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L.D.W.F. News Release

LDWF Announces Closure of Oyster Season on All Public Oyster Areas East of the Mississippi River

Release Date: 01/30/2012

 

Jan. 30, 2012 –Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham signed an order to close the oyster season on all public oyster areas east of the Mississippi River.  These closures are to take effect at one-half hour after sunset on Thursday, February 2, 2012.

The areas are being closed to protect the resource, based on current harvest pressure and estimated low oyster stock size. 

All other details, rules and regulations of the 2011/2012 oyster season as established by previous actions of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and the LDWF Secretary remain in effect until further notice.

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.govor (225) 610-2363.

Agenda For Commission Meeting

Release Date: 01/30/2012

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 2, 2012, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

1.  Roll Call

2.  Approval of Minutes of January 5, 2012

3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4.   To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/January – Joey Broussard

5.  To receive and consider Notice of Intent on 2013 – 14 Hunting Season Dates  - Randy Myers

6.  To receive and consider Notice of Intent on General/WMA Hunting Regulations – Randy Myers

7.  To receive presentation of Current and Upcoming Inshore Reef Projects – David Cresson, CCA

8.To receive presentation of Annual Stock Assessment Report for Striped Mullet – Harry Blanchet

9. To consider Notice of Intent to Establish a Commercial Netting season on False River Lake – Rachel Walley

10. Set June 2012 Meeting Date

11. Receive Public Comments

12.  Executive Session to Discuss Prospective Litigation relative to return of Artificial Reef Fund Monies

13. Adjournment

 

 

Missing Body of Baton Rouge Man found on Bogue Chitto River

Release Date: 01/28/2012

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents found the body of a missing man on the Bogue Chitto River in St. Tammany Parish this morning, Jan. 28.

Agents recovered the body of William Holloway, 63, at 8 a.m. from the river around a mile in a half downriver from where they found his capsized vessel on Dec. 28, 2011.  Campers near the Bogue Chitto River alerted LDWF agents of Holloway’s body in the river this morning.  Search teams found his wife, Kathy Holloway, 61, on Jan. 12 about a quarter of a mile from the capsized vessel.

LDWF agents along with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office (STSO) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have searched for the couple since Dec. 28 when a passing boater on the Bogue Chitto found a capsized vessel at 10 a.m.  The last known contact the Holloways had was at 3 p.m. on Dec. 27.  The Holloways were camping on the Bogue Chitto NWR.

The 14-foot aluminum flat bottom boat was found about a mile from the boat launch at Lock No. 3 Road on the Pearl River Navigational Canal.  LDWF retrieved the boat and is investigating the cause of this boating incident.

Search crews deployed sonar technology to search the water, helicopters to search the surrounding land and banks, dragging equipment and search dogs.

Kathy and William’s bodies have been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for autopsy to determine official causes of death.

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

LDWF Announces 2012 Commercial Season For Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks

Release Date: 01/26/2012

January 26, 2012 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2012 commercial season for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks will open in Louisiana waters on February 15.  

In the spring, the commercial and recreational seasons for the harvest of all sharks in Louisiana waters will close from 12:01 a.m. April 1, 2012 until 12:01 p.m. July 1, 2012, due to an existing fixed closure to protect shark pupping.  

During the open season, commercial harvest of Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks and Pelagic Sharks are regulated by the existing federal and state rules regarding trip limits, allowable species and requirements for permits and landings.

The Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Shark group is composed of the great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse shark, blacktip shark, bull shark, lemon shark, silky shark, spinner shark and tiger shark.  While sandbar shark are a member of the Large Coastal Shark group, only specifically designated federally permitted vessels may take sandbar shark while operating under conditions of that permit. 

Commercial fishing for Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks remains open in Louisiana waters currently and will remain open until the federal quota is met.  The Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Shark group is composed of bonnethead shark, Atlantic sharpnose shark, blacknose shark and finetooth.  Last year the commercial fishing season for Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks remained open for all of 2011, as the quota was not met.

There is no allowable harvest at any time for all Prohibited Species.  Shark species falling in the category include Basking shark, white shark, bigeye sand tiger, sand tiger, whale shark, smalltooth sawfish, largetooth sawfish, Atlantic angel shark, Caribbean sharpnose shark, smalltail shark, bignose shark, Caribbean reef shark, dusky shark, Galapagos shark, narrowtooth shark, night shark, bigeye sixgill shark, bigeye thresher shark, longfin mako, sevengill shark and sixgill shark.

For more information contact Jason Adriance at (504)284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov. For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at (225)610-2363 or lwooderson@wlf.la.gov

 

Grassy Lake W.M.A. Bridge Closed

Release Date: 01/25/2012

Jan. 25, 2012-- The Fools Bay Bridge on Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Avoyelles Parish has been closed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) due to safety concerns.

Deteriorating bank conditions have resulted in damage to the pilings that support the western approach to the bridge. The bridge will be closed until necessary repairs are completed.

There is no alternative vehicle route at this time to the east side of Fools Bay. Attempts will be made to install a low water crossing on Fools Bay. However, recent and forecasted rainfall may delay installation of the crossing. Updates on the status of the bridge repair will be provided as progress is made.

For more information, contact LDWF Opelousas field office at 337-948-0255 or Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov.

2012 Dates Announced For White Lake Facilities Use By Groups Conducting Non-Consumptive Activities

Release Date: 01/24/2012

Jan. 24, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has designated selected dates between Feb. 7 and May 31, 2012 for public use of facilities at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA).

White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish. LDWF owns and manages lodge facilities and 71,000 acres of wetlands and marsh land. The lodge facilities, accessible only by water, will be available for day-use or overnight use at rental rates that vary based on level of services required by the group using the site. Boat transportation to and from the site will be provided as part of the day use and overnight use access for 2012 group use dates.

The facilities and landscape are ideal for birding groups, nature photographers, environmental or wetland ecology students, or small business retreats. LDWF can provide site staff for guided boat tours and biologists for lectures on the ecosystem within the conservation area, which now includes an experimental population of whooping cranes.

White Lake WCA and the surrounding Mermentau River Basin provide abundant habitat for a variety of avian and aquatic species. The property will seasonally have migrant passerine birds, shorebirds, wading birds, rails, gallinules, and the common moorhen. Hawks and owls are also common. Coastal terns and gulls use habitat contained on White Lake at times. Several large breeding rookeries of waders are present on the property. Access dates and fees for 2012 are as follows:

SCHEDULE FOR NON-CONSUMPTIVE ACTIVITIES AT WHITE LAKE WCA

Site use may be scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between Feb. 7 - May 31, 2012.

Site use will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis pending facility and staff availability, which will only accommodate 1 group per day/week.

Arrangements for site use must be made 2 weeks in advance to allow for staff scheduling.

FEE SCHEDULE FOR WHITE LAKE WCA FACILITY USE

Day Use (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

$300 - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings with no food or drink or additional services provided by LDWF. (For up to 15 people.)

$300 + $10/person - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks and bottled water provided. (For up to 15 people.)

$300 + $20/person - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and lunch provided. Lunch provided (for up to 15 people) will consist of a sandwich tray and chips or something similar. It will not include a hot lunch.

Exemptions from day-use Lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).

Overnight Use (arrive 2-4 p.m. day 1; depart 1 p.m. day 2)

$400 + $25/person/night --Includes overnight stay at Lodge with only linens provided.(For up to 12 people.)

$400 + $35/person/night -- Includes overnight stay at Lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and linens provided.  (For up to 12 people.)

$900 + $35/person/night -- Includes overnight stay at Lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water, meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) and linens provided. (For up to 12 people.)

Exemptions from overnight Lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).

SkeetRange(optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events)

$10/person/25 clay pigeons.

$15/person/25 clay pigeons, 25 shotgun shells provided.

Exemptions: Any persons using the skeet range at LDWF-sponsored events.

Boat Tours (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events)

$10/person/ride.  Limited to authorized function attendees.

Exemptions: Any state, local or federal agency working in cooperation with the LDWF on cooperative initiatives or universities/conservation organizations working with LDWF on cooperative research projects, or educational activities conducted in cooperation with LDWF.

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 facility use, visit the LDWF Web site at

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/white-lake-wetlands-non-consumptive-use, call 337-536-9400, e-mail Wayne Sweeney at wsweeney@wlf.la.gov or Carrie Salyers at csalyers@wlf.la.gov.

 

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White Lake Fishing Lottery Applications Available

Release Date: 01/24/2012

Jan. 24, 2012-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is now accepting applications for a lottery drawing for fishing permit access to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) between March 15 and Aug. 15, 2012.

A total of 100 permits will be issued following the lottery drawing and winning applicants will be notified of their opportunity to purchase a permit for $40.  White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish.

The area open for fishing will be limited to the Florence Canal and Oil Field Location canals off of the Florence Canal.  There will be no fishing in any of the WCA’s marsh areas or in the main camp canal or other areas that are marked "NO FISHING."  Successful applicants will be provided a map of the fishing area.  Boats used by permitees will be limited to the use of motors with 40 horsepower or less.  Additional rules and regulations are outlined in an attachment to the application.

Each completed application must include a non-refundable administrative fee of $5 in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  Only one application per person will be accepted, and submitting more than one application will be considered grounds for disqualification.  Completed applications must be received by LDWF by close of business on Feb. 23, 2012.

Applications may be mailed to: Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Fishing, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.  They may also be turned in to Room 422at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building, located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.  Persons interested in obtaining an application may call the department at 225-765-2812 or download a copy from the department’s Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/white-lake-wetlands-conservations-area .

For more informationon White Lake WCA, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov.

CORRECTION: Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet Thursday in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 01/23/2012

January 23, 2012 – The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force will meet this Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. in Baton Rouge at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters in Baton Rouge in the Louisiana Room. 

The agenda for Thursday’s meeting is as follows:

1.  Roll Call

2.  Discussion of LA 2012 Coastal Protection and Restoration MasterPlan

3.  Presentation on Louisiana Seafood Arena proposal by New Orleans Hornets, LSPMB

4.  Premium Seafood Certification Discussion

5.  Discussion of funds allocated to support the certification needs of the industry from money appropriated from 2010 legislation from LA Artificial Reef Fund

6.  Report on status of sea turtle lawsuit against NOAA and TED testing in LA

7.  Review 2009-10 STF recommendations  from “Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Report dated March 31, 2010”

8.  Shrimp Management

9.  Public Comment

10. Set next meeting date

11.  Adjourn

The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force was created by Act 606 of the Louisiana Legislature to study and monitor the shrimp industry and to make recommendations to the state.

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.

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet Thursday in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 01/23/2012

January 23, 2012 – The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force will meet this Thursday, January 26, 2012 in Baton Rouge at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters in Baton Rouge in the Louisiana Room. 

The agenda for Thursday’s meeting is as follows:

1.  Roll Call

2.  Discussion of LA 2012 Coastal Protection and Restoration MasterPlan

3.  Presentation on Louisiana Seafood Arena proposal by New Orleans Hornets, LSPMB

4.  Premium Seafood Certification Discussion

5.  Discussion of funds allocated to support the certification needs of the industry from money appropriated from 2010 legislation from LA Artificial Reef  Fund

6.  Report on status of sea turtle lawsuit against NOAA and TED testing in LA

7.  Review 2009-10 STF recommendations  from “Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Report dated March 31, 2010”

8.  Shrimp Management

9.  Public Comment

10. Set next meeting date

11. Adjourn

The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force was created by Act 606 of the Louisiana Legislature to study and monitor the shrimp industry and to make recommendations to the state.

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.

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

Bald Eagle Found Shot in Union Parish

Release Date: 01/23/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads for information about the shooting of a bald eagle north of Farmerville in Union Parish.

On Jan. 13, LDWF agents were notified by a motorist traveling along Louisiana Hwy. 15 near Goose Elkins Road about a wounded eagle walking beside the road.  Agents responded and found a bald eagle with an injury to its wing.

The eagle was recovered and transported to the Wildlife Hospital at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Veterinary School of Medicine in Baton Rouge where it was determined the eagle was shot in the wing.  The eagle had to have the tip of its right wing amputated and thus will not be able to fly.  After recovery, the eagle will be placed in a zoo or other wildlife sanctuary.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting of this eagle should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.

The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day.  Cash rewards up to $2,000 are offered for information leading to the apprehension of individuals harming a bald eagle.  Tipsters can also remain anonymous.

The bald eagle is protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

The LSU Wildlife Hospital works largely off of donations to offer veterinarian care to this bald eagle and other wildlife in need of care.  To make a donation to the Wildlife Hospital, please visit www.wildlife.lsu.edu/donations.shtml

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

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