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Cameron LNG $25,000 Donation Supports Whooping Crane Re-introduction Project

Release Date: 09/09/2015

Cameron LNG $25,000 Donation Supports Whooping Crane Re-introduction Project

(image)Left to right: Robert Barham, LDWF Secretary; Bob Love, LDWF CNR Division Administrator; Julie Nelson, Cameron LNG VP Government Relations and Public Affairs; and Stevie Trahan, Cameron LNG External Relations Manager. 

 

Cameron LNG $25,000 Donation Supports Whooping Crane Re-introduction Project

 

Sept. 9, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) have received a $25,000 donation from Cameron LNG in support of the department’s whooping crane reintroduction project.

 

In a Sept. 8 ceremony at Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier, Julie Nelson, vice president of government relations and public affairs for Cameron LNG, presented the check to LDWF Secretary Robert Barham and received a tour of the refuge where future juvenile crane releases are planned.

 

“I want to welcome our newest corporate sponsor in this wildlife endeavor,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “We appreciate the support from Cameron LNG as we strive to restore this magnificent species in the marshes of southwest Louisiana.”

 

The grant funding will provide for materials and supplies, including GPS transmitters, needed for crane re-introduction activities in and around Cameron Parish.  Previous releases have been made from LDWF’s White Lake Wetland Conservation Area. Project biologists track the cranes as they move throughout the state and establish territory for breeding.

 

“Cameron LNG is committed to environmental preservation and restoration,” said Nelson. “Our support for LDWF’s whooping project demonstrates our philosophy of developing energy infrastructure compatible with protecting the natural environment.”

 

The whooping crane, a very vulnerable species, was found in south Louisiana until their demise during the late 1800s and early 1900s when little conservation ethic was in existence and conversion of prairies and marsh lands to agriculture acreage became a trend. Since 2011, LDWF has soft released 60 isolation-reared, juvenile cranes provided by the US Geological Survey Research Center in Patuxent, Md., into rural southwest Louisiana, and 38 survive today.  Nesting pairs within that experimental population have produced the first eggs in the wild in over 70 years, but no fledglings have resulted as yet.

 

The recovery plan goal is for Louisiana to reach a subpopulation of 25-30 productive pairs, which translates to about 130 cranes in Louisiana. This process could take 15 to 20 more years. To learn more about Louisiana’s whooping crane population, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/information.

 

Supporting LDWF’s efforts, the Foundation has coordinated receipt and dispersal of grant funds for stewardship, public outreach and educational purposes. To contribute to the whooping crane project or any LDWF initiative, go to the LWFF website at http://lawff.org.

 

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Waterfowl Hunters Reminded that Motor Restrictions Are in Effect on Biloxi W.M.A.

Release Date: 09/09/2015

Sept. 9, 2015 – With teal season set to begin Sept. 12, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding waterfowl hunters that new motor restrictions are in effect on Biloxi Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

 

As approved by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in April, the WMA rules relative to watercraft allowed on Biloxi WMA now state: Mud boats or air cooled propulsion vessels can only be powered by straight shaft “long-tail” air-cooled, mud motors that are 25 total horsepower or less.  All other types of mud boats or air cooled propulsion vessels, including “surface-drive” boats are prohibited.

 

Biloxi WMA is located in upper St. Bernard Parish, approximately 40 miles east of New Orleans, and includes 42,747 acres. For more information on Biloxi WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/32647 or contact Shane Granier at 504-284-5269 or sgranier@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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L.W.F.C. Adopts Resolution to Rename Sicily Island Hills WMA for J. C. “Sonny” Gilbert

Release Date: 09/08/2015

Sept. 8, 2015 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a resolution at their Sept. 3 meeting to rename the Sicily Island Hills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for distinguished legislator, farmer and outdoorsman J. C. “Sonny” Gilbert.
 
Gilbert, now deceased, served three consecutive terms in the Louisiana State Senate from 1960 and 1972, and was elected to a single term in the House of Representatives in 1972. He also served on the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission from 1976 to 1982, and as chairman the last two years of that term.
  
A U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II, Gilbert was a Wisner High School graduate, attended Northeastern Junior College, now known as the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Louisiana State University.

 

The WMA consists of 7,524 acres located six miles west of Sicily Island, La. Major access routes to the WMA are La. Hwys. 8 and 915. The Boeuf and Ouachita Rivers provide boating access to the western portion of the area. For more information on the site, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2762 .

 
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. Visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information, contact Lowery Moak at 318-343-4044 or lmoak@wlf.la.gov .

 

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L.W.F.C. Defers Funding Allocations for Use of Breeding Waterfowl Habitat Conservation Funds Pending AG Opinion

Release Date: 09/04/2015

Sept 4, 2015
 
Contact: Bo Boehringer
Public Information
LDWF
(225) 765-5115
bboehringer@wlf.la.gov

 

L.W.F.C. Defers Funding Allocations for Use of Breeding Waterfowl Habitat Conservation Funds Pending AG Opinion
 
Sept. 4, 2015 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission heard a report at their Sept. 3 meeting from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) on three proposals from organizations seeking funding for breeding waterfowl habitat conservation.
 
After hearing Wildlife Division biologist evaluations, and two deadlocked votes on allocations, the Commission agreed to request an Attorney General’s opinion to interpret the language of the statute governing fund distribution.
 
Proposals from the United Prairie Foundation, Delta Waterfowl, and Ducks Unlimited were considered. The Commission voted 3 "for" and 3 "against" on motions presented on fund allocations.  The
Commission will revisit the funding proposals upon guidance from the AG’s office.
 
For more information contact: Paul Link at 225-765-2358 or plink@wlf.la.gov; or Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov; or Kenny Ribbeck at 225-765-2364 or lribbeck@wlf.la.gov .
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.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.

 

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Boat Launch Improvement on Little River WMA

Release Date: 09/04/2015

Sept 4, 2015
 
Contact: Bo Boehringer
Public Information
LDWF
(225) 765-5115
bboehringer@wlf.la.gov

 

Boat Launch Improvement on Little River WMA
 
Sept. 4, 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) will be closed from Sept. 8-11, 2015.  Improvements to the launch will be made during this time.  The camping area will remain open to the public.

Little River WMA is located in Grant Parish in central Louisiana approximately eight miles north of Pollock. For more information on the WMA, go to:
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2782 .
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.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.

 

 

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Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting Announced

Release Date: 09/04/2015

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

Mark Abraham, Chairman

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Monday, September 14, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.              Approval of April 1, 2015 meeting minutes and September 14, 2015 agenda

III.            Treasury Report

A.     Budget report-LDWF

i. Shrimp industry promotion opportunities

IV.            April 15, 2015 Marketing Committee Report

V.              Old Business

A.     Refrigeration grant program update-LDWF

B.     Sustainability Update-LDWF

VI.            New Business

A.     Revised sustainability pre-assessment- LDWF

B.     Ted testing in skimmer nets- Jeff Gearhart (NOAA)

C.     LDWF sea turtle monitoring project (trawling)-LDWF

D.     Setting shrimp seasons- Andrew Blanchard

VII.           Public Comment

VIII.         Set Next Meeting

IX.            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/6519115860687949569

Correction to Dove Season Shooting Hours for Pointe Aux Chenes WMA

Release Date: 09/03/2015

Sept. 3, 2015 – Correcting the daily end time for dove hunting for Pointe Aux Chenes Wildlife Management, as announced in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries press release of Sept. 1 for the 2015-16 dove season, the following end time is to be observed.
 
Shooting hours on Pointe Aux Chenes WMA: The shooting hours for dove on Pointe Aux Chenes WMA will be one-half hour before sunrise to noon on Sept. 5 opening day and for all dates within all splits on Pointe Aux Chenes WMA.
 
For additional public dove hunting opportunities on state wildlife management areas, go to the LDWF web list posted at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove .
 
For more information about public dove hunting opportunities, contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov .

 

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LDWF Plans Three Crab Trap Closures Along the Louisiana Coast

Release Date: 09/03/2015

News Release
 
For Immediate Release
September 3, 2015
 
Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

LDWF Plans Three Crab Trap Closures Along the Louisiana Coast
 
At today’s meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice of Intent that targets three different areas along Louisiana’s coast.  The first closure will take place in the eastern portion of Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Catherine and adjacent marshes and will begin at 6:00 am Friday, February 12, 2016 through 6:00 am February 21, 2016.  The second closure will take place in the upper Barataria basin centered near Lafitte and will begin at 6:00 am February 19, 2016 through 6:00 am February 28, 2016.  The last closure will take place in Sabine Lake to allow Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to conduct a cleanup of Sabine Lake.  In order to conduct the cleanup, both the Louisiana and Texas sides of Sabine Lake will be temporarily closed to the use of crab traps so staff and volunteers can conduct the cleanup without confusion. The Sabine Lake crab trap closure is scheduled to begin at 6:00 am February 19, 2016 through 6:00 am February 28, 2016.
Since 2004, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, together with individual volunteers and organizations, has successfully removed and disposed of over 24,645 abandoned and derelict crabs. The removal of these crab traps is especially important to boating safety and crab harvesting efforts. Last year, LDWF and Louisiana Sea Grant staff, volunteers, CCA and members of the recreational fishing community assisted in retrieving more than 400 abandoned crab traps.
 
To view maps of the closure locations visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/derelict-crab-trap-removal
 
Lake Pontchartrain Crab Trap Removal
The use of crab traps will be prohibited in the following area beginning at 6 a.m., February 12 through 6 a.m., February 21, 2016:

  • From a point originating from the intersection of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge and the southern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain; thence eastward along the southern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain to Chef Menteur Pass; thence southward along the western shoreline of Chef Menteur Pass to Lake Borgne; thence due south a distance of one-half mile from the Lake Borgne shoreline; thence eastward and then northward a distance of one-half mile from the Lake Borgne shoreline to a point due east of Catfish Point; thence northwesterly across Rigolets Pass to the southeastern most point of land on Hog Island; thence westward along the northern shoreline of Rigolets Pass to its intersection with U.S. Highway 90;  thence northward along U.S. Highway 90 to its intersection with U.S. Highway 190 (Fremaux Avenue); thence westerly along U.S. Highway 190 to Military Road; thence northward on Military road to U.S. Highway 190 (Gause Boulevard); thence westward on U.S. Highway 190 (Gause Boulevard) to Causeway Boulevard; thence southward along Causeway Boulevard and then the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge and terminating at its intersection with the southern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain.

 
Barataria Basin Crab Trap Removal
The use of crab traps will be prohibited in the following area beginning at 6 a.m., February 19 through 6 a.m., February 28, 2016:

  • From a point originating from the intersection of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the northern shoreline of Hero Canal; thence due north to a point along the northern shoreline of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway; thence southward and then westward along the northern shoreline of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to a point opposite the western shoreline of Bayou Perot; thence due south to the western shoreline of Bayou Perot; thence southward along the western shoreline of Bayou Perot to Little Lake; thence southward along the western shoreline of Little Lake to 29 degrees, 30 minutes, 00 seconds north latitude; thence eastward along 29 degrees, 30 minutes, 00 seconds north latitude to the eastern shoreline of Wilkinson Canal; thence northward along the eastern shoreline of Wilkinson Canal to its termination; thence due north to the western shore of the Mississippi River; thence northwestward along the western shore of the Mississippi River to a point due east of the northern shoreline of Hero Canal; thence due west to the northern shoreline of Hero Canal; thence westward along the northern shoreline of Hero Canal and terminating at its intersection with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Sabine Lake Crab Trap Removal
The use of crab traps will be prohibited in the following area beginning at 6 a.m., February 19 through 6 a.m., February 28, 2016:

  • From a point originating from the intersection of the southern side of LA Highway 82 and the eastern shore of Sabine Lake, thence north along the eastern shoreline of Sabine Lake to its intersection with East Pass, thence due north to Sabine Island, thence west along the southern shoreline of Sabine Island to its westward most point, thence due west to the Texas state line, thence south along the Louisiana / Texas state line to its intersection with LA Highway 82, thence east along the southern side of LA Highway 82 and terminating at its intersection with the eastern shore of Sabine Lake.  

All crab traps remaining in the closed area during the specified period will be considered abandoned.
In the weeks leading up to the closure, LDWF will mail notices to all licensed recreational and commercial crab trap license holders and crab buyers within affected parishes as well as non-resident licensed crab fishermen who fish Louisiana waters and reside in Texas.
These proposed trap removal regulations do not provide authorization for access to private property. Authorization to access private property can only be provided by individual landowners.
Crab traps may be removed only between one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Anyone may remove these abandoned crab traps from within the closed area. Abandoned traps must be brought to LDWF designated disposal sites and may not be taken from the closed area.
Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule to Mr. Jeffrey Marx, Marine Fisheries Biologist DCL-B, Marine Fisheries Section, 2415 Darnall Rd., New Iberia, LA 70560, or via e-mail to:  jmarx@wlf.la.gov prior to November 1, 2015.  

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.

 

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LDWF Announces New Crappie Regulations on Eagle Lake

Release Date: 09/02/2015

(Sept. 2, 2015) –The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has amended crappie regulations on Eagle Lake in Madison Parish to establish consistency with Mississippi, who borders the lake on the east.
 
Effective October 1, the new daily take and size regulations are 30 fish per person with an 11 inch minimum length limit. 
 
The Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Commission passed identical regulations, and the new rules will remain in effect for a four-year period.
 
After the four-year period, a crappie population stock assessment and angler opinion survey will be administered to determine future management. 
 
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 press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

L.D.W.F. Providing Public Dove Hunting Opportunities on Private Land Leases on Sept. 5 Opening Day

Release Date: 09/01/2015

Sept. 1, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will provide public dove hunting opportunities for the Sept. 5 season opening on leased private land in three parishes.
 
The 2015-16 dove season opens Saturday, Sept. 5 in the north and south zones and hunters have multiple options available. LDWF has leased private land in the following parishes for Sept. 5 only, from noon to sunset:
 
Beauregard Parish, DeRidder-500 acres harvested corn and milo:  Directions -- Take Hwy. 190 West from DeRidder.  The field is approximately 5 miles West of DeRidder on the south side of Hwy. 190, just past Hwy. 3226.  An LDWF sign will designate the check-in area.  Contact Kori Legleu at 337-491-2575 for more information.  Maps are available in the Lake Charles field office, 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA  70601, or on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove.
 
Jefferson Davis Parish, Roanoke-300 acres, harvested rice and partially plowed fallow fields that were planted in rice last year:  Directions -- Take I-10 to Exit 59 (Roanoke).  Drive north on Hwy 395, then turn west on Blanchard Rd.  Follow Blanchard Rd to Compton Rd.; field is located on southwest corner of Blanchard and Compton roads. An LDWF sign will designate the check-in area. Maps are available in the Lake Charles field office, 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA  70601, or on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove .
 
Jefferson Davis Parish, Elton-300 acres harvested rice and hay, and pasture with goatweed:  Directions -- From Hwy 190, drive south on Hwy 26 for 3 miles, then west on Dan Buller Rd.  From I-10, exit Hwy 26 Jennings and drive north for approximately 14 miles, then west on Dan Buller Rd.  Fields are located on the right approximately ½ mile from Hwy 26. An LDWF sign will designate the check-in area. Maps are available in the Lake Charles field office, 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA  70601, or on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove.
 
Tangipahoa Parish, Wilmer - 152 acres prepared native grass pasture:  Directions -- Take Route 10 to Wilmer then Hwy. 1061 North to Olon Bankston Road.  Check-in area will be on Olon Bankston Road.  Call 985-543-4777 for more information.  Maps will be available at LDWF’s Hammond field office, 42371 Phyllis Ann Dr., Hammond LA 70403, or on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove.
 
The following rules will apply to all leased fields:
 
1.  Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
2.  Shot larger than size 7 ½ is prohibited (size 7 ½ , 8, 9 are allowed)
3.  All trash - including shell hulls - must be picked-up.
4.  Only legal doves may be taken. Legal doves include: Mourning, White-winged, fully dressed Eurasian Collared and Ringed-turtle doves.
5.  All hunters must have a daily permit as well as appropriate hunting license with HIP certification; note, hunters under 16 years of age do not need HIP certification.  The daily permit is available at the field and will be issued on a first-come first-served basis.  HIP certifications are available from hunting license vendors.  If hunters have formed a line prior to the time permits are issued, permits will then be issued to those in line in order of arrival.
6.  There is a $10 fee per hunter, 16 years of age and older. Cash or check. Hunters under 16 will be admitted free, but they must check-in and have a permit.
7.  When a predetermined number of hunters are admitted, the field will be closed.  Additional hunters may be admitted when someone leaves the field and surrenders his/her permit.  Use of vehicles, including ATV’s, may be restricted and will vary from field to field.  Check with department personnel about restrictions when you check-in.
8.  These leased fields are open to the public Sept. 5 only.  Entrance at any other time is trespassing.
 
These leased fields have been made available through the cooperation of the landowners.  Future access to these fields and other private property is dependent on the conduct of the hunters using these fields.
 
For additional public dove hunting opportunities on state wildlife management areas, go to the LDWF web list posted at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove .
 
Shooting hours: The shooting hours during dove season are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset except for opening day of the first split on WMAs and LDWF leased fields where shooting hours will be 12 p.m. (noon) to sunset.  However, the shooting hours for dove on the Point Farm Unit at Pointe Aux Chenes WMA in Terrebonne Parish will be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset since all dove hunting hours for all dates within all splits end at noon on Pointe Aux Chenes WMA; and Elbow Slough WMA lottery hunt participants will also hunt from one-half hour before sunrise to 12:00 noon on Sept. 5 and 6.
 
All licensed hunters are reminded that the appropriate Louisiana hunting license with HIP certification is required to hunt doves on public and private land.  Those hunters who are ages 18 to 59 are also required to have a WMA Hunting Permit when hunting doves on WMAs.
 
For more information about public dove hunting opportunities, contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov .

 

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