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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Reopens Pearl River Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 02/17/2016

Feb. 17, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reopened the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in St. Tammany Parish on Wednesday (Feb. 17).
 
Flooding in the Pearl River forced the closure of the WMA on Saturday (Feb. 13) when the flood gauge reached 16.5 feet, an automatic benchmark for closure set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
 
The Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,618 acres, is located approximately six miles east of Slidell and approximately one mile east of Pearl River.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789 or contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards Reappoints Julie M. Hebert, Nathan D. Wall to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Release Date: 02/16/2016

Feb. 16, 2016 – Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the reappointment of Julie M. Hebert of Luling and Nathan D. Wall of Springfield to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
 
Hebert, a representative for the commercial fisheries and fur industries, owns Coastal Permitting, an environmental consulting group located in Luling. Hebert was born in Michigan and grew up on Diamond Lake in Cassopolis, Mich. She has been a Louisiana resident for 20 years.
 
Wall, a representative of the commercial fisheries and fur industries, is the CEO of Wall’s Gator Farm, Nathan Wall and Sons Alligator Consulting, Wall 2 Wall Alligator Farm, WG Alligator Farm and Wall’s Gator Farm II, all located in Springfield. Wall, a Louisiana and Springfield native, is also the CEO of Pinnacle Alligator Farm in Covington.
 
To see the complete release on Gov. Edwards’ appointments, go to http://gov.louisiana.gov/news/gov-edwards-announces-boards-and-commissions-appointments.

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Louisiana DHH has announced the reopening of Oyster Harvest Area 1

Release Date: 02/15/2016

 

(February 15, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has announced that oyster harvest area 1 on east side of the Mississippi River will reopen one-half hour prior to sunrise on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issued a molluscan shellfish closure order on December 11, 2015 for harvest areas 1 – 7 due to the presence of Karenia brevis (Red Tide).  Harvest area 5 was reopened on January 20th, areas 6 & 7 were reopened on January 13th and areas 2,3 and 4 were reopened on February 7th.  With this announcement, the last remaining closure, area 1, will be lifted tomorrow morning.

To view a map of the Louisiana oyster harvest area grids, 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 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.

 

Save the Date for 2016 Fisheries Summit

Release Date: 02/15/2016

(Feb. 15, 2016) - The fourth annual Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit will be held on March 1, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, La. This free event will run as an expo, with hands-on demonstrations running throughout the day.
 
Example demonstrations include:
·      Fisheries biology, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
·      Water chill, brine and plate freezing systems, LFF Quality Trailer
·      Seafood packaging, Louisiana State University AgCenter Food Incubator
·      Crab shedding & black spot research, Louisiana Sea Grant
·      Marine vessel stability, University of New Orleans
·      Nano ice machine, Louisiana Sea Grant
·      Turtle excluder devices, National Marine Fisheries Service/NOAA
·      Refrigeration repair, LeBlanc & Associates
 
Experts will cover important industry topics such as H2B visas, harbor of refuge, new U.S. Coast Guard regulations and an update on fisheries management and regulations. The expo will also feature a buyers’ panel to help fishermen learn ways to sell their catch; panelists will represent a variety of buyers, including a farmer’s market, direct sales program, grocery store and chef.
 
The Summit is part of the Louisiana Fisheries Forward initiative, a voluntary education program for the commercial seafood community. A collaboration of LDWF, Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter, LFF was established with the goal of improving the economic success and environmental sustainability of the commercial fishing industry.
 
Though free, participants should register online in advance at http://LaFisheriesForward.org/Summit to secure a seat and lunch ticket.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at http://www.wlf.la.gov or http://www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 
Since its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant (www.laseagrant.org) has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone. Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant College Program, a network of 33 university-based programs in each of the U.S. coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico.

Save the Date for 2016 Fisheries Summit

Release Date: 02/15/2016

(Feb. 15, 2016) - The fourth annual Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit will be held on March 1, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, La. This free event will run as an expo, with hands-on demonstrations running throughout the day.
 
Example demonstrations include:
·      Fisheries biology, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
·      Water chill, brine and plate freezing systems, LFF Quality Trailer
·      Seafood packaging, Louisiana State University AgCenter Food Incubator
·      Crab shedding & black spot research, Louisiana Sea Grant
·      Marine vessel stability, University of New Orleans
·      Nano ice machine, Louisiana Sea Grant
·      Turtle excluder devices, National Marine Fisheries Service/NOAA
·      Refrigeration repair, LeBlanc & Associates
 
Experts will cover important industry topics such as H2B visas, harbor of refuge, new U.S. Coast Guard regulations and an update on fisheries management and regulations. The expo will also feature a buyers’ panel to help fishermen learn ways to sell their catch; panelists will represent a variety of buyers, including a farmer’s market, direct sales program, grocery store and chef.
 
The Summit is part of the Louisiana Fisheries Forward initiative, a voluntary education program for the commercial seafood community. A collaboration of LDWF, Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter, LFF was established with the goal of improving the economic success and environmental sustainability of the commercial fishing industry.
 
Though free, participants should register online in advance at http://LaFisheriesForward.org/Summit to secure a seat and lunch ticket.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at http://www.wlf.la.gov or http://www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 
Since its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant (www.laseagrant.org) has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone. Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant College Program, a network of 33 university-based programs in each of the U.S. coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to Close Pearl River Wildlife Management Area Due to Flooding

Release Date: 02/12/2016

Feb. 12, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area in St. Tammany Parish when the Pearl River flood gauge reaches 16.5 feet on Saturday (Feb. 13). The closure is an automatic benchmark as set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
 
The gate at the entrance to the WMA on Old Hwy. 11 will be closed and locked when the flood gauge reaches 16.5 feet. Included in the closure is the Pearl River-Honey Island Shooting Range, located in the Pearl River WMA.
 
Increasing water levels in the Pearl River has caused backwater flooding in the WMA. Once the gauge goes below 16.5 feet, the WMA will reopen.
The Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,618 acres, is located approximately six miles east of Slidell and approximately one mile east of Pearl River.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789 or contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.

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Governor John Bel Edwards Appoints Charlie Melancon Secretary of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Release Date: 02/12/2016

Feb. 11, 2016 – Governor John Bel Edwards has appointed former Congressman Charlie Melancon, a native of Napoleonville, La., as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Secretary Melancon replaces Robert Barham who previously served as the Department’s Secretary since 2008.

Melancon’s chief duty as Secretary will be to manage, conserve and promote wise utilization of Louisiana's renewable fish and wildlife resources and their supporting habitats through replenishment, protection, enhancement, research, development and education for the social and economic benefit of current and future generations.

Secretary Melancon’s career in public service to Louisiana has spanned over three decades. He was elected to three terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives (1987-1993). Prior to his appointment as Secretary, Melancon was elected to serve three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Louisiana’s Third Congressional District (2006-2011). He is also the former President and General Manager of the American Sugar Cane League U.S.A. and Executive Director of the South Central Planning and Development Commission.

As a member of Congress, Secretary Melancon served on the Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Science and Budget committees. Melancon is best known for his role in coordinating the private and intergovernmental responses for disaster recovery and rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as well as the BP oil spill.  

Melancon grew up in Louisiana hunting and fishing.

“Some of my best memories as a child growing up in Louisiana come from learning how to hunt and fish from a family friend, Sonny Thibeaux,” said Melancon. “He instilled in me the importance of safety and the conservation of our resources.

“The charge that Governor Edwards gave me was to provide opportunities for, knowledge of and use and enjoyment of our resources, regardless of one’s socioeconomic status, making them equally available to every citizen of our sportsman’s paradise for generations to come.”

With seasoned and knowledgeable employees at LDWF, Melancon said, “I will rely heavily on the expertise of the dedicated employees within the department. I will look to the best available science and socioeconomic data when making regulatory decisions. As a member of the Science Committee in Congress, I came to the understanding that we have a better world because of science.”

Charlie and his wife, Peachy, reside in Baton Rouge and have two adult children. He holds a B.S. in Agriculture Business from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force Legislative Committee to Meet

Release Date: 02/11/2016

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Legislative Committee Meeting

Jakov Jurisic, Chairman

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 10 a.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans

AGENDA

I.             Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.            Severance Tax

III.           Vessel Permit Fees

IV.           Usage of Dedicated Funds in the Oyster Development Account

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/8992421091469846285

 

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’s Archery in Louisiana Schools Program Sees Perfect Score Shot in Regional Qualifying Tournament

Release Date: 02/11/2016

LDWF’s Archery in Louisiana Schools Program Sees Perfect Score Shot in Regional Qualifying Tournament

Feb. 11, 2016 – For the first time in Archery in Louisiana Schools program history, perfection was attained. Aidan Haire of Benton Middle School became the first competitor in an ALAS sanctioned event to record a perfect score of 300.
 
That came during the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) ALAS regional qualifying tournament in Shreveport. The past two weekends, 1,094 students from 44 schools across Louisiana competed in the regionals at Alexandria and Shreveport.
 
The next round will be the 2016 ALAS state tournament to be held March 4-5 in Alexandria at the LSU AgCenter’s State Evacuation Center on the LSUA campus.
 
Prior to Haire’s 300, the best ever score recorded in an ALAS tournament was 291. Haire joins exclusive company as one of only a handful of students to shoot a perfect score among the 15 million National Archery in Schools Program participants.
 
Students who finished in the top 10 in their division automatically qualified for the state tournament. Teams who finished first in their division also automatically qualified for the state event. The remainder of available positions will be filled based on team scores through tiered registration. Complete scores from both regionals can be found at www.nasptournaments.org.
 
“The 2016 ALAS state tournament is gearing up to be our biggest tournament,’’ ALAS state coordinator Robert Stroede said. “Not only will it be the largest ALAS tournament to date but will also feature the largest amount of scholarship money ever given away.’’
 
Thanks to LDWF sponsors, $17,500 in scholarships to student archers will be awarded.  Sponsorship donors include NASP, Central Louisiana Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), Louisiana Archery, Man Cave Archery, Louisiana National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and Y-Not Stop Stores.
 
The state tournament will also feature the first annual ALAS 3-D competition, which will mirror the NASP/IBO 3-D competition. A total of $2,500 in scholarships will be awarded to the top male and female shooters in the 3-D competition. A total of $15,000 in scholarships will be awarded to the top three male and female archers in the bullseye competition.
 
For additional information regarding the 2016 ALAS state tournament or the ALAS program contact Stroede at rstroede@wlf.la.gov or 318-484-2276 or find us on Facebook at Archery in Louisiana Schools.

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Some Roads in Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area Reopened

Release Date: 02/11/2016

Feb. 11, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has reopened some roads in the Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to all traffic, including Hunt Road and Muddy Bayou Road from Hunt Road to Nolan Bayou Road.
 
Sandy Bayou Road and Muddy Bayou Road from Deville Crossing to Nolan Bayou Road remain closed while repairs are made. However, users can access Sandy Bayou Road with ATVs and UTVs.
 
The road closures were forced because of flooding in the area.
  
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .

For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .

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