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LWF Commission Moves Forward With 2013 Crab Trap Removal Program

Release Date: 09/12/2012

Sept. 12, 2012- At last week’s Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting a motion was approved to continue the abandoned crab trap removal program for 2013. Two winter crab trap closures and clean-ups are planned for portions of Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes on designated dates in February and March next year.

Since 2004, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, together with individual volunteers and organizations, has successfully removed and disposed of over 22,200 abandoned and derelict crabs. The removal of these crab traps is especially important to boating safety and crab harvesting efforts. Last year, volunteer organizations and individual volunteers including members of the Coastal Conservation Association and Nature Conservancy as well as volunteers from LSU, Nicholls State, LUMCON, National Relief Network, NOAA Fisheries Service, St. Bernard Parish Government and commercial crab and shrimp fishermen contributed to the removal of nearly 2,800 crab traps from coastal waters.

LDWF will again partner with Louisiana Sea Grant for the 2013 crab trap removal efforts. As the 2013 removal weekends approach, Louisiana Sea Grant will help organize volunteers, provide educational outreach on marine debris, as well as establish a recycling effort for crab traps.

Plaquemines Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps will be prohibited in the following areas beginning at 6 a.m., February 16 through 6 a.m., February 25, 2013:

  • From a point originating along the eastern shore of the Mississippi River at 29 degrees 44 minutes 00 seconds north latitude; thence eastward along 29 degrees 44 minutes 00 seconds north latitude to 89 degrees 40 minutes 00 seconds west longitude; thence southward along 89 degrees 40 minutes 00 seconds west longitude to the eastern shore of the Mississippi River; thence northward along the eastern shore of the Mississippi River terminating at the point of beginning.

St.Bernard Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps will be prohibited in the following areas beginning at 6 a.m., March 9 through 6 a.m. March 18, 2013:

  • From a point originating from the intersection of the northwestern shore of Bayou Yscloskey and the southern shore of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet; thence northward to the southwestern shore of Shell Beach Cut; thence northward along the western shore of Shell Beach Cut to the southern shore of Lake Borgne; thence northward a distance of one-half mile from the southern shore of Lake Borgne; thence eastward and northward along a line extending one-half mile offshore along the southern and western shore of Lake Borgne to 29 degrees 58 minutes 00 seconds north latitude;thence eastward along 29 degrees 58 minutes 00 seconds north latitude to 89 degrees 22 minutes 00 seconds west longitude; thence southward along 89 degrees 22 minutes 00 seconds west longitude to the southern shoreline of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet; thence westward along the southern shoreline of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet to the eastern shore of Bayou La Loutre; thence southward along the eastern shore of Bayou La Loutre; thence westward along the southern shore of Bayou La Loutre to the western shore of Bayou Yscloskey; thence northward along the western shore of Bayou Yscloskey and terminating at the point of beginning.

All crab traps remaining in the closed area during the specified period will be considered abandoned.

In the weeks leading up to the closure periods, LDWF will send notices to all licensed recreational and commercial crab trap license holders and crab buyers within these and adjacent parishes.

These proposed trap removal regulations do not provide authorization for access to private property. Authorization to access private property can only be provided by individual landowners.

Crab traps may be removed only between one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Anyone may remove these abandoned crab traps from within the closed area. Abandoned traps must be brought to LDWF designated disposal sites and may not be taken from the closed area.

Since its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone. Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant Program, a network of 30 programs in each of the U.S. coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands.

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.

Written comments may be submitted to Martin Bourgeois, Marine Fisheries Biologist, Marine Fisheries Section, P.O. Box 189, Bourg, LA 70343, prior to November 1, 2013.

For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at (504)430-2623 or lwooderson@wlf.la.gov

 

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LDWF and Cabela’s Host “Women in the Wild” Hunting Basics Workshop

Release Date: 09/12/2012

Sept. 12, 2012  --The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), in conjunction with Cabela’s, presented the second annual Louisiana Women in the Wild-Hunting Basics Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge.

Twenty seven participants received a full day of instruction on the basics of hunting from LDWF Education Section staff members and Hunter Ed volunteer instructors.

The eight-hour workshop focused on wildlife conservation through our hunting heritage, types of hunting available in Louisiana, hunting opportunities on public land, safe hunting and firearm skills, scouting and blood trailing, rifle and shotgun shooting techniques, and archery.  In addition, tree stand safety and duck hunting demonstrations were provided, followed by a game cleaning session at the end of the day-long workshop.

The activities offered hands-on practice time for every participant and each one received complimentary outdoor items from Cabela’s. Sample wild game dishes were also provided for attendees at the end of the day, basically bringing the participants from classroom, to field, to table in their learning of basic hunting skills and enjoyment of wild game.

During the 2012-13 hunting season, workshop participants will be eligible to participate in deer or duck hunts that will be conducted on Tensas National Wildlife Refuge, Atchafalaya Delta WMA, or Pass-a-Loutre WMA. The program was established to develop new hunters by providing women the basic skills and confidence they need to venture afield and become active hunters with family and friends.

For more information on future workshops, contact Gene Cavalier at 985-882-9159 or gcavalier@wlf.la.gov, or Karen Crabtree at 318-766-8144 or kedwards@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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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LDWF Reopens Elm Hall WMA

Release Date: 09/12/2012

Sept. 12, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) today reopened for public use the Elm Hall Wildlife Management Area in Assumption Parish. The WMA had been closed prior to Hurricane Isaac’s landfall on Aug. 29.

LDWF’s Elmer’s Island (Jefferson Parish) remains closed until further notice. Storm impact assessment and beach cleaning operations are ongoing. 

For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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2012 White Lake W.C.A. Marsh and Rice Field Lottery Hunts Announced

Release Date: 09/12/2012

Sept. 12, 2012-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for 2012 marsh and rice field lottery waterfowl hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.

The available dates for rice field hunts are: Nov. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30; Dec. 1, 2, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 27, 28, 30 and 31; and Jan. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.

Marsh hunts are available on: Nov. 10, 11, 15, 19, and 25; Dec. 20, 22, 23 and 29; and Jan. 2 and 15.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and applications for both hunts must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, 2012.

Applications may be obtained by contacting any of LDWF's field offices or by visiting the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts.  Completed applications may be delivered in person to Room 422 of the LDWF Building in Baton Rouge, or by mail.  The mailing address is: La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries,  P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.  Please note on envelope: Attention: White Lake Marsh (or Rice Field) Lottery Hunt, whichever is applicable.

Each application will be assessed a non-refundable $5 administrative fee. Applications must be accompanied by a check or money order payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Successful applicants will be notified by mail.

Selected applicants will be allowed two guests for the rice field hunts and one guest for the marsh hunts. An additional payment of $225 will be required for the rice field hunts and $350 for the marsh hunts.

For more information on White Lake WCA marsh and rice field lottery waterfowl hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 or wsweeney@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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA Boat Launch Closed for Repair

Release Date: 09/11/2012

 

Sept. 11, 2012  – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed a boat launch at Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for repair. The launch, off LA 665 in Lafourche Parish, provides access into the St. Louis canal and the marsh north of the WMA’s Grand Bayou management units.

Dirt and limestone must be replaced in the parking area and ramp approaches to facilitate safe launching by the public. Repairs are scheduled to be completed for the Sept. 15 teal season opening. A privately owned and operated boat launch at the end of LA 665 is open and providing access to the marsh on the northern portion of the WMA.

For more information, contact LDWF’s New Iberia office at 337-373-0032.

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.

 

LDWF Reopens Pearl River WMA

Release Date: 09/11/2012

Sept. 11, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) today reopened for public use all acres within Pearl River Wildlife Management Area in St. Tammany Parish. The WMA had been partially reopened following Hurricane Isaac, but only those acres south of Interstate 10. Today’s opening provides for public access to that part of the WMA north of I-10, as well.

Access to the WMA via Old Highway 11, within the WMA, will remain closed however, until Thursday, Sept. 13. Floodwater levels still present unsafe conditions for the public on Old Highway 11 and repairs by LDWF staff are underway.

LDWF sites that remain closed until further notice include the following WMAs and refuges:  Elm Hall (Assumption Parish) and Elmer’s Island (Jefferson Parish). Storm impacts affecting vehicle access and debris removal are ongoing at sites still closed. 

For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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LDWF Agents Conclude Three Year Illegal Fish Sales Investigation

Release Date: 09/10/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Bridge City man on Sept. 9 for alleged commercial finfish violations.

Agents arrested and cited Yoan C. Hernandez, 26, of Bridge City after agents concluded a three year investigation into the illegal sale of red snapper.  Undercover agents with the department’s Special Investigation Unit bought a total of 655 pounds of illegal red snapper from Hernandez.

Agents cited Hernandez for six counts of violating individual reef fish quota allotment, three counts of selling fish without a wholesale/retail dealer permit, three counts of failing to maintain records, three counts of failing to fill out trip tickets and three counts of failing to report commercial fisheries data.

Violating individual reef fish quotas carries a fine up to $350 and up to 60 days in jail for each count.  Selling fish without a wholesale/retail dealer permit, failing to maintain records, failing to complete trip tickets and failing to report commercial fisheries data brings up to a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense and count.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young, Sgt. Kris Bourgeois, Sgt. Tim Fox, and Senior Agents Mitch Saunders, Jared Taylor, and Villere Reggio.

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

LDWF Reopens Maurepas Swamp WMA

Release Date: 09/10/2012

Sept. 10, 2012 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) today reopened Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area. The WMA, which contains acreage in Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes, had been closed in advance of Hurricane Isaac’s landfall.

Due to flood water still overtopping the road, the Hope Canal boat launch access road will remain closed until the water recedes and the road can be cleared of debris and is deemed safe for vehicular traffic.  Additionally, Maurepas Swamp WMA users are advised that local parishes have some waterways within and around the WMA closed at this time.  WMA users are advised to consult with the respective parish Sheriff’s Office to ensure the waterways they intend to traverse are open before attempting to utilize the WMA.

LDWF sites that remain closed until further notice include the following WMAs and refuges:  Elm Hall (Assumption Parish); Elmer’s Island (Jefferson Parish); and that part of Pearl River WMA north of I-10 in St. Tammany Parish. Storm impacts affecting vehicle access and debris removal are ongoing at sites still closed. 

For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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LDWF Reopening Three Wildlife Management Areas Sept. 8

Release Date: 09/07/2012

Sept. 7, 2012  -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will reopen Joyce, Manchac, and a portion of Pearl River wildlife management areas (WMAs) on Saturday, Sept. 8. All had been closed in advance of Hurricane Isaac’s landfall.

Due to flood water impacts preventing full site access, only that part of Pearl River WMA south of I-10 will be opened, until further notice.  Additionally, the Swamp Walk on Joyce WMA will remain closed until further notice. Within Manchac WMA, users are reminded that a portion of site known as “The Prairie” is designated as a Limited Access Area and internal combustion engines are not allowed from September through January. 

LDWF sites that remain closed until further notice include the following WMAs and refuges:  Elm Hall (Assumption Parish); Elmer’s Island (Jefferson Parish); and Maurepas Swamp (Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes). Habitat and facility damage assessments are ongoing at sites still closed to determine storm impacts. 

For more information on state WMAs, contact Christian Winslow in LDWF’s Hammond field office at 985-543-4781 or cwinslow@wlf.la.gov. For a complete list of state WMAs and refuges, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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LDWF Assessing Hurricane Isaac Impacts on Deer

Release Date: 09/06/2012

Sept. 7, 2012 --Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists are assessing the impact of Hurricane Isaac on the deer populations in parishes flooded by the storm.

Flood conditions created by Isaac’s heavy rainfall moved deer out of normal habitat and in some instances resulted in deer mortalities. Biologists are working to determine the overall effect on the deer herd within impacted areas of the state. Aerial, waterborne and ground surveys will continue throughout the month of September.

The data collected would be utilized by LDWF’s Deer Program manager to develop any recommendations for changes to the upcoming deer season.  Any recommendations for changes will be presented to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for consideration at the October 4, 2012 Commission meeting.

For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

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