12/2013

July 12, 2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Kentwood couple for alleged fishing violations on July 12 in Jefferson Parish.

While on a Joint Enforcement Agreement patrol, agents stopped a vessel in the Gulf of Mexico fishing along the beach in Jefferson Parish.

During the vessel inspection, agents found Chad Terrebonne, 30, and Nicole Terrebonne, 29, in possession of 49 spotted seatrout of which 40 were undersized. The legal minimum size limit for spotted seatrout is 12 inches.

Possession of undersized seatrout brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  The Terrebonne’s may also face a civil restitution penalty of $28.97 per undersized fish.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Michael Marques.

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

Shrimp Season to Close In Majority of State Inside Waters

Release Date: 07/12/2013

Shrimp Season to Close In Majority of State Inside Waters

(July 12, 2013) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2013 spring inshore shrimp season will close Thursday, July 18, at 6:00 am in state inside waters in the remaining portions of Timbalier Bay, Terrebonne Bay, Lake Pelto and Pelican Lake where the shrimp season was extended; and, from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche.

The following state inside water will remain open to shrimping until further notice:

  • The portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Mississippi/Louisiana Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Mississippi/Louisiana Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning
  • The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters.  The decision to close this area was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.

For a map detailing these closures please visit here.

All remaining state outside waters, as well as those portions of the Pontchartrain Basin described above will remain open to shrimping until further notice, with the exception of those areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.  Maps of the areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill

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, contact Martin Bourgeois at (985) 594-4130 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries, contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.

 

 

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Vessel Operator Arrested for DWI after Boating Crash Incident on Natalbany River that Severely Injured Six-Year-Old Girl

Release Date: 07/11/2013

July 11, 2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents today, July 11, arrested a Vicksburg, Miss. man for his alleged role as an operator of a vessel during a boating crash incident that severely injured a six-year-old girl on the Natalbany River.

Agents arrested Anthony Domiono, 40, for operating or driving a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) with two children under 12 years of age, two counts of negligent injury, and reckless operation of a vessel and booked him into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.

The boating crash incident occurred around 4:45 p.m. on June 9 when Domiono was operating a 22-foot-ski boat that had five passengers while towing a tube with two juveniles crashed into a tree along the bank of the Natalbany River in Tangipahoa Parish.  The incident happened about three miles upstream from where the river merges with the Tickfaw River.

After receiving a call from dispatch, LDWF agents arrived on scene and immediately called for a helicopter to transport a six-year-old girl.  The six-year-old-girl was in the boat at the time of the collision with the tree and suffered major head trauma and needed immediate attention.

The helicopter took the girl to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge where she was listed in critical condition.  The girl has since been discharged from the hospital and it is hopeful she can make a full recovery.

Domiono suffered a broken foot and the other five passengers were treated for minor injuries.

As standard procedure agents took blood from the operator to determine if the operator was impaired.  After receiving the blood test results, it was determined that Domiono had a blood alcohol content (BAC) higher than the legal limit of .08 BAC.

DWI brings a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.  Negligent injury carries up to a $1,000 fine and six months of jail per each count.  Reckless operation brings a $200 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Sgt. Randy Lanoux is the lead investigative agent for this boating crash incident.

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

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 07/09/2013

Thursday, July 11, 1:30 PM
LDWF Waddill Outdoor Education Center     
4142 North Flannery Rd, Baton Rouge 70814

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and introduction of guests and new members

II.  Approval of  February 26, 2013 minutes

III.  Financial Report

IV.  Old Business

  A.  Serviceable Crab Trap Law- meeting with shrimp management subcommittee

V.  New Business

  1. Legislative Update
  2. Review of Crab Task Force standard operating procedures  and bylaw subcommittee selection– Martin Bourgeois
  3. Review of personal financial disclosure reporting requirements – Martin Bourgeois
  4. Dumpsters for derelict crab traps during shrimp season- Dr. Julie Anderson
  5. MSC update- Rene LeBreton
  6. Mississippi River Gulf Outlet- Keith Watts
  7. Text Alerts- Julia Lightner
  8. Task force vacancies – Martin Bourgeois
  9. Management Opportunities- Immature female blue crabs
  10. Seafood processor survey – Dr. Jack Isaacs
  11. Soft-shell crab shedding grant

VI. Public Comment

VII.  Set Next Meeting

VIII.  Adjourn

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CLARIFICATION: Shrimp Season to Close Thursday July 4 in Majority of the Terrebonne Basin

Release Date: 07/04/2013

(July 3, 2012) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2013 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, in the Terrebonne Basin from the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island, except for potions of lower Timbalier Bay, Terrebonne Bay, Lake Pelto and Pelican Lake that border the Gulf.


Specifically, the inside waters within the Terrebonne Basin that will remain open to shrimping are bounded by the following coordinates:  south of 29 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and south of 29 degrees 07 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 50 minutes 30 seconds west longitude.

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters.  The decision to close this area was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.
 


LDWF is extending the shrimp season in these lower coastal bays and lakes to provide shrimpers with added opportunities to harvest emigrating brown shrimp while limiting adverse impacts to developing white shrimp populations.  However, if compliance among shrimpers with respect to these boundaries becomes a problem, LDWF will immediately close these waters to shrimping.
 


For a map detailing these closures please click here:

All remaining state inside waters, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line, will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice, with the exception of those areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Maps of the areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill
 


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, contact Martin Bourgeois at (985) 594-4130 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.   For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.

Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council Meeting Set for July 9

Release Date: 07/03/2013

The Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council will meet on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in the 4th floor conference room at the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters at

2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La.  The meeting agenda will include:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of March 12, 2013
  3. Welcome and Opening Comments - Chairman
  4. Enforcement Division Report
  5. Legislative Session Overview
  6. Office of Fisheries: Recreational Offshore Landing Permit
  7. Office of Fisheries: Wallop-Breaux Funds
  8. Office of Wildlife: Preliminary Waterfowl Hunter Survey Results
  9. Other Business: Council Discussion on Meeting Schedule
  10. Set Next Meeting Date
  11. Receive Public Comments
  12. Adjournment

 

 

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Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Marketing Committee Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 07/03/2013

July 8, 2013
10:00 a.m.
Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Office
2101 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 310, New Orleans, La

  1. Call to order and introduction of guests
  2. Seafood Marketing Campaign Performance Evaluation
    1. GCR
    2. Newsroom Ink
    3. Graham Group
    4. The Food Group
    5. Staff Review
  3. Public comment
  4. Adjourn

 

 

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L.W.F.C. Sets Tentative 2013-14 Early Season Migratory Bird Hunting Dates

Release Date: 07/02/2013

July 2, 2013 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the dates for the 2013-2014 early migratory bird hunting seasons at their July 2 meeting. These dates, recommended by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, are tentative pending U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approval.

The proposed dove season is broken down into a north and south zone with each zone having three segments and includes mourning, white-winged, Eurasian collared and ringed-turtle doves. The dove season in the south zone would go from Sept. 7-15, Oct. 19 - Dec. 1 and Dec. 21 - Jan. 6. The north zone would be from Sept. 7-22, Oct. 12 - Nov. 10 and Dec. 14 - Jan. 6. The daily bag limit for mourning, white-winged and fully dressed Eurasian collared-doves and ringed-turtle doves would be 15 in aggregate and possession of 45 in aggregate. However, there is no bag limit on Eurasian collared-doves or ringed turtle-doves provided that a fully feathered wing and head remain attached to the carcass of the bird. Fully dressed Eurasian-collared doves and ringed turtle-doves (those without a fully feathered wing and head naturally attached to the carcass) shall be included in the aggregate bag.

The following boundary divides the dove season zones: Beginning at the Texas-Louisiana border on La. Hwy. 12; thence east along La. Hwy. 12 to its intersection with U.S. Hwy. 190; thence east along U.S. Hwy. 190 to its intersection with Interstate 12; thence east along I-12 to its intersection with Interstate 10; then east along I-10 to the Mississippi state line.

Blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal season would last from Sept. 14 - 29 with a daily bag limit of six (6) and a possession limit of eighteen (18). Federal and state waterfowl stamps are required to harvest teal.

Rail and gallinule seasons are proposed to last 70 days. The first segment would be open from Sept. 14 - 29. The other segment will be set in August with the regular waterfowl seasons. King and clapper rails would have a daily bag limit of 15 with a possession limit of 45. Sora and Virginia rails would have a daily limit of 25 and possession limit totaling 75. Common and purple gallinules would have a daily bag limit of 15 and possession limit totaling 45.

Under the proposal, woodcock season would last 45 days from Dec. 18 - Jan. 31, statewide. A three-bird daily bag limit and a nine-bird possession limit would be allowed.

Snipe season will be set in August.

Shooting and hawking hours for dove, woodcock, rail, teal and gallinules are tentatively set for half an hour before sunrise to sunset, except for a 12 noon start time on the first day of dove season, Sept. 7, 2013.

Extended falconry mourning dove season would open from Sept. 16 - Oct. 2. Extended falconry woodcock season would open from Oct. 28 - Dec. 17 and will reopen from Feb. 1-11. The falconry daily bag limit would be three and possession limit of six birds for all permitted migratory game birds during the extended falconry and regular hunting seasons. Extended falconry seasons for ducks, rails and gallinules will be set in August with the waterfowl regulations.

Hunters are reminded that they must have a HIP permit to hunt migratory birds.  HIP permits are free and are available wherever hunting licenses are sold.

For more information, contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov.

 

 

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L.W.F.C. Issues Notices of Intent for 2014 Wild Turkey Season

Release Date: 07/02/2013

July 2, 2013 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission today issued notices of intent with the proposed 2014 wild turkey season and regulation changes.  The proposed season framework was presented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Wildlife Division at the Commission’s monthly meeting.  The public has 60 days to comment on the department’s recommendation.

If approved as presented, the 2014 wild turkey season would open March 22 in three designated areas with varying end of season dates as follows:  Area A, March 22 - April 20; Area B, March 22 - April 13; and Area C, March 22 - April 6 using the same geographic boundaries utilized in 2013 with the exception of a small portion of Area B within Caddo Parish to be closed.

The private lands youth and physically challenged hunter weekend would be set for March 15-16 in all designated areas, if approved as recommended.

Additionally, on USFWS-managed national wildlife refuges and US Army Corps of Engineer properties the following turkey hunting dates would be available:

* Bogue Chitto NWR, March 15-16 (youth), plus March 22 - April 13.

* Lake Ophelia NWR, March 15 (youth lottery), plus March 22 - April 6 (hunts end at 12 noon).

* Tensas NWR, March 15-16 (youth), plus March 22 - April 6.

* Upper Ouachita NWR, March 15 (youth lottery).

* Indian Bayou USACOE, March 15-16 (youth/physically challenged), plus March 22-23 and 29-30; all lottery hunts.

* Old River USACOE, March 22 - April 6.

Proposed turkey hunting dates on Kisatchie National Forest would include youth hunts on March 15-16 on the Caney, Calcasieu (except Forest Service / Vernon Unit lands within Ft. Polk/Vernon WMA) and Kisatchie Ranger Districts; and March 15 on Catahoula and Winn Ranger Districts. The regular turkey season within the Caney Ranger District would run from March 22 to April 6; and from March 22 to April 13 on all other Ranger Districts.

WMA turkey season and rule changes would include:

* Noting the name change of Three Rivers / Red River WMAs to Richard K. Yancey WMA

* Clarification of lottery hunt rules to allow youth to apply for both youth and regular lottery hunts

* Dropping the GPS requirement on Tunica Hills WMA

* Adding an open hunt on Pomme de Terre WMA from April 16-20

* Replacing two, 3-day lottery hunts on Union WMA with a 2-day lottery hunt March 29-30 and a 7-day open hunt March 31 to April 6 and youth lottery hunt weekend March 15-16

* Moving Sabine WMA’s first regular lottery hunt to March 28-30

* Dropping the second Pearl River WMA youth hunt

Public comments can be submitted by mail to Kenny Ribbeck, LDWF Wildlife Division, P. O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000, or email to kribbeck@wlf.la.gov through Sept. 5, 2013.

To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting season, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items. For more information, contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@wlf.la.gov .

 

 

 

 

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