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Oyster Task Force Aquaculture Committee to Meet January 17

Release Date: 01/16/2019

Oyster Task Force Aquaculture Committee

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 10:00 A.M.

Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

AGENDA

I.    Call to Order

II.    Pledge of Allegiance

III.   Introductions

IV.   Adopt the Agenda

V.    Discussion of the Oyster Aquaculture Subcommittee Mission Statement

VI.   Discussion of LDH and LDWF Enforcement as it Pertains to AOC

VII.  Presentation on the Goals of the Oyster South Group

VIII. Public Comment

IX.   Set Next Meeting

X.    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/5249164564541735683

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. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup. For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

 

Catch a Rainbow Trout, Right Here in Louisiana

Release Date: 01/15/2019

Catch a Rainbow Trout, Right Here in Louisiana  Grab your fishing gear and bring your friends and family to a nearby Get Out and

 

Grab your fishing gear and bring your friends and family to a nearby Get Out and Fish! pond for the opportunity to catch a fish you don’t land every day. Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries stocked ten water bodies with adult-size rainbow trout, ranging from 1 to 2 pounds, making a perfect stringer for dinner.

Now is the only time of year our Get Out and Fish! sites will be stocked with rainbow trout, so do not miss this unique opportunity to land one, right here in Louisiana. Rainbow trout are native to rivers and lakes in western North America; yet, due to their popularity, these fish have been introduced throughout the United States through stocking efforts. When water temperatures are cool during winter months, our ponds and lakes can support the cold-water fish.  

Anglers 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license to try their hand at catching this tricky species.

For additional program and stocking information, follow us on Facebook @ldwfgetoutandfish or visit our program website.  2019 event dates and locations will be available soon. Video footage of today’s stocking is available here.

Get Out and Fish! pond stockings are funded by the Sport Fish Restoration Fund, a USFWS grant program that provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for fishery projects, boating access and aquatic education.

Get Out and Fish! is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.

For more information, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2375. 

Smith Bay Road in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area Closed Due to Flooding

Release Date: 01/14/2019

Jan. 14, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed Smith Bay Road in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding. Cas-cas Road remains closed and more roads in the WMA may be closed.
 
These road closures are deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent road damage. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen those roads when deemed safe for travel. 
 
Grassy Lake WMA is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville, Louisiana.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-735-8682 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-735-8683 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

Shop Road Reopened on Russell Sage WMA; Main Road Still Partially Closed

Release Date: 01/14/2019

Jan. 14, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has reopened Shop Road on Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to vehicle traffic. However, Main Road is still partially closed 2.2 miles from Millhaven exit due to severe washouts in the road.
 
Access to the Pump Trail is available from Ruby Road entrance.

Russell Sage WMA consists of 38,213 acres in Ouachita Parish and is located about seven miles east of Monroe and 10 miles west of Rayville. For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2777.
 
For more information, contact Mitch McGee at 318-343-4044 or mmcgee@wlf.la.gov .
 

LDWF Announces Additional Road Closures in Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 01/14/2019

Jan. 14, 2019 -  Several roads have been closed at the Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) due to flooding, including Lac a Sostein Road, Ross Road and Hogpen Road, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
These are in addition to the roads that have been previously closed, including Catfish Bayou Road, Blount Road, Dobbs Bay Road, Union Point Road, Lincecum Road, Blackhawk Road and Blackhawk Boat Launch.
 
In addition, some ATV trials remain closed, including Jacks Bayou Trail, Blackhawk Trail, Dobbs Bay Trail, Catfish Bayou Trail, Twin Lakes Trail, Red Shirt Trail, Icebox Trail, Everett Lake Trail, Patton Lake Drain Trail, Chaney Lake Trail and the Catfish Bayou and Patton Lake Handicap Trails.
 
These closures are deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent road damage. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen those thoroughfares when it is determined they are safe for travel. 

 
Richard K. Yancey WMA is located approximately 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Highway 15 in lower Concordia Parish.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/36994 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-735-8682 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-735-8683 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

Shrimp Task Force Nomination Subcommittee to Meet January 16 at 9:00 a.m.

Release Date: 01/11/2019

Shrimp Task Force Nomination Subcommittee Meeting

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main St. Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

 

I.                  Call to Order

II.                 Discussion of Shrimp Task Force Seat Vacancy Nominees- STF

III.                Public Comment

IV.                Set next meeting

V.                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/2870507497332088067

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.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup. For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

Shrimp Task Force to Meet January 16 at 10:00 a.m.

Release Date: 01/11/2019

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

 

I.                    Pledge of Allegiance

II.                 Roll call and Introduction of Guests

III.               Approval of the December 5, 2018 meeting minutes and of the January 16, 2019 Agenda

IV.               Treasury Report

     A.      Budget Report- LDWF

V.                  Federal Shrimp Permit Report- STF

VI.               New Business

     A.      To Hear an Update on the Coastal Fisheries Industry Adaptation Workgroup (CFIAW)- Patrick Banks, Fisheries Assistant Secretary- LDWF

     B.      To Discuss the Importance of the Shrimp Sustainability Program and the Bycatch Study- Audubon G.U.L.F.

     C.       To Discuss and Consider Shrimp Task Force Seat Vacancy Nominations- STF

     D.      Officer Elections

VII.             Public Comment

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/7554417136053135107

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.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup. For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

White Lake WCA Fishing Lottery Applications Available for 2019

Release Date: 01/10/2019

Jan. 10, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for a lottery drawing for fishing permit access to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) between March 15 and Aug. 15, 2019.
 
A total of 100 permits will be issued following the lottery drawing and winning applicants will be notified of their opportunity to purchase a permit for $40. White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish.
 
The area open for fishing will be limited to the Florence Canal and Oil Field Location canals off of the Florence Canal. There will be no fishing in any of the WCA’s marsh areas or in the main camp canal or other areas that are marked "NO FISHING."  Successful applicants will be provided a map of the fishing area. Boats used by permitees will be limited to the use of motors with 40 horsepower or less. Additional rules and regulations are outlined in an attachment to the application.
 
Each completed application must include a non-refundable administrative fee of $5 in the form of a check or money order (NO CASH ACCEPTED) made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Only one application per person will be accepted and submitting more than one application will be considered grounds for disqualification. Completed applications must be received by LDWF by close of business on Feb. 15, 2019.
 
Applications may be mailed or delivered to:
Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attention: White Lake Fishing
2000 Quail Drive, Room 418
Baton Rouge, LA  70808
 
Persons interested in obtaining an application may call the department at 225-765-2812 or download a copy from the department’s website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications .
 
For more information, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov.
 

LDWF Announces 2019 Dates for Use of White Lake WCA Facilities by Groups for Public Uses and Nature Trips

Release Date: 01/10/2019

Jan. 10, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has designated dates between February 1 and May 31, 2019, for public use of facilities at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA). For profit or commercial activities are prohibited.
 
White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish. LDWF owns and manages lodge facilities and 71,000 acres of wetlands and marsh land. The lodge facilities, accessible only by water, will be available for day-use or overnight use at rental rates that vary based on level of services required by the group using the site. Boat transportation to and from the site will be provided as part of the day use and overnight use access for 2019 group use dates.
 
The facilities and landscape are ideal for birding groups, nature photographers, environmental or wetland ecology students or small business retreats. LDWF can provide site staff for guided boat tours and biologists for lectures on the ecosystem within the conservation area, which includes freshwater marsh, coastal prairie and an experimental population of whooping cranes.
 
White Lake WCA and the surrounding Mermentau River Basin provide abundant habitat for a variety of avian and aquatic species. This property supports migrant passerine birds, shorebirds, wading birds, rails, gallinules and many species of raptors. Several large breeding rookeries of wading birds are present on the property. Access dates and fees for 2019 are as follows:
 
SCHEDULE FOR OTHER PUBLIC USES AND NATURE TRIPS AT WHITE LAKE WCA
 
Site visits may be scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between Feb. 1 and May 31, 2019.
 
Site visits will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis pending facility and staff availability. At this time, WLWCA will only accommodate one group per day/week and all facility reservations must be made two weeks in advance to allow for staff scheduling.
FEE SCHEDULE FOR WHITE LAKE WCA FACILITY USE
 
Day Use (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
$300 - Includes one-day use of lodge for meetings with no food or drink or additional services provided by LDWF. (For up to 15 people.)
 
$300 + $10/person - Includes one-day use of lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks and bottled water provided (for up to 15 people).
 
$300 + $20/person - Includes one-day use of lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks bottled water and lunch provided. Lunch provided (for up to 15 people) will consist of a sandwich tray and chips or something similar. It will not include a hot lunch.
 
Exemptions from day-use lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).
 
Overnight Use (arrive 2-4 p.m. day 1; depart 1 p.m. day 2)
 $400 + $25/person/night --Includes overnight stay at lodge with only linens provided.
 (For up to 12 people.)
 
$400 + $35/person/night -- Includes overnight stay at lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and linens provided.  (For up to 12 people.)
 
$900 + $35/person/night -- Includes overnight stay at lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water, meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) and linens provided. (For up to 12 people.)
 
Exemptions from overnight lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).
 
Skeet Range (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events)
$10/person/25 clay pigeons.
                       
$15/person/25 clay pigeons, 25 shotgun shells provided.
 
Exemptions – Any persons using the skeet range at LDWF-sponsored events.
 
Boat Tours (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events)
$10/person/ride.  Limited to authorized function attendees.
 
Exemptions: Any state, local or federal agency working in cooperation with the LDWF on cooperative initiatives or universities/conservation organizations working with LDWF on cooperative research projects, or educational activities conducted in cooperation with LDWF.
 
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reserves the right to schedule other public use activities and nature trips, for educational purposes, outside the advertised dates should the need arise.
 
For more information on White Lake WCA facility use, visit the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/other-public-uses-and-nature-trips , or contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 ext. # 1 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .
 

LWFC Adopts Notice of Intent for Hunting Regulations, Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules

Release Date: 01/09/2019

Jan. 9, 2019 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted notices of intent for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 hunting seasons, 2019-20 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting seasons and rules and regulations, 2020 general and WMA turkey hunting season and rules and regulations, and 2019-20 migratory bird hunting season and rules and regulations at its January meeting Tuesday (Jan. 8) in Baton Rouge.
 
The notices of intent include proposed hunting season dates and regulation changes from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the upcoming hunting seasons and provide for a public comment period.
 
Some of the proposed changes include:

  • Ban of the use of natural deer urine as an attractant for hunting purposes. This is proposed as a cautionary measure to stop the potential importation and spread of CWD.
  • Language to include Louisiana lands east of the Mississippi River in East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia parishes in the state Cervid Carcass Importation ban.  This will make it illegal for persons who harvest a deer on those aforementioned properties to transport a whole deer back into Louisiana.
  • Requirement that self-clearing permit must be utilized for all activities on WMAs.
  • Reducing the daily bag limit of teal from six to four for the early September teal season.
  • Prohibition on the use of motorized turkey decoys.
  • Removal of all of Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes and parts of Avoyelles, Iberville, St. Landry and Upper St Martin parishes from Turkey Area A to Turkey Area C, which results in a reduction of 14 days of hunting opportunity.
  • Allowance to hunt nuisance animals and outlaw quadrupeds at night year round and the elimination of the permit needed from September-January.
  • Defining ‘drones’ as ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’. 
  • Addition of airboats as an allowable vehicle on Maurepas Swamp WMA pursuant to RS:56:109.4.
  • Removal of ability to commercial fishing on Wonder Lake on Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMA. 
  • Expansion of the limited access area at Joyce WMA.
  • Prohibition of all nighttime activities at Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA.
  • Change in the closing time of waterfowl hunting from noon to 2 pm at Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA, making it consistent with other WMAs.
  • Reduction of seven days to the turkey season at Richard K. Yancey WMA.
  • Reduction of the number of open turkey days from five to three at Sherburne WMA.
  • Closure of Tunica Hills WMA when turkey lottery hunts are taking place.

To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from February through March and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ttuma@wlf.la.gov until 9 a.m., March 7, 2019.
 
LDWF will also collect public comment at public hearings to be held Feb. 25-March 2 throughout the state. The locations and times for those meetings include:

  • Feb. 25 (Monday) at 6 p.m. at the Ponchatoula High School Library, 19452 Highway 22, Ponchatoula.
  • Feb. 26 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Lafayette Field Office, 200 Dulles Drive, Lafayette.
  • Feb. 27 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Field Office, 9961 Highway 80, Minden.
  • Feb. 28 (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe Field Office, 368 Century Link Drive, Monroe.
  • March 1 (Friday) at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3rd Street, Alexandria.
  • March 2 (Saturday) at 10 a.m. at the LSU Ag Center Building, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles.
     

For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 

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