Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet Next Thursday in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 07/19/2012

(July 19, 2012) – The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force will meet next Thursday, July 26, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. in Baton Rouge at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters in Baton Rouge in the Louisiana Room.

The agenda for Thursday’s meeting is as follows:

I.  Roll Call

II.  Management Subcommittee Report

III.  Sustainability Subcommittee Report

IV.  LSPMB Update, Ewell Smith, LSPMB

V.  Discussion of 2012 Legislation Affecting the Shrimp Industry, Cole Garrett, LDWF

VI.  NOAA Fisheries Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to Reduce Incidental Bycatch and Mortality of Sea Turtles and Proposed Rule to Withdraw Alternative Tow Time Restrictions and Require TEDs in all Skimmer Nets, Butterfly Nets and Pusher-Head Trawls Rigged for Fishing; and NOAA Fisheries Observer and TED Testing Programs

VII. Update on Louisiana Seafood Certification Program, Rene LeBreton, LDWF

VIII.  Update on Seafood Certification Artificial Reef Fund/Gear Program Discussion, Jason Froeba, LDWF

IX.  Artificial Reef Program and Proposed Legislation Concerning “Reefing in Place,” Doug Peters, LDWF

X.  Discussion of the 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan in Relation to the Shrimp Industry

XI.  Public Comment

XII.  Other Business

XIII.  Set Next Meeting Date

XIV.  Adjourn

The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force was created by Act 606 of the Louisiana Legislature to study and monitor the shrimp industry and to make recommendations to the state.

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.

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information, please contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor (225) 765-2396.