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LDWF To Close Shrimp Season in Portions of State Inside Waters

Release Date: 12/14/2016

December 14, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the fall shrimp season will close in most state inside waters effective Monday, December 19, 2016, at official sunset.

Those waters that will close to shrimping include:

  • All state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line except for the following waters located east of the Mississippi River:
     
  • Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Orleans parish from the GIWW East Closure Sector Gate westward to the GIWW intersection with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2

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

  • Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Orleans parish from the GIWW East Closure Sector Gate westward to the GIWW intersection with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2
     
  • All state outside waters

For a map detailing today’s actions click here: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons

Existing data do not currently support shrimping closures in additional state inside or outside waters. However, historic data suggest additional closures may be needed in the near future and the department will continue monitoring shrimp populations in these waters.

Regulations state that the possession count on saltwater, white shrimp should average no more than 100 (whole shrimp) per pound, with the exception of October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no minimum count size.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission provided LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon with authority to close the fall inshore shrimp season when biological and technical data indicate the need. Recent sampling conducted by the LDWF biologists indicates the average white shrimp size in the waters to be closed is smaller than the minimum possession size limit. This action, which characteristically takes place at this time of year, is designed to protect small, white shrimp and provide opportunity for these populations to over-winter and grow to larger, more marketable sizes.

 

For more information, contact Jeff Marx at (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov .

Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will remain closed in Louisiana waters for the 2017 season

Release Date: 12/14/2016

December 14, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today that the season for recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will remain closed in Louisiana waters for all of the 2017 season. 

The recreational season was originally scheduled to re-open on January 1, 2017, however the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries announced that accountability measures are being enacted which led to a closure of the entire 2017 season in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  They requested that Louisiana state waters also remain closed for that period.

NOAA Fisheries has estimated that the annual recreational adjusted annual catch limit of 201,223 pounds for the Gulf of Mexico in 2016 has been exceeded by 221,213 pounds.  Federal accountability measures require a “payback” of previous season overharvest in the next fishing season for reef fish fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The 2017 recreational catch target had been set to be 217,100 pounds, which is less quota than the estimated overharvest during the 2016 season.  The closure of the entire 2017 recreational season is necessary due to payback provisions to maintain rebuilding of gray triggerfish, which are considered overfished in the Gulf of Mexico. 

LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in previously promulgated rules (LAC 76.VII.335.G.5) to change or modify the opening and closing dates for any recreational reef fish season in Louisiana waters when notified of a modification to a season by NOAA Fisheries.  

 

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance @wlf.la.gov.

RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER STATE SEASON TO CLOSE AT 11:59 P.M. DECEMBER 15, 2016

Release Date: 12/14/2016

RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER STATE SEASON TO CLOSE AT 11:59 P.M. DECEMBER 15, 2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced that the state recreational red snapper season will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2016. 

Preliminary estimates from the LA Creel survey indicate that the Department’s self-imposed harvest limit of 1,116,732 pounds of red snapper for the private and charter sectors of the recreational fishery has been harvested.  Closing the season in state waters avoids an overrun of the overall Gulf of Mexico recreational quota and allows the red snapper stock to continue rebuilding.  The season had previously re-opened, on weekends only, by action of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at its October 2016 meeting after LA Creel harvest data indicated there was remaining quota available for harvest.

The state red snapper season, which opened daily from January 8 through September 5 and October 7 through December 15 on weekends only (Friday through Sunday), allowed anglers an opportunity to harvest recreational red snapper for 272 days in Louisiana state waters.  

 

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. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF Agents Arrest Two With Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/14/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two Port Barre men on Dec. 12 in Pointe Coupee Parish.
 
Agents arrested Rikky Dodge, 22, and Dylan Richard, 22, for intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife, and for violating wildlife management area (WMA) regulations for deer hunting with a firearm and for possessing buckshot both during an archery only season.
 
Rikky Dodge was also charged with driving a vehicle with a suspended license, open container and failure to tag a deer.  Rikky Dodge also had an active warrant for his arrest out of St. Landry Parish for unauthorized entry into a dwelling.
 
Dylan Richard was also charged with hunting without basic hunting and big game licenses, hunting on a wma without a wma permit, and violating WMA regulations for failure to fill out a self-clearing permit.
 
Agents were on patrol on the Sherburne WMA and stopped a vehicle to perform a regulations inspection.  The driver, Dodge, informed agents that he and Richard were hog hunting.  While the agents searched the vehicle they found a dead doe deer hidden under some camouflage jackets on the back seat of Dodge’s truck.
 
The agents learned that Dodge and Richard went deer hunting using shotguns during an archery only season on the WMA.  They killed the doe and attempted to sneak it out of the WMA.  The agents also learned that Dodge had an active warrant for his arrest in St. Landry Parish with extradition and his current driver’s license was suspended.  They also found that Richard did not possess any hunting licenses for the 2016-2017 hunting season.
 
Agents booked both men in the Pointe Coupee Parish Detention Center.
 
Intentional concealment of wildlife brings a $900 to $950 fine and 120 days in jail.  Driving with a suspended license carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Violating WMA regulations for hunting with a firearm and possessing buckshot during an archery only season each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Failing to tag deer brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without basic season and big game hunting licenses, WMA permit and utilizing a WMA without a self-clearing permit each bring up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.
 
The men may also face civil restitution totaling $1,600 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Nicholas Guillory and Senior Agent Lucas Hidalgo.

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Three Men Arrested for Theft and Commercial Fishing Violations in St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 12/12/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents and the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested three men on Dec. 11 for allegedly selling stolen oysters among other commercial fishing violations.
 
Agents arrested Jerome Robin, 33, Daryl Robin, 32, and Richard Robin, 35, all of St. Bernard, for simple theft.  Jerome Robin was also cited for possession of untagged oysters, violations of the state’s health code for refrigeration and falsifying the log sheet on the vessel.  Richard Robin was also cited for selling seafood without a wholesale/retail dealer’s license.
 
Agents received a call from a private oyster lease holder about three men he hired to fish his oyster leases that were seen offloading nine sacks of his oysters without his permission.  The Robin’s loaded the stolen sacks of oysters into a minivan in Hopedale to fulfill orders they had taken on a social media St. Bernard group website.  The three men were also falsifying the log sheets to hide the stolen oyster sacks they were taking from the lease holder.
 
When the men were stopped by LDWF and the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division they were in possession of nine untagged and unrefrigerated oyster sacks.  When agents presented them with the evidence of the orders for the illegal sales they admitted to selling them without the lease holders permission.
 
All three men were booked in the St. Bernard Parish Jail.  Agents seized and destroyed the nine sacks of oysters because of the refrigeration and log book violations.
 
Simple theft carries up to a $1,000 fine and six months of jail.  Possession of untagged oysters, Department of Health and Hospitals refrigeration violation and operation of a vessel under suspension carries a max penalty of $750 for each offense and 120 days in jail.  Violations of the state’s sanitation code for the log book violation carries a $25 fine.
 
LDWF agents participating in the case are Lt. Adam Young and Senior Agent Blaine Wagner and St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Shane Lulei.

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Crab Task Force to Meet Tuesday December 13th

Release Date: 12/09/2016

                                                                             

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., Room 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

I.            Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

II.            Approval of September 20, 2016 minutes and December 13, 2016 agenda

III.             Financial Report

IV.           New Business

A.     Review of Gulf/ Atlantic State Recreational Regulations- Jeff Marx

B.     Discussion of New Regulations and 2017 Derelict Trap Cleanups

C.     Update on Audubon Gulf RFM Certification- Damon Morris

D.     Discussion of Biodegradable Panels and Derelict Crab Traps- Pete Gerica

E.     Discussion of Audubon Blue Crab Certification- Laura Picariello

 

      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/1854809424995592705

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.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup.

 

For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

Oyster Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 12/08/2016

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Monday, December 12, 2016, 1 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

I.Roll call and introduction of guests

II.Approval of November 7, 2016 Meeting Minutes and December 12, 2016 Agenda

III.Treasury Report

A.      Oyster Tag Sales

B.      LOTF Financial Report

  IV.         Committee Reports

A.      Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)

B.      Enforcement (Captain Chad Hebert)

C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.     Research (Earl Melancon)

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.      Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Lance Broussard)

H.     Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

J.      Aquaculture (John Supan)

    V.         New Business

A.To Hear a Presentation on the Louisiana Oyster Fishery Management Plan- LDWF Staff

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/3041195665487548929

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.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup.

Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Subcommittee to Meet

Release Date: 12/08/2016

Coastal Restoration Subcommittee

Monday, December 12, 2016, 10:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Call to Order

II.             To hear Presentation on CPRA Sediment Diversion Permitting Process and Coordination with Fisheries Representatives- Brad Barth

III.           Public Comment

IV.           Set next meeting

V.             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/7765432092178927361

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.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup.

For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

LDWF Announces 2017 Regional and State Tournaments for Archery in Louisiana Schools Season

Release Date: 12/06/2016

Dec. 6, 2016 – The Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) 2017 tournament season will feature two regional events in January and the state meet in March in Shreveport, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
The state meet will be held March 4 at the Shreveport Convention Center.
 
Two qualifying regionals will be held in January. The ALAS South Louisiana Regional will take place in Alexandria on Jan. 14 at the LSU Ag Center’s State Evacuation Center. The North Louisiana Regional will be held Jan. 21 at the Shreveport Convention Center.
 
The ALAS, administered by LDWF, is part of the National Archery in Schools Program, which teaches international target style archery to students in grades 4-12.
 
To register for the 2017 events, go to www.nasptournaments.org. Rules for the tournaments can be found at www.nasparchery.com.
 
Approximately 1,100 students from schools throughout Louisiana participated in the 2016 ALAS tournaments. Thanks to ALAS sponsors, more than $17,000 was awarded in scholarships. ALAS is looking to partner with Louisiana businesses and organizations to continue to support student archers. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact NASP state coordinator Robert Stroede at rstroede@wlf.la.gov or 318-484-2276.
 
The ALAS program is also seeking volunteers to assist with the 2017 ALAS tournaments. Volunteers don’t need previous experience but must be at least 16 and will view a training video prior to the event. Anyone interested in volunteering for any of the ALAS tournaments should contact southeast regional coordinator Jan McGovern at jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov or 985.543.4930.
 
The ALAS/NASP program is available to all schools in Louisiana and grants are available to assist with funding. For more information on the ALAS program, contact Robert Stroede at the number noted above.

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New group of prized Whooping Cranes arrive in Louisiana

Release Date: 12/02/2016

An LDWF biologist watches over a newly arrived whooping crane.
A whooping crane gets used to its surroundings.

Dec. 2, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries received the second of three shipments of Whooping Cranes this year on Thursday, Dec. 1, when a Windway Capitol Corporation jet landed at Abbeville Airport carrying 10 of the big birds from Patuxent Wildlife Research in Laurel, Md. 
 
LDWF staff transported the birds, each enclosed in individual ventilated boxes, to an awaiting trailer which took the whooping cranes to the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier.
 
Each bird was carefully removed from its box and inspected by LDWF veterinarian, Jim LaCour. After a brief examination, each bird was outfitted with color bands around its legs and either a VHF transmitter or satellite transmitter. Once the birds are released, the transmitters will be used by biologists to track their movements. 
 
The 10 birds were carried by LDWF personnel into a receiving area, a top-netted pen that is surrounded by a larger open netted pen, roughly an acre in size. 
 
There were four whooping cranes brought Rockefeller three weeks ago. The first group of four cranes were unloaded on November 9 and have since been released. The birds have remained near the area and even made an appearance as the newer juvenile birds were being placed into the pen Dec. 1. 
 
Another group of Whooping Cranes is scheduled to arrive in Louisiana shortly.
LDWF is nearly completed its sixth year of the non-experimental population of Louisiana Whooping Cranes. The Whooping Crane was considered extinct in 1950 in Louisiana. In 2011, the first shipment of Whooping Cranes arrived and were placed in a holding site White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area.
 
For more information visit: http://wlf.la.gov/wildlife/whooping-cranes
For B-roll click HERE
 
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. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

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