The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission’s (LEEC) mission is to create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that results in a literate citizenry who will make informed decisions to effectively solve existing problems, prevent new ones and maintain a sustainable environmental for future generations.
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is seeking presenters for the 2016 Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium, scheduled for February 19-20, 2015 at the Baton Rouge Marriott, 5500 Hilton Ave., Baton Rouge. The symposium is an annual event aimed at providing formal and non-formal environmental educators from Louisiana and the surrounding region with up-to-date environmental education information and techniques.
Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2015/2016 oyster seasons based on the annual oyster stock assessment provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments received from members of the public, including the oyster industry.
The following opening dates were set for the upcoming oyster season:
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - the Little Lake, Barataria Bay, Deep Lake, Lake Tambour, and Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds will open at one-half hour before sunrise. No harvest of oysters for market sales is allowed on any public oyster area prior to the second Monday in October. Therefore, any and all vessels harvesting on the open public oyster seed grounds between September 9, 2015 and October 11, 2015, both dates inclusive, shall be harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes only and shall not have sacks or other containers typically used to hold oysters on board the harvest vessel.
Monday, October 19, 2015 - all remaining public oyster seed grounds and reservations, including Lake Borgne, primary public grounds east of the Mississippi River, Bay Gardene, Hackberry Bay, Sister Lake, Lake Mechant, Lake Chien, Lake Felicity, and the Bay Long/American Bay sacking-only area will open at one-half hour before sunrise.
Sunday, November 1, 2015 - the oyster season in the west cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (DHH Harvest Area 30) will open at one-half hour before sunrise.
During the 2015/2016 open oyster season, the following provisions shall be in effect:
The take of oysters from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ Shellfish Harvest Area 2 (Mississippi Sound) shall be restricted to harvest for market sales only (sacking-only).
Any vessel from which any person(s) takes or attempts to take oysters from the public oyster seed grounds and reservations described above shall:
Be limited to a daily take and possession limit not to exceed 50 sacks of oysters per vessel, except for in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation where the limit shall not exceed 40 sacks per vessel, and except for in the West Cove of Calcasieu Lake where the daily limit shall not exceed 7 sacks of oysters and daily trips limited to 1 per person or per vessel per day. A sack of oysters for the purposes of this declaration of emergency shall be defined as the size described in R. S. 56:440. The daily take and possession limit shall not apply to vessels harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes. The possession limit shall not apply to vessels operating under a valid Oyster Cargo Vessel Permit.
Be limited to either harvesting market oysters for direct sale (sacking) or harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes on any one day and is specifically prohibited from doing both on the same day.
If any person on a vessel takes or attempts to take oysters from the public oyster seed grounds or reservations described above, all oysters contained on that vessel shall be deemed to have been taken from said seed ground or reservation from the time harvest begins until all oysters are off-loaded dockside.
The following areas shall remain closed for the 2015/2016-oyster season:
Bay Junop Public Oyster Seed Reservation
The east side of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (LDHH Harvest Area 29)
Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area
2014 cultch plant in Hackberry Bay within in the following coordinates:
Closure dates, adjustments in sack limits and/or sacking-only areas will be determined by LDWF Secretary Barham on an “as needed” basis, based on biological and harvest data, or if enforcement issues are encountered. The Secretary is also authorized by the Commission to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended, and to open public areas if substantial oyster resources are located.
Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.
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.
Submitted by rlebreton on Fri, 09/04/2015 - 8:37am
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is accepting proposals for day-long short courses to be held in conjunction with the 19th Annual Environmental Education State Symposium. This year’s conference will be held at the Baton Rouge Marriott, February 19-20, 2016.
All short courses will take place on Friday, February 19, 2016 in the Baton Rouge area. The theme for this conference will be “Exploring the Natural World.” It is not necessary for presenters to adhere to the theme, but short courses that complement the theme are encouraged.
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission has a mission to create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that will result in environmentally literate citizens who will effectively and constructively solve existing environmental problems, prevent new ones, and maintain a sustainable environment for future generations.