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Revised Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Regular Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 06/14/2013

June 19, 2013
10:00am
5th Floor Conference Room, Capitol Annex Building
1051 N. Third Street, Baton Rouge, La 70802

  1. Call to order and introduction of guests
  1. Opening Remarks by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne
  1. Approval of the May 15, 2013 Minutes
  1. Election of officers
    1. Vice Chairman/Chairman-elect
    2. Secretary-Treasurer
  1. Committee Appointments
  1. Legislative Update
    1. Technical By-law Revision
  1. Treasurer’s Report through May 31, 2013
    1. Adoption of Fiscal Year 2014 Budget
  1. BP Memorandum of Understanding
    1. Amendment to extend
    2. Adoption of BP Extended Budget
    3. Resolution authorizing Executive Director to enter into contracts
  1. Seafood Marketing Campaign
    1. GCR
    2. Newsroom Ink
    3. The Food Group
    4. Graham Group
  1. Public comment
  1. Next Regular Meeting is scheduled for August 14, 2013
  1. Adjourn

 

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Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Regular Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 06/14/2013

  1. Call to order and introduction of guests
  1. Opening Remarks by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne
  1. Approval of the May 15, 2013 Minutes
  1. Election of officers
    1. Vice Chairman/Chairman-elect
    2. Secretary-Treasurer
  1. Committee Appointments
  1. Legislative Update
    1. Technical By-law Revision
  1. Treasurer’s Report through May 31, 2013
    1. Adoption of Fiscal Year 2014 Budget
  1. BP Memorandum of Understanding
    1. Amendment to extend
    2. Adoption of BP Extended Budget
    3. Resolution authorizing Executive Director to enter into contracts
  1. Seafood Marketing Campaign
    1. GCR
    2. Newsroom Ink
    3. The Food Group
    4. Graham Group
  1. Public comment
  1. Next Regular Meeting is scheduled for August 14, 2013
  1. Adjourn
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LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 06/13/2013

(June 13, 2013) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will initiate a drawdown on Lake Bistineau within the coming week in its attempt to address the spread of giant salvinia, an invasive aquatic weed, which tends to proliferate as summertime temperatures increase. 

Based on a recent aerial survey, plant coverage currently exceeds 4,000 acres, creating the need for an immediate drawdown.

Most salvinia in Lake Bistineau is currently confined to the upper reaches of the impoundment by thick standing timber.  Floating boom material has also been deployed as a precautionary measure to prevent the plant from drifting downstream.  The boom also concentrates the plants, making herbicide applications more efficient.

The drawdown plans include a dewatering of 4 to 6 inches per day, not to exceed 7 feet below normal pool stage.  Following an initial drying period of 60 days, the control gates will be operated for minor water fluctuations to isolate additional salvinia plants.  The gates will be closed no later than November 30, 2013, to allow the lake to refill.

The lake will not be closed to fishing during the drawdown, but caution is advised of boaters during the low water period as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions. 

During the drawdown period, an estimated 8,000 acres of water will remain in the lake.  Boaters will be able to access the lake from the following public boat launches:  Port of Bistineau Launch, Bossier Public Launch, Grice’s and Bayou Dorcheat Public Launch.

For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Evan Thames, LDWF Biologist Manager, at (318) 371-5216 or ethames@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 at www.wlf.la.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 (225) 765-2396.

 

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Ferriday Man Arrested for Illegal Alligator and Drug Possession

Release Date: 06/11/2013

(June 11, 2013) - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Ferriday man on June 10 in Concordia Parish for illegal alligator and drug possession.

Agents arrested Michael P. Smith, 37, on four counts of possession of an alligator during a closed season, possession of crystal meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  Smith was booked into the Concordia Parish Jail.

Agents were patrolling the Old River levee in Ferriday and found Smith and his juvenile son walking up the levee.  After checking Smith, agents found an alligator head in a trash bag.  Agents then found a decapitated 10 foot alligator on the bank not far from where Smith and his son were located.

Agents and Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies were able to secure a search warrant to search Smith’s vehicle and residence.  Agents found one fresh alligator head in his vehicle and two fresh alligator heads in his residence.  During the search, agents also found crystal meth and drug paraphernalia in Smith’s house.

Possession of an alligator during a closed season brings up to a $400 to $950 fine and 120 days in jail for the first offense, up to a $750 to $950 fine and 180 days in jail for the second offense and between $1,000 to $5,000 in fines and 180 days to two years in jail for each subsequent offense.

Contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile carries up to a $500 fine and six months of jail.  Possession of crystal meth brings up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.  Possession of drug paraphernalia carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Participating in the case were LDWF Senior Agents Joseph Merrill and Robert Mayo and two CCSO deputies.

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

LDWF Investigating a Fatal Boating Crash Incident in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 06/11/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are investigating a boating crash incident between two vessels that occurred on June 10 in the Venice area in Plaquemines Parish.
 
LDWF agents received a distress call around 2:30 p.m. about two vessel collision between a 24 foot bay boat and a 28 foot oil field crew boat in Flat Boat Pass.
 
All three subjects from the bay boat were transferred to University Hospital in New Orleans.  The operator of the bay boat, Steven “Brad” Malcolm, 33, of Madisonville, died en route to the hospital.  Dennis Prince, 60, of Malvern, Ark., is in intensive care at University Hospital with severe head trauma.  Corey Prince, 34, of Fayetteville, Ark., was treated for an elbow laceration.
 
Tyler Scott, of Belle Chasse, was the operator of the crew vessel, and Lyrissa Demolle, of Venice, was the passenger.  Neither Scott nor Demolle were injured.
 
LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.
 
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.
 

 

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LDWF Reminds Offshore Anglers of Free Required Permit

Release Date: 06/10/2013

(June 10, 2013) – With the spring in full swing the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries takes this opportunity to remind anglers of the free, required offshore landing permit.  The permit is required for all anglers, including anglers not normally required to possess a recreational fishing license, possessing tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers and snappers (except gray snapper), and hinds.
 
As Louisiana continues to make the case for regional management and the extension of Louisiana’s red snapper season, it is more important now than ever that anglers provide LDWF biologists with this critical data that will only strengthen our fight. 
 
The permit is available at no cost to the public.
 
Get the Permit
 
To obtain a Recreational Offshore Landings Permit click here:  http://rolp.wlf.la.gov/Permit/Apply
 
Permit Reporting
 
Anglers who land yellowfin tuna must report that catch prior to offloading the catch.  Anglers may submit harvest reports via the website @rolp.wlf.la.gov, an iPhone or Android application, or by calling the toll-free reporting line at 877-792-3440.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant 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 Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.  For season and bag limit information, contact Jason Adriance at jadriance@wlf.la.gov or (504) 284-2032.

 

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Youth Anglers and Friends, Bobby Monsted, III, and Aaron Gelfand Winners of LASS Events This Weekend

Release Date: 06/10/2013

(June 10, 2013) - The fourth event of the Louisiana Saltwater Series Redfish Series was held at Port Fourchon Marina in Port Fourchon on Saturday.  Despite a week of afternoon thunderstorms and rising temperatures, typical of a Louisiana spring, 39 teams blasted off from Belle Pass in different directions in the hopes of landing two great redfish.  The catch and release format challenged anglers to catch a limit of two legal redfish using artificial lures only.
 
Many teams were eager to weigh in their fish caught on what turned out to be a clear and sunny day filled with great memories.  When the scales opened at 1 p.m., a steady stream of anglers lined up to see if their fish were large enough to contend for the top prize.  During the weigh in, anglers, friends and families enjoyed a jambalaya, fish and dessert lunch provided by Chris Moran and the staff of Port Fourchon Marina.
 
Friends Bobby Monsted, III, and Aaron Gelfand, both residents of New Orleans, have fished several events since the tournament’s inception.  Taking home top prize for the first time this year with a total weight of 15.38 pounds claimed them an opportunity to compete in the LASS Championship in October. 
 
In order to compete in the Championship, teams must either finish within payout in one of the qualifying events or compete in at least four of the six qualifying events. 
 
Anglers also took home Shimano sublimated jerseys, Shimano reel and tackle bags, a Stick-It Anchor Pin, annual memberships to SeaTow and a Frabill net.  These are just a few of the items from our great sponsors that are awarded to anglers as extra fish raffle prizes.  Teams are allowed to bring in extra fish in addition to their weigh-in fish to be entered into drawings for special prizes, with the number of entries determined by the number of extra fish brought in to be tagged.   Anglers were also treated to breakfast of donuts donated by Krispy Kreme, another one of our supportive sponsors.
 
The awards ceremony started with the recognition of the first place youth, Christopher McElveen, who also took home the first place youth win in the Lafitte Redfish Tournament. McElveen weighed in a beautiful 5.85 pound redfish at Saturday’s weigh-in.
 
The top finishing teams, taking home over $6,920 in cash prizes, include: 2nd place, Jacob Leininger and Jeff Rogers; 3rd place, Chris Kennedy and Steven Hooter; 4th place, brothers Gary and Gus Wilson; 5th place, Paul Dufrene and Curtis Duet; 6th place, Jack Johnson and David Naron; 7th place, Brandon Treadaway and Kevin Bergeron and for the team with the ‘smallest fish’, the team of Richard Ziegler, Sr. and Chris Barbot. 
 
A total of 71 redfish were tagged and released by Aquarium of the Americas staff as part of the Louisiana Marine Sport Fish Tagging Program, where anglers become citizen scientists for the agency, collecting invaluable data. 
 
Two live speckled trout and two live redfish were also tagged and released during weigh-in at the first Louisiana Saltwater Series youth event of 2013, held at Grand Isle State Park during the Department’s annual Free Fishing Weekend.  This was an opportunity for everyone including LASS Redfish Series anglers to bring their families with them to enjoy a fun filled weekend together.  Redfish series anglers Chad Carlton and Scott Guileyardo brought their families down for the weekend, and while they competed in the Redfish Tournament in Port Fourchon, the remainder of the family enjoyed the Fish Fest at Grand Isle State Park.
 
“What a great time with my boys!  From check-in to door prizes, we enjoyed every second.  I loved that my boys were able to participate in this event while my husband fished in the Redfish Series Tournament,” said Leslie Carlton.
 
There were 53 participants in the Youth Tournament at Grand Isle State Park.  The beautiful, sunny day was accompanied by calm surf that was perfect for fishing from the beach or even a little wade fishing. The children and their families enjoyed a day packed with fishing and fun, educational activities such as seining, cast netting, fish tagging, fish ageing, fish id, fish prints and minnow races. Anglers and their friends and families also enjoyed hot dogs sponsored by The Friends of Grand Isle. 
 
The next LASS event is a Redfish Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, June 29 in Delacroix at Sweetwater Marina. The next LASS youth event will be in November at Myrtle Grove Marina.  LASS will also be hosting its first ever kayak tournament in July of 2013. For complete information, including rules, regulations and registration go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com.
 
The Louisiana Saltwater Series is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana's wildlife and fish resources.   
 
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.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 

 

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Six Year Old Girl in Critical Condition after Boating Incident on Natalbany River

Release Date: 06/10/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents are investigating a boating incident that took place on the Natalbany River in Tangipahoa Parish on June 9.

Around 4:45 p.m. a 22 foot ski boat that had five passengers while towing a tube with two juveniles crashed into a tree along the bank of the Natalbany River.  The incident happened about three miles upstream from where the river merges with the Tickfaw River.

After receiving a call from dispatch, LDWF agents arrived on scene and immediately called for a helicopter to transport a six year old girl.  The six year old girl was in the boat at the time of the collision with the tree and suffered major head trauma and needed immediate attention.  The helicopter took the girl to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge where she is still listed in critical condition.

The operator of the vessel suffered a broken foot and the other five passengers were treated for minor injuries.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.  As standard procedure agents took blood from the operator to determine if the operator was impaired.  It takes up to four weeks to receive the blood test results from the lab.

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

REVISED Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Modify Black Bass Regulations in the Atchafalaya River Basin, Lake Verret, Lake Palourde Complex; Lake Fausse Point/Lake Dauterive Complex

Release Date: 06/06/2013

(June 6, 2013) – Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved the removal of the 14” minimum length limit on black bass in the Atchafalaya River Basin, Lake Verret, Lake Palourde Complex; Lake Fausse Point/Lake Dauterive Complex.  The new rule will go into effect on Thursday, June 20, 2013.
 
As a temporary transition measure, LDWF staff recommends a reduction in daily creel limit from 10 to 7 bass for a two-year period.  After the two years, black bass regulations on these waterbodies would be consistent with statewide regulations – no length limit with a 10 fish daily creel.
 
An extensive, three-year study examined the effectiveness of the regulation as a management tool.  Findings show the Atchafalaya Basin largemouth bass population does not exhibit necessary criteria for which a 14” minimum length limit would produce larger bass.  The study indicates that the basin bass population is more heavily influenced by environmental factors, including water fluctuation and the effects of tropical storms, rather than angler harvest.
 
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.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.
 

 

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Final 2013 Federal Red Snapper Season Set for Louisiana

Release Date: 06/06/2013

Four days added to Louisiana’s Federal Season
 
June 6, 2013 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries took official action to match the modified 2013 federal red snapper season.  The seven-day season will now last through June 29, at 12:01 a.m., with a two fish limit at 16-inch minimum total length.
 
Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the change to the federal season, as a result of a ruling by the U.S. District Court in Brownsville, Texas which set aside an emergency rule that would allow NOAA the authority to adjust seasons off each Gulf of Mexico state based on whether their state-water seasons and bag limits were consistent with federal regulations.
 
As a result of this court decision, the federal recreational red snapper season must be the same in federal waters off all five Gulf States. NOAA extended federal seasons off Louisiana, Texas and Florida. NOAA Fisheries projects the Gulf-wide federal recreational red snapper season can be 28 days long. Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will close to recreational red snapper harvest at 12:01 a.m., June 29, 2013.
 
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, whose office represented the state of Louisiana in U.S. District Court proceedings, said, "I am very pleased with the Court’s decision. NOAA’s new announcement of a 28-day federal Red Snapper season gives all Gulf Coast citizens an equal opportunity to fish for Red Snapper.”
 
The weekend-only Louisiana state red snapper season will resume following the completion of the federal season on June 29, with a bag and possession limit of three fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length.  A weekend is defined as a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the exception of Labor Day when Monday will be considered a weekend as well. 
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant 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 Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.
 

 

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