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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation’s Ninth Annual Wild Night Set For Oct. 11

Release Date: 10/05/2018

Oct. 5, 2018 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) will hold its annual fundraiser, the ninth annual Wild Night, on Thursday (Oct. 11) at 5:30 p.m. at Live Oak Arabian, 6300 Jefferson Highway in Baton Rouge.
 
Tickets are $100 per person for the event and a reserved table for 10 is available for $900. To purchase tickets and for more information, go to www.wildnight.org/ .
 
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation was created for the purpose of promoting the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and to further encourage public conservation and enjoyment of Louisiana’s natural resources. Upon its creation in December 1995, it was envisioned as a Foundation that would promote the welfare of LDWF, reflecting the belief that there was more to accomplish than governmental resources could cover. The proposed Foundation would support Department programs with additional resources developed through its own facilities.
 
LWFF is a public charitable organization, tax exempt under section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. It receives no funding from the state nor LDWF. Contributions come solely from individual and corporate donors.
 
For more information about LWFF, go to www.lawff.org/ or call Sam Barbera at 225-405-7827.
 

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LDWF and Grand Isle Levee District Mutually Agree to Terminate Elmer’s Island Airstrip Agreement

Release Date: 10/05/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet announced Thursday (Oct. 4) that an agreement to essentially lease land to the Grand Isle Independent Levee District for the development of an airstrip on Elmer’s Island has been terminated. The announcement came during the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission monthly meeting in Baton Rouge on Thursday.

The proposal had stirred criticism from conservation groups and others. Secretary Montoucet addressed the commissioner’s and provided the department’s rationale for entering the agreement and offered assurances that any future discussion on this topic would be vetted by the full commission.  During Secretary Montoucet’s prepared remarks he stated, “I am surely not too proud to recognize and understand the criticism and concerns that have been raised, both in regards to the environmental concerns with the project, but also as it relates to the desires for the public to have involvement beyond the permitting process for this proposal.”

Grand Isle mayor David Camardelle appeared at Thursday’s meeting and supported Montoucet’s decision to end the agreement.

 

A full transcript of Secretary Jack Montoucet’s remarks can be found below.

 

Mr. Chairman and members of the Commission:

I come before you today to inform you that the agreement to allow the Grand Isle Levee District the opportunity to pursue permitting and construction of an airport on Elmer’s Island will be cancelled and terminated upon mutual agreement.

Judging from the volume of communications my office has received on this topic, I believe that this news will be well received by many of the folks here today and the people they represent.  However, I do feel the need to briefly explain the thought process behind the decision to execute an agreement in the first place.

Allow me to state, for the record, that many of the environmental concerns that I’ve heard are absolutely valid.  In fact, we as a conservation agency, share many of those same concerns and we expressed those concerns to Mayor Camardelle when he requested to use the old airstrip property. 

However, Mayor Camardelle indicated that he could propose a project that would have minimal impact on fish and wildlife resources and provide recreational access and economic development to the area, all at no cost to the state.  He simply asked for an opportunity to try.  Knowing the many state and federal permits that such a project would require before it could even begin to be implemented, and trusting that those permitting processes would both identify and address any potential impacts to wildlife resources or habitat, we decided to see what he could propose. 

I am confident that I speak for myself and the Governor when I say that this administration never absolutely supported the construction of an airport on Elmer’s Island, ignoring all consequences.  Rather, we endorsed the Mayor’s effort to develop a preliminary plan – a proposal – to be properly evaluated and vetted.

With that said, I am surely not too proud to recognize and understand the criticism and concerns that have been raised, both in regards to the environmental concerns with the project, but also as it relates to the desires for the public to have involvement beyond the permitting process for this proposal. 

I assure you that I value open and transparent government and that it was NOT my intention to create an appearance of operating outside of the public eye.  However, it is evident from the number of people here today and from the communications I’ve received that folks would like a greater opportunity for public discourse in this matter.

For that reason, I’m glad that Mayor Camardelle was gracious enough and willing to agree to mutually cancel and terminate the current intergovernmental agreement.  You have my word that if this proposal is ever considered in the future, it will be done through the Commission and would initially be limited to a feasibility study to allow for appropriate and public evaluation.

Mayor Camardelle is present here today.  He has been a passionate advocate for his town, a fair representative of the Grand Isle Independent Levee District, and a longtime supporter of this agency. I’d like to publicly thank him for his cooperation in this endeavor and offer an opportunity to address the Commission.

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

LWFC Approves DE to Include Louisiana Lands East of the Mississippi River in Cervid Carcass Import Ban

Release Date: 10/04/2018

LWFC Approves DE to Include Louisiana Lands East of the Mississippi River in Cervid Carcass Import Ban

Oct. 4, 2018 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved a declaration of emergency that includes Louisiana lands east of the Mississippi River in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes in the state’s cervid carcass importation ban during its monthly meeting in Baton Rouge on Thursday (Oct. 4).
 
The measure, which goes into effect immediately, is designed to reduce the risk of chronic wasting disease (CWD) from spreading into Louisiana.
 
The regulation now reads in part: No person shall import, transport or possess any cervid carcass or part of a cervid carcass originating outside of Louisiana, including Louisiana lands east of the Mississippi River in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes, except: for meat that is cut and wrapped; meat that has been boned out; quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached, antlers, clean skull plates with antlers, cleaned skulls without tissue attached, capes, tanned hides, finished taxidermy mounts and cleaned cervid teeth.
 
CWD has not been detected in Louisiana, however, the disease was discovered in the Mississippi county of Issaquena on Jan. 25 earlier this year. The buck that tested positive for CWD was discovered only a few miles from the Louisiana border on the east side of the Mississippi River near East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes hence the need for the additional ban.
 
CWD has been discovered in 25 states including Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.
 
CWD is a fatal neurodegenerative disease, which is 100 percent fatal and affects members of the family Cervidae, which includes white-tailed deer. The disease is caused by misfolded proteins called prions. These prions can be shed in saliva, urine, feces and decomposing carcasses. Infectious material can contaminate soil, becoming available for uptake by plants, increasing transmission to additional individuals when plants are consumed.
 
LDWF continues cooperative discussions with other state and federal agencies, including Mississippi, in the fight against CWD and to prevent it from entering the state.
 
Go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/CWD for more information on CWD.
 

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Commercial King Mackerel Season to Close October 5, 2018

Release Date: 10/04/2018

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, October 5, 2018. 

Each year, a commercial quota is established for Gulf of Mexico group king mackerel by NMFS based on recommendations by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. That figure is then allocated to various zones and fisheries.  According to the best information available, the 1.116 million pound commercial quota of king mackerel for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico has been harvested.

The commercial king mackerel season in Louisiana waters has previously been closed on March 27, 2009 (08-09 season), September 12, 2009 (09-10 season), February 11, 2011 (10-11 season), September 16, 2011 (11-12 season), August 22, 2012 (12-13 season), September 20, 2013 (13-14 season), October 31, 2014 (14-15 season), January 7, 2016 (15-16 season), January 21, 2017 (16-17 season) and October 16, 2017 (17-18 season).

While there are relatively few king mackerel harvested or targeted by Louisiana recreational anglers, a substantial commercial fishery exists, which typically lands 800 to 900 thousand pounds annually at Louisiana ports.  A significant portion of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana ports is shipped to markets in the northeast United States.

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov .  

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.

Commercial King Mackerel Season to Close October 5, 2018

Release Date: 10/04/2018

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the commercial season for king mackerel in Louisiana waters will close at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, October 5, 2018. 

Each year, a commercial quota is established for Gulf of Mexico group king mackerel by NMFS based on recommendations by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. That figure is then allocated to various zones and fisheries.  According to the best information available, the 1.116 million pound commercial quota of king mackerel for the western zone of the Gulf of Mexico has been harvested.

The commercial king mackerel season in Louisiana waters has previously been closed on March 27, 2009 (08-09 season), September 12, 2009 (09-10 season), February 11, 2011 (10-11 season), September 16, 2011 (11-12 season), August 22, 2012 (12-13 season), September 20, 2013 (13-14 season), October 31, 2014 (14-15 season), January 7, 2016 (15-16 season), January 21, 2017 (16-17 season) and October 16, 2017 (17-18 season).

While there are relatively few king mackerel harvested or targeted by Louisiana recreational anglers, a substantial commercial fishery exists, which typically lands 800 to 900 thousand pounds annually at Louisiana ports.  A significant portion of the king mackerel landed in Louisiana ports is shipped to markets in the northeast United States.

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov .  

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.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Recommends Deer Hunters Not Use Supplemental Feeds

Release Date: 10/03/2018

Oct. 3, 2018 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommends that deer hunters not utilize supplemental feeds as this increases the chance of spreading diseases among deer using bait stations, including chronic wasting disease (CWD). 
 
Instead, LDWF encourages hunters to focus on managing the native forage base on the land through prescribed fire, mechanical vegetation manipulation and application of appropriate fertilizers. Contact your local LDWF Private Lands Biologist for recommendations.
 
CWD has not been detected in Louisiana, however, the disease was discovered in the Mississippi county of Issaquena on Jan. 25 earlier this year. The buck that tested positive for CWD was discovered only a few miles from the Louisiana border on the east side of the Mississippi River.
 
LDWF sampled 300 deer within the buffer zone, which is within 25 miles of the case in Issaquena County and included East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes. CWD was not detected in any of the sampled deer. This sample size provides a 95 percent confidence interval that sampling would detect CWD at a prevalence rate of 1 percent.
 
CWD has been discovered in 25 states including Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.
 
CWD is a fatal neurodegenerative disease, which is 100 percent fatal and affects members of the family Cervidae, which includes white-tailed deer. The disease is caused by misfolded proteins called prions. These prions can be shed in saliva, urine, feces and decomposing carcasses. Infectious material can contaminate soil, becoming available for uptake by plants, increasing transmission to additional individuals when plants are consumed.
 
Once a deer consumes the prion and becomes infected, it develops clinical signs including weight loss, salivation, neurological signs and ultimately death. Clinical signs may not become apparent until 16 to 24 months after the deer is infected.
 
LDWF will perform increased hunter-harvested deer surveillance for CWD in East Carroll, Madison, and Tensas parishes this hunting season and continue normal CWD surveillance across the state. LDWF has tested nearly 9,000 deer for CWD since 2002 and has not detected the disease.
 
Deer hunters who would like to have their harvest tested may contact LDWF Regional Offices throughout the state to do so. Those offices can take samples during business hours from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Please contact the office prior to your hunt to receive information on proper handling of your deer harvest for appropriate sampling.
 
LDWF continues cooperative discussions with other state and federal agencies in the fight against CWD and to prevent it from entering the state.
 
Go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/CWD for more information on CWD.
 

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Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force Set to Meet Oct. 11 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 10/01/2018

Oct. 1, 2018 - The Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force will meet Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) headquarters in Baton Rouge (2000 Quail Drive) in the Louisiana Conference Room.
 
The task force was created by Louisiana House Concurrent Resolution No. 9 during the 2016 regular session of the state legislature to develop ideas and recommendations to deal with the state’s feral hog problem.
 
For more information on the task force, contact Dr. Jim LaCour, LDWF Wildlife Veterinarian, at jmlacour@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2346.
 

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AMENDED - October 2018 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 09/28/2018

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

 

The following items will be discussed:

 

1. Call to Order
 

2. Pledge of Allegiance
 
3. Roll Call
 
4. Adoption of September 6, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes
 
5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege
 
6. Enforcement Report, September 2018
 
7. Receive and Consider a Resolution to Rename the LDWF “Louisiana Room” to the “Joe L. Herring Room”
 
8. Recognize the Archery in Louisiana Schools Participants and Program
 
9. Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent on Houseboat Registration
 
10. Receive presentation on the 50 year Anniversary of  Brown Pelican Reintroduction to Louisiana
 
11. Receive a Presentation on the Dredge Fill Material Program
 
12. Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency to Amend the Current Louisiana Cervid Carcass Importation Regulation to include Louisiana Lands East of the Mississippi River in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas Parishes
 
13. Receive a Report on the LDWF Freshwater Fish Hatchery Program
 
14. Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent for the 2019 Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program

15. To Discuss the Facts and Circumstances Relating to the Intergovernmental Agreement Between LDWF and the Grand Isle Levee District for the Purpose of Constructing an Airport/Airstrip on Elmer’s Island

16. Reconsider December 2018 Commission Meeting Date
 
17. Set February 2019 Commission Meeting Date
 
18. Receive Public Comments
 
19. Adjournment

 

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8378008517560935682

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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 recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating allreasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

Entry Now Open for Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Taxidermy Exhibition Contest

Release Date: 09/24/2018

Sept. 24, 2018 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold a taxidermy exhibition contest in April of 2019 as an opportunity for Louisiana taxidermists to showcase their work and help educate the general public on the state’s wildlife resources.
 
Entry for the contest has opened with the event set to be held April 17, 2019, at LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge beginning at 10 a.m. Registration for the biennial contest is open until March 8, 2019. For entry forms and contest rules, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/TaxidermyContest2019.
 
Taxidermy work has been displayed in the LDWF headquarters lobby in Baton Rouge since 1988. Displays of wildlife and fisheries species help the general public to get a close-up look at the animals that many may never experience. It will also help citizens to understand the conservation mission of LDWF and the threats facing many species in Louisiana.
 
Taxidermists will be able to enter several categories, including big game, upland game, waterfowl, game fish, amphibian life, reptile life and non-game. Winners will have their work displayed at LDWF headquarters and at LDWF field offices throughout the state. The winners will also be featured in the Louisiana Conservationist and The Wildlife Insider.
 
Judging will be done by a panel of professional wildlife and fisheries biologists, professional artists, professional taxidermists and environmental educators. Judging will not only focus on the taxidermy work but also the educational aspect of the piece.
 
For more information, contact Stephanie Cockerham at 225-765-2346 or scockerham@wlf.la.gov.
 

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Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet September 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Release Date: 09/24/2018

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

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 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 July 11, 2018 meeting minutes and of the September 26, 2018 Agenda
IV. Treasury Report
   A. Budget Report- LDWF
V. Federal Shrimp Permit Report- STF
VI. New Business
   A. To Hear a Presentation of Survey Results from the 2018 LFF Sediment Diversion Panel and Discussion- Sea Grant
   B. To Discuss the 2019 Shrimp Bycatch Study and Online Portal- LDWF
   C. To Hear a Summary and Update on the 2018 Spring Shrimp Season- LDWF
   D. To Hear a Presentation on Shrimp Prices by Market Size- LDWF
   E. To Discuss Location Proposals for Inshore Artificial Reef Sites- LDWF/LPBF
   F. To Discuss Rescheduling the Shrimp Task Force Washington, D.C. Trip- STF
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/1126474245501185795

 

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.

 

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 the contact at the top of this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

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