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L.D.W.F. to Accept Public Bids for Lease Tracts at White Lake W.C.A.

Release Date: 06/08/2012

Agricultural and hunting leases up for competitive public bid summer 2012

June 8, 2012 – Two hunting and agricultural leases on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) will be open for competitive public bid in mid-summer 2012 and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be accepting bids through Aug. 15, 2012.

The surface leases for two tracts, one totaling 933 acres and one totaling 6,962 acres, will include agricultural property for rice and crawfish farming, plus hunting habitat for waterfowl, dove, rabbit, deer and alligator.

Public waterfowl hunts and lease revenues offset LDWF’s operational costs to maintain the White Lake WCA acreage and facilities which exceed $1 million annually. The department is also facing erosion abatement costs along the Intracoastal Waterway that must be addressed.

The bid packets for tracts E and G, detailing land use stipulations and minimum per acre lease costs, will be available June 8. Interested parties will have access to bid details online via the LDWF website or by mail upon request. Completed bid packages must be returned to LDWF by 10 a.m. on Aug. 15. Following review of all bids submitted, winning bids will be announced in September.

To review additional parcel details, bid forms and a draft lease, visit

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/whitelakeleases on the LDWF website. Anyone without access to the LDWF website can call 225-765-2812 or send a letter of request to:

White Lake Wetlands WCA Bid Process 2012
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P. O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000

Agricultural practices will also have to be maintained by those awarded leases in September. The term for all new leases will be approximately nine (9) years with annual lease payments required. LDWF’s public waterfowl hunts, including the annual youth hunt, lottery hunts and corporate hunts, will still be offered by the department on the White Lake property as they have been since 2005.

LDWF began management of White Lake Preserve in 2005 as part of a transition agreement entered into between White Lake Preservation, Inc., and the state of Louisiana, and approved by BP America Production.

The property, near Gueydan in Vermilion Parish, was donated to the state in 2002 by BP and the transfer of management authority was mandated by legislation passed during the 2004 session. The original donation framework granted management control to White Lake Preservation, Inc., a non-profit charitable entity overseen by a designated board. Legislative action, approved in Act 613, placed property management decision-making under the control of LDWF and a 10-member advisory board appointed by the governor.

To request a lease packet, please contact Tracy Mancuso at 225-765-2812 or tmancuso@wlf.la.gov. To obtain details about the bid process, contact Buddy Baker at 225-765-2812 or bbaker@wlf.la.gov. For all media inquiries, please contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

 

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Louisiana Saltwater Series Youth Fishing Festival Postponed

Release Date: 06/08/2012

June 8, 2012 – The Louisiana Saltwater Series Youth Fishing Festival, originally scheduled for tomorrow on Elmer's Island, has been postponed due to the threat of inclement weather. 

The event, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, has been rescheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

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 inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225)721-0489.

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Takes Action to Extend Louisiana State Waters

Release Date: 06/08/2012

June 8, 2012 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took the first bold move to extend state waters from three miles offshore to three marine leagues or approximately 10.357 miles. 

The commission approved this action based on Act 336 passed during the 2011 legislative session, which recognizes that the Louisiana gulfward boundary historically consists of three marine leagues and designates that boundary to be enforced by state law regarding the protection and restoration of coastal lands, waters and natural resources and regulation of activities affecting them.

“Today’s action by the commission supports what the governor, legislature and people of Louisiana want to see from our department,” said Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham.  “The bountiful resources that are native to Louisiana’s waters should be managed beyond the three mile boundary currently recognized by the federal regulatory body and this is a bold first step by Louisiana in claiming what is rightful ours.”

LDWF officials encourage fishermen to use caution and their own personal judgment when fishing beyond the three mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters, as it is fully expected that federal agents will continue to enforce federal law.  Until the time when the US Congress confirms Louisiana’s action today, the battle will continue over Louisiana’s state water boundary.

To view Act 336 in its entirety click here:  http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=760938

Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council Meeting Set for June 12

Release Date: 06/07/2012

The Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council will meet Thursday, June 12, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

The agenda for Thursday’s meeting in the Louisiana Room is as follows:

1.            Roll Call

2.            Approval of Minutes of March 15, 2012

3.            Welcome and Opening Comments from Chairman

4.            Enforcement Division Report: Lt. Col. Joey Broussard

5.            Legislative Update: Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne

6.            Office of Wildlife: Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Study Leader

                               Report on Three Zone Waterfowl Seasons

7.            Council Discussion of Stated Mission

8.            Set Next Meeting Date

9.            Receive Public Comments

10.          Adjournment

For more information, contact Bo Boehringer 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Notice of Intent on Yo-Yo and Trotline Regulations on Specified Lakes

Release Date: 06/07/2012

(June 7, 2012)– The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, during their monthly meeting today, approved a notice of intent to establish consistent regulations for the use of yo-yos and trotlines on Black Lake, Clear Lake, Prairie Lake, Caddo Lake, Chicot Lake, D’Arbonne Lake and Lake St. Joseph.

Concerns related to the use of yo-yos and trotlines have been voiced for years in some areas, with most complaints being very similar.  Untended gear interfered with the recreational efforts of other anglers.  Regulations, enacted through legislative action, addressed those concerns but were not consistent, thus creating angler confusion.

Recent legislative action rescinds the existing regulations on the previously mentioned water bodies.  This Notice of Intent will replace them with a uniform set of regulations.

Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule by August 7, 2012, to Mike Wood, Office of Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email at mwood@wlf.la.gov.

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 press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor (225) 765-2396.

L.W.F.C. Approves Three-Zone Framework for 2012-2015 Waterfowl Seasons

Release Date: 06/07/2012

L.W.F.C. Approves Three-Zone Framework for 2012-2015 Waterfowl Seasons

June 7, 2012  -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) today approved a three-zone framework for the 2012-2015 waterfowl seasons.

In a presentation prepared by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Waterfowl Program, the Commission heard data gathered during a recent survey conducted by the Department.  Hunter comments were collected via a mail-out and an on-line survey form.

Options presented included no change in the current two-zone configuration and two, three-zone options that offered different boundaries for a revised west zone layout. The previous west zone was divided to form a new coastal zone and a west zone.

Based on hunter preferences in survey data and the Department’s recommendation, the Commission approval created a third zone with a new boundary of La. Hwy. 106 from its junction with US Hwy. 167 west to Oakdale, then south from Oakdale on US Hwy. 165 to its junction with US Hwy. 190, then west on US Hwy. 190/La. Hwy. 12 to the Texas border.

The existing  zone boundary in northwest Louisiana between the east and west zones changes to US Hwy. 167 north from Jonesboro to the Arkansas border.

The season dates in  each zone for  the 2012-13 waterfowl season will be proposed at the July Commission meeting and approved  at the August  meeting.

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-2346 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.

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Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to Meet June 12

Release Date: 06/07/2012

The next meeting for the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12 in New Orleans at the UNO Advanced Technology 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 310.  The public is invited to attend

The agenda is below:

I. Call to order and introduction of guests

II. Adoption of the Agenda

III. Reading and approval of minutes from March 29, 2012

IV. Opening Remarks (Ewell Smith)

V. Nicholl’s State University (Dr. Stephen Hulbert, Dr. Marilyn Kilgen)

VI. Update on New Orleans Arena Naming Rights (Mark Cotter, The Food Group)
       A. Ratify existing sponsorship and final payment

VII. Reports
       A. Marketing/Sponsorship Committee Report
       B. Legislative Committee Report
            i. Recap of the 2012 Regular Session (Eric Sunstrom, Cole Garrett)
      C. Executive Director’s Report (Ewell Smith)
            i. Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for emergency preparedness
            ii. Strategic Marketing Plan

VIII. Treasurer’s Report through April 31, 2012
      A. EDRP Grant
      B. BP 3Q FY 2012 Report
      C. Finance Committee Report

IX. Old Business
      A. Seafood Marketing Campaign Update
           i. GCR (Dan Austin, GCR Consulting)
                 1. Louisiana Economic Development Mailers
                 2. Consumer and processor surveys
                 3. Food Truck Memos
          ii. The Food Group (Mark Cotter, The Food Group)
                 1. Tactics within the strategic framework
                 2. B2B Programs
                        a. Rules of Engagement (protocol)
                3. Update on existing task orders
                4. Proposed new projects
          iii. Graham Group (George Graham/Kathy Anderson, Graham Group)
                1. Tactics within the strategic framework
                2. Update on existing task orders
                3. Proposed new projects
     B. Brussels overview (Dexter Guillory)
     C. Bylaws (Kim Chauvin)
     D. Delcambre Direct (Dr. Jon Bell, Sea Grant)

X. New Business
    A. Protocol for industry use of artwork
    B. Call for marketing ideas from Board Members

XI. Board Member comments

XII. Next Scheduled Meeting is July 11, 2012

XIII. Adjourn

This meeting is being held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by La. R.S. 42:11, et seq.
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 more information please contact Ashley Roth at Ashley@louisianaseafood.com or (504) 286-8735.

L.D.W.F. Issues Reminder to Leave Young Deer (Fawns) Undisturbed

Release Date: 06/06/2012

June 6, 2012 --The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding people who encounter what appear to be abandoned young deer, alone in the outdoors, that those fawns should be left undisturbed.

Every year the department receives calls from concerned citizens who have found what they consider to be "abandoned" fawns. Well intentioned, concerned citizens sometimes bring fawns home and then call the department to retrieve and raise them. 

LDWF is alerting the public that it is against the law to capture young deer or any other wild animal.  If caught transporting or possessing wild deer without a permit, well meaning individuals may be subject to citations and fines. 

“Picking up fawns seriously diminishes their chance to live a normal and healthy life,” said Emile Leblanc, LDWF Wildlife Division biologist.  “When a fawnis born it is weak, awkward and unable to move well enough to feed and escape predators.  However, the newborn fawn has a coat of light brown hair liberally covered with white spots that provides excellent camouflage against predators.  The mother doe will remain in the area to feed and nurture the fawn.  When the young deer gets older and stronger it will be able to forage for food with its mother.”

When encountering fawns in the wild, simply leave them untouched and depart quietly from the area.  This action will provide the young deer its best chance to survive in the wild and prevent a possible citation for a well intended outdoorsman.

For more information, contact Emile LeBlanc at 225-765-2344 or eleblanc@wlf.la.gov.

 

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Three Cameron Men Cited for Illegal Shrimping on Cameron Prairie NWR

Release Date: 06/06/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three Cameron men for alleged fishing violations on May 29 on Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.

Agents cited Anthony G. Theriot, 36, Philip LeJeune Sr., 50, and Jerimie M. Pugh, 37, for taking and possessing game fish with illegal methods, leaving fishing nets unattended, blocking the passage of fish, taking shrimp with illegal gear and trawling at night.

Around 7:30 p.m. on May 29, LDWF agents observed a vessel traveling across the southern end of Calcasieu Lake before stopping in Grand Bayou where the subjects placed a shrimp trawl across the opening at the Grand Bayou water control structure.  Grand Bayou is located on the Cameron Prairie NWR in Cameron Parish.

With the aid of handheld thermal imaging systems, agents watched the subjects placing and running the trawl and emptying the shrimp into the vessel.  After the three men emptied their net they would leave the trawl and travel in to Calcasieu Lake to cull shrimp.

Around 10:15 p.m. agents made contact with the three men.  Agents seized 661 pounds of shrimp, two speckled trout, a 36 foot shrimp trawl and their vessel.

The three men may also facing federal charges through the U.S. Attorney’s Office for violating rules on a National Wildlife Refuge since this NWR does not allow commercial fishing activity nor night time fishing.

Taking and possessing game fish with illegal methods brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in prison.  Leaving nets unattended carries a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail.  Blocking the passage of fish and taking shrimp with illegal gear each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Trawling at night brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agent Carl Pickett, Sgt. Aaron Herpin, Sgt. David Sanford and Senior Agent Stuart Guillory.

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

Body of Missing Boater Recovered From Lake Pontchartrain

Release Date: 06/05/2012

Search crews found the body of a Slidell man shortly after 2 p.m. today, June 5, on Lake Pontchartrain.

The body of Isiah M. Tate, 21, was recovered by search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard and Sea Tow.

According to the three other passengers on the 21 foot boat, Tate fell overboard due to rough waters around 3:30 a.m. near the twin spans on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain south of Slidell.  The passengers said they were able to locate the missing boater in the water twice before he would disappear into the water again before they could make contact.

According to the passengers, Tate was not wearing a personal flotation device.  His body has been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.

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

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