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LDWF will be closed AT 1PM, Thursday March 10th, through Friday March 11th due to severe weather.

Release Date: 03/10/2016

Due to continued severe weather and flooding risk throughout the state, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is announcing the closure of all state government offices beginning Thursday, March 10, at 1 p.m. in the following parishes: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupée, St. Bernard, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

 

State offices in the following parishes remain closed Thursday: Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Jackson, Lincoln, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Union, Webster, West Carroll and Winn.

 

State offices in all 36 parishes listed above will remain closed through Friday, March 11.

 

State officials continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the state, and this announcement may be updated.

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LDWF and CPRA announce vehicle access restriction on Elmer’s Island for beach and dune restoration

Release Date: 03/10/2016

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

LDWF and CPRA announce vehicle access restriction on Elmer’s Island for beach and dune restoration

(March 10, 2016) – Access to the east side of Elmer’s Island will be restricted to foot traffic starting on March 21 as active construction continues on the largest coastal restoration project in state history, the Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration project. A parking area at the end of the access road will be available for visitors who would like to access the beach to the east by foot. Parking and pedestrian access areas will be marked accordingly. Areas to the west of the access road will remain closed to all visitors while restoration activities continue. Project construction is anticipated to continue through early fall.

 “We understand the inconvenience to fishermen and recreational users,” said Charlie Melancon, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. “However, once completed this restored beach will offer visitors a pristine recreational area for many years to come.”

The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is in the process of rebuilding the 13 mile stretch of beach and dune from Belle Pass eastward to Caminada Pass. The project is restoring approximately 800 acres of beach and dune habitat using more than 8.4 million cubic yards of sand barged in from Ship Shoal, a site 30 miles to the southeast in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The project is the largest coastal restoration project ever constructed by the CPRA with an investment of over $200 million.

“This barrier area is very important for protecting the port, the road and the homes just north of the beach and marsh,” said Johnny Bradberry, chairman of the CPRA Board and the executive assistant to the governor for all coastal activities. “This project urgently needs to be completed, and I appreciate the cooperation of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Mayor Camardelle and the public to ensure construction activities continue safely throughout the summer.”

To view a map of the area to be closed, click here.

For further information, contact Rene LeBreton at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov, 504-286-8745, or Chuck Perrodin CPRA public information director at (225) 342-7615.

 

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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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Closes Road at Russell Sage WMA Because of Flooding

Release Date: 03/10/2016

March 10, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed Main Road from Millhaven at I-20 to Ruby Road at Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA) because of high water brought on by flooding.
 
Increasing water levels in associated river systems has caused backwater flooding on this thoroughfare. Once the water recedes, traffic will be permitted.
 
Russell Sage WMA is located in Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Caldwell parishes and is approximately seven miles east of Monroe and 10 miles west of Rayville.
 
For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2777 or contact Lowrey Moak at 318-343-4044 or lmoak@wlf.la.gov.

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, USFWS Announce Recovery of Louisiana Black Bear

Release Date: 03/10/2016

Contact: Trey Iles
Public Information - LDWF
(225) 765-5115
riles@wlf.la.gov
 
 
TALLULAH, La. – After almost a quarter of a century of tireless work, collaborative research and private-public partnership, the Louisiana black bear joins an impressive Bayou State recovery list.
 
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charles Melancon jointly announced the bear is recovered and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to remove it from the list of species protected by the Endangered Species Act at Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge Thursday (March 10).
 
Service Director Dan Ashe, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Jewell and Melancon said the determination came because of a combination of partnerships with private landowners, conservation groups, universities and other federal agencies for about 24 years that led to more bears and more subpopulations of bears meeting recovering requirements.
 
At the same time, the Service released a post-delisting monitoring plan for the next seven years to help ensure the bear’s future remains secure. The delisting follows a comprehensive scientific review by the Service of the bear’s status.
 
“Growing up in the Sportsman’s Paradise, I’m proud to join in the announcement of the recovery of the Louisiana black bear,’’ Edwards said. “The resurrection of this iconic symbol of our nation and Louisiana shows the value of science and collaborative research.
 
"It also represents a commitment to conservation with so many willing partners from private landowners to state and federal agencies, universities and non-governmental organizations coming together to make sure the Louisiana black bear will be around for many generations to come.’’
 
“I want to commend our department staff for the tireless work they put in to make this become reality,’’ said Charlie Melancon, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. “It’s another success story for LDWF with recovering species. The Louisiana black bear joins a distinguished recovery list, which includes the American alligator, the bald eagle and the brown pelican. We will work toward making sure the black bear’s renaissance continues.’’
 
The Louisiana black bear is a subspecies of black bear unique to Louisiana, western Mississippi and eastern Texas. In 1902, it became part of American culture when, during a hunting trip near Onward, Miss., President Theodore Roosevelt spared one from his trophy collection. An editorial cartoon in The Washington Post relayed the story, sparking an idea from a Brooklyn candy store owner to create the “Teddy Bear.”
 
“I think President Theodore Roosevelt would have really enjoyed why we are gathered here today,” Jewell said Thursday. “Working together across private and public lands with so many partners embodies the conservation ethic he stood for when he established the National Wildlife Refuge System as part of the solution to address troubling trends for the nation’s wildlife at that time. As I said last spring when the proposal was announced, the Louisiana black bear is yet another success story for the Endangered Species Act.”
 
“Our partners have been incredible and our employees that dedicated much of their life’s work to this recovery have been equally incredible,” Ashe said.  “Led by Louisiana and former Secretary Robert Barham, our state partners in Texas and Mississippi and private landowners have been crucial to this success. The ESA, its flexibility, and many partners have ensured that 99 percent of the species protected by it are surviving, staving off extinction, and yes, in some cases, doing much better now.”
 
When the Louisiana black bear was listed under the ESA in 1992 due to habitat loss, reduced quality of remaining habitat and human-related mortality, the three known breeding subpopulations were confined to the bottomland hardwood forests of Louisiana in the Tensas, and Upper and Lower Atchafalaya River basins. Those original subpopulations have all increased in number and have stable to increasing growth rates. Additional breeding subpopulations are forming in Louisiana and Mississippi, providing a healthy long-term outlook for the species.
 
“It is gratifying to see the work put in by so many talented people at the LDWF and our conservation partners pay off,’’ said Randy Myers, Assistant Secretary for Wildlife at LDWF. “Part of the reason for this success story has been making sure habitat for not only the black bear but other species has flourished in Louisiana. We’ve seen that happen.’’
 
For almost 24 years, partners including the LDWF, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Tennessee, the Service, Black Bear Conservation Coalition and private landowners, have been working to address the threat of habitat loss in the bear’s range.
 
The partners conducted research into the status of the existing populations, established additional subpopulations, and protected or restored more than 750,000 acres of habitat. A large proportion of habitat-supporting and connecting breeding subpopulations has been protected and restored voluntarily through private landowner restoration efforts.  
 
The Service published a proposed delisting of the bear in May 2015 due to recovery after determining the recovery criteria, as defined in the 1995 Louisiana Black Bear Recovery Plan,­ have been met and the threats to the bear have been reduced or eliminated so it is not likely to become threatened with extinction now or within the foreseeable future. 
 
According to the plan, delisting would be considered when:
 
Long-term habitat protection is defined as having sufficient assurances that degradation is not likely to occur for at least 100 years.  These assurances rest heavily on voluntary conservation agreements with private landowners and public conservation agencies.
 
The ESA stipulates delisted species require monitoring for a minimum of five years but the bear will be monitored for seven years. The post-delisting monitoring plan, a joint effort of the LDWF and the Service, will ensure the population continues to thrive into the future under state management.

  • There are at least two long-term viable breeding bear subpopulations; one each in the Tensas and Atchafalaya River Basins;
  • Habitat that supports movement between the two required breeding subpopulations is assured; and
  • There is long-term protection of the habitat and interconnecting corridors that support the two required breeding populations.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov/southeast. Connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usfwssoutheast, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwssoutheast, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws, and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwssoutheast. For more information about the Louisiana black bear, go to www.fws.gov/southeast/wildlife/mammal/louisiana-black-bear/.
 
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. Visit our Louisiana black bear page at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/american-black-bear.
 
 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Gobble Up Prizes Contest Provides Turkey Hunters With Chances to Win

Release Date: 03/08/2016

March 8, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) wants all turkey hunters to validate their harvested turkey to support the department’s turkey program. During the 2016 turkey season, which begins this month, Louisiana turkey hunters have the added incentive provided by the Validate to Gobble Up Prizes contest.
 
Any hunter who validates his or her turkey tag information within seven days after harvest will be automatically entered for an end of season drawing for prizes.
The grand prize provided by Bowie Outfitters is a Mossberg Model 535 Triple Play 12 gauge shotgun. Additionally, two other winners will be selected to receive Louisiana lifetime hunting licenses provided by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. The lifetime license recipients will have the option of gifting their prize to a relative or friend if they already possess a lifetime license.
 
There are no entry forms to complete and no entry fees. Hunters need only validate each tag for each turkey harvested during the 2016 season, as required by Louisiana hunting regulations, and each validated tag equates to an entry in the prize drawing.
 
Turkey harvest validation, or reporting, provides parish-level data on the season harvest numbers, sex ratios and calendar information that illustrate trends in the state’s turkey harvest. That information plays a critical role in setting season lengths and bag limits. If harvest data is under-reported, LDWF biologists and managers cannot make accurate determinations on hunting success and turkey population parameters.
 
Prior to hunting wild turkeys, all turkey hunters, regardless of age or license status, must obtain turkey tags and have tags in possession when hunting turkey. Immediately upon harvesting a wild turkey, the hunter must tag the turkey with the appropriate license tag before it is moved from the site, and the hunter must document the harvest on the attached report card portion of the turkey tag license.
 
The hunter must record the date of harvest and the parish on the carcass tag. The tag must remain attached to the turkey while kept at camp, or while it is transported to the domicile of the hunter, or to a cold storage facility. Hunters who keep the carcass or meat at camp must also comply with the game possession tag regulations.
 
Additional rules and eligibility for the Validate to Gobble Up Prizes contest are available on the Department’s website; http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/validate-gobble-prizes-sweepstakes .
 
For more information, contact Cody Cedotal at ccedotal@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2354.

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LDWF Reminds Anglers of Several Items Prior to Fishing Offshore

Release Date: 03/05/2016

With great offshore weather approaching, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries takes this opportunity to remind anglers of a few important items:

 

1.   The state water boundary for Louisiana waters has been extended from three to nine nautical miles for reef fish management purposes.

2.   The daily limit for red snapper is 2 per person with a 16-inch minimum length (note: an error in the quick-reference guide of  our printed regulations indicated 3 per person – this is an error)

3.   The free, Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required for all anglers possessing tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers and snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin.  This does not apply to anglers under 16 years of age or anglers fishing on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit. Anglers wishing to obtain or renew a permit can register at https://rolp.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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Amends Proposed Notice of Intent for 2016-17 Hunting Seasons Rules and Regulations

Release Date: 03/05/2016

March 5, 2016 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted Thursday (March 3) to make several amendments to the proposed notice of intent for the 2016-17 hunting seasons, rules and regulations. 

The commission voted to alter the first split of duck hunting season in the West Zone, eliminating the final week of the initial split and moving that week to the end of the second split in January.

The first split for the West Zone will run from Nov. 12-27 with the second split set for Dec. 17-Jan. 29 and the youth hunts scheduled for Nov. 5 and Feb. 4.

The action came during Thursday’s monthly meeting in Alexandria.

The commission also voted for other amendments to the Notice of Intent, including:

  • Amending a section of the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations to allow mud boats and air-cooled propulsion engines after 2 p.m. from September through January in parts of the Pass-a-Loutre WMA, including South Pass, Pass-a-Loutre, Southeast Pass, Loomis Pass, Dennis Pass and Cadro Pass.
  • Amending the 2016-17 Canada Goose season to open Nov. 5 for the first split in both the north and south zones. Both zones will close on Dec. 4 for the first split.
  • Allowing the use of dogs for the harvest of feral hogs in a portion of Dewey W. Wills WMA north of the Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal during the month of February.

To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items .

Public comment will be accepted from now through April 6 and may be submitted directly to Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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LWF Commission Establishes Management Reference Points for Selected Saltwater Finfish

Release Date: 03/03/2016

(March 3, 2016) – Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action on a Notice of Intent to establish management reference points for black drum, sheepshead and southern flounder as authorized through Act 205 of the 2015 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature. 

A management target is defined as a fishing rate, biomass level or other fishery metric indicating stocks are sustainably fished. Management targets were developed from each stock’s history based on the most recent stock assessments for each species.

If an assessment indicates that current regulations do not meet or not likely to meet the established goals for a stock, the Department will provide management options to the LWF Commission for consideration.

To view the full notice of intent or for species-specific data, please visit here.

Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Jason Adriance, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email to jadriance@wlf.la.gov prior to May 5, 2016.

 

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.

Agenda for March Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 02/29/2016

Live Audio/Video stream of this meeting is available via GotoWebinar.com.  

Please register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6617274765261766660

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 
 

*Please note the start time and location for the March Commission meeting (in Red)

 

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission March Meeting

10:30AM  Rapides Parish Government Building   

   701 Murray St. Alexandria, LA  71309

March 3, 2016

 

 

AGENDA:

 

1.    Call to Order       

2.    Roll Call

3.    Approval of Minutes from February 04, 2016 Meeting

4.    Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege       

5.    To hear Enforcement Reports February 2016    

6.    To Present the 2015 Shikar Safari Club International Enforcement Agent of the

Year Award

7.    To Present the Enforcement Waterfowl Officer of the Year Award                          

8.    To consider a Declaration of Emergency to continue the suspension of entry into the Louisiana Fisheries Forward Program for the Commercial Crab Industry

9.    To consider a Notice of Intent establishing the management targets for selected Finfish species

10.  To hear an update on comments regarding the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 General and WMA Hunting Seasons and Rules and Regulations, 2017 General and WMA Turkey Hunting Season and Rules and Regulations, and 2016-2017 Migratory Birds Regulations, Seasons, and Bag Limits Notice of Intent and to Consider any amendments thereto

11.  To hear an update on the Game and Fish Preserves’ governing authorities contacts

12.  Set July 2016 Meeting Date

13.  Receive Public Comments

14.  Adjournment  

 

Live Audio/Video stream available via GotoWebinar.com.  

Please register at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6617274765261766660

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

 

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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Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet 2-2-16

Release Date: 02/29/2016

 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210

New Orleans, LA

 

AGENDA:

 

1.     Roll Call of Board Members

2.     Approval of Minutes from February 2, 2016 Meeting

3.     Hearing of Deferred Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Myron Prosperie

4.     Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Aaron Tillman

b.     Gary Barthelemy

5.     Update on Recommendations Made at February 2, 2016 Meeting

6.     Receive Public Comments

7.     Set next meeting date

8.     Adjournment

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.

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.

For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov

 

 

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