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Oyster Task Force Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee to Meet

Release Date: 09/17/2015

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
September 17, 2015

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

 

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LDWF Opens New Kayak Launch Site

Release Date: 09/17/2015

(Sept. 17, 2015)  - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recently completed a boating access project on the Ben Lilly Conservation Area, upgrading the existing launch to improve accessibility for kayak and small boat users. 
 
Area improvements included upgrading the existing launch to a concrete boat ramp and construction of an access road and parking area. 
 
Kayaking enthusiasts have long launched their kayaks in the world’s longest bayou, Bayou Bartholomew, and these improvements will both enhance their experience and allow safe, accessible entry into the water,” explained LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “Maintaining and developing recreational boating and fishing access opportunities has been a top priority of our department.”
 
The new ramp is now available for public use during Chemin-A-Haut State Park’s standard operating hours. 
 
The Ben Lilly Conservation Area is a 247-tract on Bayou Bartholomew in Morehouse Parish. The acreage contains a variety of habitats including mature bottomland hardwoods and approximately three miles of frontage along Bayou Bartholomew, which contains the highest fish and mussel diversity in the state.

LDWF’s License to Win! Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Release Date: 09/16/2015

(Sept. 16, 2015) - As part of it’s first annual License to Win! promotion, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation awarded five lucky winners for its August saltwater license holder drawing. Winners drawn on September 1 include Sidney Brown, Haley Hester, Thomas Leonards, Arielle Lewis and Grant Wood.
 
The winners were among thousands of names entered when they purchased a 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing license.
 
The sweepstakes includes five monthly prize winners of a YETI Tundra 45 ice chest, Shimano Curado G-Loomis Combo or gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Texaco and Whole Foods Market.
 
The License to Win! sweepstakes encourages anglers to provide accurate contact information to participate in a survey (LA Creel) that helps LDWF manage their fishery. LA Creel is the data-gathering survey that allows LDWF biologists to manage our fisheries at localized levels across the state. The success of LA Creel will not only allow the Department to better manage fisheries, but will ultimately maximize the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers. 
 
This promotion has just begun, so visit your nearest license vendor or go online (www.wildlifelicense.com) to purchase your recreational saltwater license to be eligible for next month’s drawing. The department will continue to select five winners each month, and one lucky angler will take home the grand prize, a 22 foot bay boat, trailer and motor donated by Venice Marina, Mercury Outboards and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot.
 
Rules, photos and additional information can be found at http://www.fishla.org/license-win-sweepstakes/

Louisiana Crab Task Force Legislative Committee Meeting

Release Date: 09/16/2015

Louisiana Crab Task Force Legislative Committee Meeting
Pete Gerica, chairman
Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 12 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122
 
AGENDA
 
I.       Roll Call and Introduction of Guests
II.      Crab gear license requirement options
III.     Public Comment
IV.     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/3647430083272037378

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 09/16/2015

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting
Pete Gerica, chairman
Tuesday, September 22 ,1:00 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122
 
AGENDA
I.         Roll call and introduction of guests
II.        Approval of July 21 meeting minutes and September 22 agenda
III.       Financial Report
IV.       Old Business
            A.  Fishery management options - LDWF
            B.  Derelict crab trap dates and locations for 2015 - LDWF
V.       New Business
            A.  Legislative Committee Report
VI.      Public Comment
VII.     Set Next Meeting
VIII.    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/5502707521069838850

LDWF Announces Elmer's Island Road Closure

Release Date: 09/15/2015

The access road to Elmer's Island, a wildlife refuge owned and maintained by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, will close to the public Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25 for repair work. 
 
Vehicular traffic will resume once repairs are complete.

Elmer’s Island is a 230-acre tract of barrier beachfront located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish.
 

Boat Launch Improvement Completed on Little River WMA

Release Date: 09/15/2015

Sept. 15, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising WMA users that the boat launch at the Fish Creek camping area in Little River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is open again.  Improvements to the launch have been made to provide better access and safety.

Little River WMA is located in Grant Parish in central Louisiana approximately 8 miles north of Pollock. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2782 or contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .

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Louisiana Saltwater Series Regular Season Finale Set for Cypremort Point

Release Date: 09/15/2015

(Sept. 15, 2015) - The sixth and final regular-season redfish tournament of the 2015 Louisiana Saltwater Series is just around the corner, heading to Cypremort Point on Saturday.
 
Who:  Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
 
What:  Tag and release redfish fishing tournament
 
When:  Saturday, September 19, 2015
             5 to 6 a.m.  – Registration/Check-in/Boat checks
            6 a.m. – Captain’s meeting
            1:30 to 3:00 pm – Weigh-in
 
Where:  Quintana Landing, Cypremort Point, La.
 
Visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com for additional details and to register.  Registration is $200 per two-man team, with exceptions for youth entrants. The tournament series is 100% payout.
 

LDWF Announces Fishing Regulations Cover Photo Contest

Release Date: 09/10/2015

Your winning photo could be published on next year’s cover of the Louisiana Fishing Regulations
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is accepting photos for its Louisiana Fishing Regulations Cover Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover of the 2016 publication.
 
A judging panel composed of LDWF Fisheries staff will look for photos that best portray recreational fishing in Louisiana and will select and announce a winner in early November 2015. 
 
Photos not selected for the cover may still be featured on one of the Department’s social media channels or new recreational fishing website, www.FishLA.org.
 
Entries should be emailed to outreach@wlf.la.gov by midnight on Friday, October 16. Photos must be unedited digital images shot in Louisiana. Each submission (one photo per email) should be portrait (vertical) orientation, high resolution (a minimum of 1600 x 1000 pixels but no larger than 12 MB) and free of date stamps or other markings.
 
With all submissions, please include the photographer’s name, names of individuals in the photo, where the photo was taken, approximate date and contact information.
 
The Louisiana Fishing Regulations pamphlet is the state’s official publication for recreational fishing seasons dates, harvest limits and regulations. The guide is available online and in hard copy at LDWF offices and license vendors statewide.
 
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.

Cameron LNG $25,000 Donation Supports Whooping Crane Re-introduction Project

Release Date: 09/09/2015

Cameron LNG $25,000 Donation Supports Whooping Crane Re-introduction Project

(image)Left to right: Robert Barham, LDWF Secretary; Bob Love, LDWF CNR Division Administrator; Julie Nelson, Cameron LNG VP Government Relations and Public Affairs; and Stevie Trahan, Cameron LNG External Relations Manager. 

 

Cameron LNG $25,000 Donation Supports Whooping Crane Re-introduction Project

 

Sept. 9, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) have received a $25,000 donation from Cameron LNG in support of the department’s whooping crane reintroduction project.

 

In a Sept. 8 ceremony at Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier, Julie Nelson, vice president of government relations and public affairs for Cameron LNG, presented the check to LDWF Secretary Robert Barham and received a tour of the refuge where future juvenile crane releases are planned.

 

“I want to welcome our newest corporate sponsor in this wildlife endeavor,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “We appreciate the support from Cameron LNG as we strive to restore this magnificent species in the marshes of southwest Louisiana.”

 

The grant funding will provide for materials and supplies, including GPS transmitters, needed for crane re-introduction activities in and around Cameron Parish.  Previous releases have been made from LDWF’s White Lake Wetland Conservation Area. Project biologists track the cranes as they move throughout the state and establish territory for breeding.

 

“Cameron LNG is committed to environmental preservation and restoration,” said Nelson. “Our support for LDWF’s whooping project demonstrates our philosophy of developing energy infrastructure compatible with protecting the natural environment.”

 

The whooping crane, a very vulnerable species, was found in south Louisiana until their demise during the late 1800s and early 1900s when little conservation ethic was in existence and conversion of prairies and marsh lands to agriculture acreage became a trend. Since 2011, LDWF has soft released 60 isolation-reared, juvenile cranes provided by the US Geological Survey Research Center in Patuxent, Md., into rural southwest Louisiana, and 38 survive today.  Nesting pairs within that experimental population have produced the first eggs in the wild in over 70 years, but no fledglings have resulted as yet.

 

The recovery plan goal is for Louisiana to reach a subpopulation of 25-30 productive pairs, which translates to about 130 cranes in Louisiana. This process could take 15 to 20 more years. To learn more about Louisiana’s whooping crane population, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/information.

 

Supporting LDWF’s efforts, the Foundation has coordinated receipt and dispersal of grant funds for stewardship, public outreach and educational purposes. To contribute to the whooping crane project or any LDWF initiative, go to the LWFF website at http://lawff.org.

 

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