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L.D.W.F. News Release

LDWF Reopening Three Wildlife Management Areas Sept. 8

Release Date: 09/07/2012

Sept. 7, 2012  -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will reopen Joyce, Manchac, and a portion of Pearl River wildlife management areas (WMAs) on Saturday, Sept. 8. All had been closed in advance of Hurricane Isaac’s landfall.

Due to flood water impacts preventing full site access, only that part of Pearl River WMA south of I-10 will be opened, until further notice.  Additionally, the Swamp Walk on Joyce WMA will remain closed until further notice. Within Manchac WMA, users are reminded that a portion of site known as “The Prairie” is designated as a Limited Access Area and internal combustion engines are not allowed from September through January. 

LDWF sites that remain closed until further notice include the following WMAs and refuges:  Elm Hall (Assumption Parish); Elmer’s Island (Jefferson Parish); and Maurepas Swamp (Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes). Habitat and facility damage assessments are ongoing at sites still closed to determine storm impacts. 

For more information on state WMAs, contact Christian Winslow in LDWF’s Hammond field office at 985-543-4781 or cwinslow@wlf.la.gov. For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

LDWF Assessing Hurricane Isaac Impacts on Deer

Release Date: 09/06/2012

Sept. 7, 2012 --Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists are assessing the impact of Hurricane Isaac on the deer populations in parishes flooded by the storm.

Flood conditions created by Isaac’s heavy rainfall moved deer out of normal habitat and in some instances resulted in deer mortalities. Biologists are working to determine the overall effect on the deer herd within impacted areas of the state. Aerial, waterborne and ground surveys will continue throughout the month of September.

The data collected would be utilized by LDWF’s Deer Program manager to develop any recommendations for changes to the upcoming deer season.  Any recommendations for changes will be presented to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for consideration at the October 4, 2012 Commission meeting.

For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Calls Special Meeting

Release Date: 09/05/2012

Sept. 5, 2012 –The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will meet on Friday, September 7 at 9 a.m. in the LSPMB office located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 310 in New Orleans.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

I.Call to order and introduction of guests

II. Adoption of the Agenda

III. Hurricane Isaac Update

   A. Assessments and Crisis Communications

   B. Relief Efforts

IV. Media and Broadcast Advertising Proposal

V. Public comment

VI. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting is September 26, 2012

VII. Adjourn

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information please contact Ashley Roth at ashley@louisianaseafood.comor (504) 286-8735.

LDWF Closes a Portion of Coastal Waters Due to the Emergence of Oil on Adjacent Beaches

Release Date: 09/05/2012

LDWF Closes a Portion of Coastal Waters Due to the Emergence of Oil on Adjacent Beaches

(Sept. 5, 2012)– Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced an emergency closure of a portion of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches, effective September 4.  This action was taken in coordination with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, who will assist with the investigation to determine the extent, source, and impacts of the oil in the environment. 
The area affected by this emergency closure includes the portion of state outside waters seaward a distance of one mile from the shoreline from the eastern shore of Belle Pass at 90 degrees 13 minutes 30 seconds west longitude eastward to the western shore of Caminada Pass at 90 degrees 02 minutes 46.6 seconds west longitude.
The only fishing activity allowed in the closed area is recreational, rod and reel (hook and line) fishing for finfish.  The following activities are prohibited:

  • all commercial fishing
  • recreational harvest of shrimp, crabs and oysters

The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted. 
In addition to this closure, certain areas are 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 on the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.
For press inquiries regarding fisheries closures contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor (225) 765-2396.  For press inquiries regarding investigation of the presence of oil, contact Olivia Watkins at owatkins@la.gov or (225) 241-5707.

AMENDED Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 09/05/2012

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, September 6, 2012, in the Main Auditorium in the C.B. Pennington Jr Building (Conference Center) at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808.

The following items will be discussed:

 

1. Roll Call

 

2. Approval of Minutes of August 2, 2012

 

3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

 

4. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/August

 

5. To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on the 2013 Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program

 

6. To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on the Special Bait Dealer Permit Program

 

7. To receive and consider a Declaration of Emergency for Commercial and Recreational Fisheries Closure

 

8. Obtain public comment on 2013 Wild Turkey Season Notices of Intent

 

9. Set January Commission Meeting Date

 

10. Receive Public Comments

 

11. Adjournment

 

LDWF Postpones Opening of the WMA Lottery Alligator Season on Four WMAs

Release Date: 09/04/2012

Sept. 4, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is postponing the opening of the 2012 Wild Alligator Lottery Season on Pearl River, Joyce, Manchac and Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Areas due to continuing impacts from Hurricane Isaac.  The previously scheduled opening on Saturday, September 8, 2012 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

All alligator hunters are urged to verify that their selected buyer will be open to buy harvested alligators, prior to beginning any harvest effort.

For more information on alligator season on these WMAs, contact Christian Winslow in the Hammond Field Office at 985-543-4781 or cwinslow@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.

LDWF Closes a Portion of Coastal Waters Due to the Emergence of Oil on Adjacent Beaches

Release Date: 09/04/2012

LDWF Closes a Portion of Coastal Waters Due to the Emergence of Oil on Adjacent Beaches

(Sept. 4, 2012) – Effective immediately, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced an emergency closure of a portion of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches.  This action is taken in coordination with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, who will assist with the investigation to determine the extent, source, and impacts of the oil in the environment. 

The area affected by this emergency closure includes the portion of state outside waters seaward a distance of one mile from the shoreline from the eastern shore of Belle Pass at 90 degrees 13 minutes 30 seconds west longitude eastward to the western shore of Caminada Pass at 90 degrees 02 minutes 46.6 seconds west longitude.

All commercial and recreational fishing is prohibited within these waters except for recreational and charter boat angling.  The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted. 

In addition to this closure, certain areas are 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 on the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.

For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.

Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 09/04/2012

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, September 6, 2012, in the Main Auditorium in the C.B. Pennington Jr Building (Conference Center) at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808.

The following items will be discussed:

1. Roll Call

2. Approval of Minutes of August 2, 2012

3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/August

5. To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on the 2012 Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program

6. To receive and consider a Notice of Intent on the Special Bait Dealer Permit Program

7.Obtain public comment on 2013 Wild Turkey Season Notices of Intent

8.Set January Commission Meeting Date

9.Receive Public Comments

10. Adjournment

 

LDWF Reopening Lake Ramsey WMA Sept. 4

Release Date: 09/03/2012

 

Sept. 3, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will reopen Lake Ramsey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in St. Tammany Parish on Sept. 4. Lake Ramsey had been closed in advance of Hurricane Isaac’s landfall.

LDWF sites that remain closed until further notice include the following WMAs and refuges:  Elm Hall (Assumption Parish); Elmer’s Island (Jefferson Parish); Joyce (Tangipahoa Parish); Manchac (St. John the Baptist Parish); Maurepas Swamp (Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes); and Pearl River (St. Tammany Parish).

Habitat and facility damage assessments are ongoing at sites still closed to determine storm impacts.  

For more information on state WMAs, contact Kenny Ribbeck at 225-765-2346 or  kribbeck@wlf.la.gov. For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.

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.

 

LDWF Advises Residents to Remain Alert for Wildlife Displaced by Flooding

Release Date: 09/01/2012

 

Sept. 1, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is advising the public to be alert for wildlife species forced into populated areas by flood waters resulting from Hurricane Isaac.

Rising waters can move wildlife from flooded habitat into adjacent residential and commercial areas where they may come into contact with residents. LDWF urges citizens to minimize contact with animals while they seek temporary refuge from their flooded home range.

Wild animals not posing a threat to humans should be left alone and should not be fed. Feeding wild animals will encourage those animals to remain in the vicinity of a new food source when they should be allowed to find natural habitat and food sources on their own. Basic tips when encountering wildlife include:

  • Avoid areas where displaced wildlife has taken refuge.
  • Avoid interaction with and do not feed displaced wildlife.
  • Reduce vehicle speed on roadways near flooded areas to avoid collisions with wildlife fleeing floodwaters.

Alligators, Snakes: 
Flood waters will carry reptiles into populated areas where they may not normally be noted in significant numbers. Residents should exercise extreme caution when salvaging possessions from flooded areas. Wildlife, especially reptiles, may remain in flooded areas and pose a safety threat. 

Poisonous snake species in Louisiana include the canebrake rattlesnake, the copperhead, the cottonmouth, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the harlequin coral snake, the pygmy rattlesnake and the Texas coral snake. For more information on snake species found in Louisiana, including frequently asked questions, visit LDWF's website at this link: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/resource/snakes-louisiana.

Deer, Feral Hogs: 
Deer and feral hog populations represent the two large quadruped species that may appear in populated areas in significant numbers as flood waters move wild animals out of natural habitat. As is the case with all wild animals, how these species will react to humans in close contact situations is unpredictable. LDWF recommends allowing these species, when sighted individually or in groups, to move unimpeded through flooded areas as they seek higher ground.

Black Bears: 
The Louisiana black bear remains on the federal Threatened and Endangered Species List. Black bears are not common in the areas of the state impacted by Hurricane Issac flooding, but could be displaced from their preferred habitat by flooding.

For emergency situations involving alligators, black bears and deer that present an immediate threat to public safety, call 1-800-442-2511 for assistance. 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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