LDWF News Release

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting to Meet September 5 at 9:30a

Release Date: 08/29/2019

The next regular Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.


The following agenda items will be discussed:

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Adoption of August 1, 2019 Commission Meeting Minutes

5. Approval of September 5, 2019 Agenda

6. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

7. Recognize Sergeant Charlie Ferrington as the 2019 Mississippi Flyway Council Waterfowl Protection Officer of the Year – Col. Sammy Martin, Enforcement Division

8. Enforcement Report, August 2019 – Major Edward Skena, Enforcement Division

9. Receive and Consider Declaration of Emergency to Amend 2019-2020 Deer Season in Deer Area 5 – Johnathan Bordelon, Deer Program Manager

10. Receive Presentation on the Migratory Waterfowl Status for the 2019-2020 Fall Season – Larry Reynolds, Wildlife Biologist

11. Receive an Update on the 2019 Recreational Red Snapper Season Landings – Jason Adriance, Marine Fisheries Biologist

12. Receive Presentation on the Spotted Seatrout Stock Assessment – Jason Adriance, Marine Fisheries Biologist

13. Receive and Consider Notice of Intent to Modify the Recreational Length Limits for Mako Sharks – Jason Adriance, Marine Fisheries Biologist

14. Receive Summary Presentation on the August 2019 Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council Meeting – Chris Schieble, Marine Fisheries Biologist

15. Receive an Updated Report on the Impacts of Floodwaters on the Fishery Resources and Fisheries of Louisiana – Christian Winslow, Marine Fisheries Biologist

16. Set January 2020 Commission Meeting Date

17. Receive Public Comments

18. Adjournment

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com. To attend a live broadcast of the January 2019 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting, please register at  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4908345651893119500.  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 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 in advance.

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge to Temporarily Close for Alligator Harvest on Sept. 4-11

Release Date: 08/28/2019

Aug. 28, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge on Sept. 4-11 until noon each day to holds its annual controlled alligator harvest. After noon each day, the public will be allowed to enter the refuge and utilize recreational areas until official sunset.
The delayed openings will be in effect each day or until alligator trappers have used their tags for this controlled harvest.
The refuge spans 26 miles of coastal Louisiana in Cameron and Vermilion parishes, provides recreational fishing opportunities for crabs, shrimp, redfish, speckled trout, black drum, largemouth bass and other species. Rockefeller is one of the most biologically diverse wildlife areas in the nation and attracts over 100,000 visitors annually.
For more information on Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, go to https://www.rwrefuge.com/ or contact Gabe Giffin at ggiffin@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet September 3

Release Date: 08/28/2019

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting
Pete Gerica, Chairman
Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 1:00p.m.
St. Bernard Port Harbor and Terminal
100 Port Blvd.
Chalmette, LA 70043
I. Pledge of Allegiance
II. Roll Call and Introduction of Guests
III. Approval of June 4, 2019 Minutes and September 3, 2019 Agenda
IV. Financial Report
V. New Business
A. To Discuss the Derelict Crab Trap Program- LDWF
B. To Hear an Update on the Sediment Diversion Program- CPRA
C. Resolution on Gulf Hypoxia, Comments on Louisiana Nutrient Management Strategy-
Doug Daigle
D. To Discuss the Status of the Federal Fisheries Disaster Declaration- CTF
E. To Consider Funding for 2020 Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit- LA Sea Grant
VI. Public Comment
VII. Set Next Meeting
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/1208337291759103757
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.

LDWF to Host Squirrel Hunting 101 Seminar in Lafayette on Sept. 21

Release Date: 08/28/2019

Aug. 28, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold a squirrel hunting seminar for beginners in Lafayette on Sept. 21. The event, dubbed Squirrel Hunting 101, will be held at LDWF’s Lafayette Field Office from 8 a.m.-noon.
The seminar will cover proper equipment needed, firearm selection, rules and regulations, outdoor navigation and hunting opportunities. It will also include a teaching session in the outdoors near the office to discuss proper hunting techniques.
LDWF’s Lafayette Field Office is located at 200 Dulles Drive in Lafayette.
Attendance is free of charge, however, space is limited and those interested must preregister. For more information, contact John Sturgis at jsturgis@wlf.la.gov or 337-735-8685.

Theriot Man Cited for Undersized White Shrimp

Release Date: 08/27/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a Theriot man for alleged shrimping violations on Aug. 20 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Clevis Dehart, 35, for possession of undersized white shrimp.

Agents received information about a captain of a shrimping vessel catching undersized white shrimp in Dog Lake in Terrebonne Parish.  On Aug. 20, agents were on patrol in Dog Lake when they located a vessel actively skimming for shrimp.

Agents boarded the vessel and found Dehart was the captain.  Agents inspected the catch onboard and found undersized white shrimp.  Louisiana law states that fishermen cannot possess any white shrimp over 100 count to the pound until Oct. 15.

Agents seized 315 pounds of shrimp and donated them to a local charity.

Possession of undersized white shrimp brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Dehart may also face civil restitution totaling $809 for the replacement value of the illegally taken shrimp.



Recreational Red Snapper Season to Close After Labor Day

Release Date: 08/23/2019

BATON ROUGE, La.-- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet signed a declaration of emergency to add Labor Day, Monday, September 2 to the current weekends-only recreational red snapper season and to close the season at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, until further notice. 

Labor Day was not included when the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission initially voted for the 2019 weekends-only season. 

After considering the rate of landings and LDWF biologists’ recommendations, estimates indicate that red snapper landings will be near our 816,439-pound quota after Labor Day. After the closure, LDWF will continue to monitor red snapper landings through the LA Creel survey and consider options if any quota remains.

The latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel is 691,765 pounds, or 86 percent of Louisiana’s allocation. This covers the period through August 11. Once the season closes, red snapper anglers will have had 48 days of fishing opportunity.

“The department appreciates the help of Louisiana anglers for responding to voluntary surveys to determine accurate and reliable harvest estimates through the LA Creel program,” Montoucet said. “Our goal is to provide as much fishing opportunity as possible for our anglers, while staying within the quota set by the federal government.”

Louisiana is operating under its second year of an (Exempted Fishing Permit) EFP which allows the state to manage the private recreational red snapper season in state and federal waters. Under the EFP, participating anglers are allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), from shore to 200 nautical miles, during the season set by the LDWF Secretary or Commission. NOAA Fisheries continues to regulate federal for-hire vessels (charter and headboats); this season has closed. State charter captains (those who do not have a federal Gulf of Mexico charter permit for reef fish) may only fish for red snapper in state waters when the state recreational red snapper season is open.   

For more information on the 2019 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit:   http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper.

The department urges anglers’ voluntary participation in its electronic reporting program to improve recreational harvest data collection. To learn how to participate in voluntarily reporting your catch, please reference the appropriate link below, depending on the make of your cellular device.

ROLP mobile app (Android phone) 
ROLP mobile app (iPhone)

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.

Volunteers Needed for Elmer’s Island Beach Cleanup

Release Date: 08/22/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in partnership with Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Nicholls State University and the Grand Isle Music Fest are asking for volunteers for their upcoming beach cleanup at Elmer’s Island on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The event, beginning at 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., is being held in coordination with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day during National Estuaries Week.
During the cleanup, volunteers will remove, categorize and weigh trash and debris from approximately 2.5 miles of shoreline on Elmer’s Island. Elmer's Island, owned and maintained by the state of Louisiana, is a 1,145-acre tract of marsh and beachfront located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish, directly across Caminada Pass from Grand Isle. The area is historically known for its excellent fishing opportunities and public beach access that families and anglers alike enjoy.
All data collected will be sent to the Ocean Conservancy to be included in the 2019 International Coastal Cleanup database and report to be released in 2020. The data will provide insight into ways to reduce the enormous and continually growing problem of shoreline pollution and plastics in our waterways.
Volunteers must provide their own transportation to the event site, and motorists should be advised if using LA Hwy. 1 south they will encounter a toll bridge ($3.75 for average vehicle) during the commute.
Data sheets and clipboards, garbarge bags (if needed) and a light lunch will be provided. Water will also be supplied, but participants are asked to bring refillable water bottles to reduce trash. Participants are encouraged to wear closed toe shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and hat. To reduce additional waste, volunteers are also urged to bring their own container or bucket to collect debris.
Interested volunteers are asked to pre-register online. The deadline to register is Monday, September 16, 2019. Volunteers under 18 be accompanied by a guardian and have a signed waiver (available day of event).

Sherburne WMA South Farm to Host Wood Stork and Wading Bird Event on Aug. 31

Release Date: 08/21/2019

Sherburne WMA South Farm to Host Wood Stork and Wading Bird Event on Aug. 31

Aug. 21, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a wood stork and wading bird event Aug. 31 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. within the South Farm area of the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) complex. The South Farm is located in Iberville Parish and accessible via I-10.
There is no charge for the event but participants between the ages of 16 and 60 are required to have either a valid Louisiana hunting or fishing license or Wild Louisiana Stamp to visit an LDWF Wildlife Management Area. These can be purchased at any license vendor selling LDWF hunting or fishing licenses, on-line at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ or by phone at 1-888-765-2602.
Wood storks and other wading and shorebirds are readily visible at this time due to the management provided by LDWF Wildlife Division staff. A number of large moist soil impoundments are flooded in the fall to provide habitat for waterbirds, especially
shorebirds, wading birds and waterfowl. Aside from seed-bearing herbaceous plants, the managed habitat contains an abundance of small fish and invertebrates, ideal food for wading birds.
The South Farm impoundments are drawn down in mid-summer to enhance the growth of wetland plants for forage for wintering waterfowl. The drawdown period is extended almost a month at times due to the size of the impoundments and the management strategy, which is focused on providing mud flats and very shallow water to concentrate forage for shorebirds (sandpipers and others) and wading birds (egrets, herons, spoonbills, storks and ibis).
The wood stork is one of only two stork species native to North America. Incidentally, in 2008, Sherburne’s Farm Complex hosted the only other North American stork – the jabiru, one of the largest birds in the Western Hemisphere. Wood storks, which can grow to 4 feet tall with a 66-inch wingspan, act as indicators of the condition of our nation’s wetlands. Historically, as wetlands disappeared, wood stork populations also declined. Wetland management units such as those at the South Farm provide critical habitat for the species’ survival.
This event provides an excellent opportunity for bird watchers, photographers and anyone who enjoys wildlife to see these and other waterbirds up-close. The South Farm habitat also provides opportunities to view alligators, white-tailed deer and many other species of birds. LDWF biologists will be on hand to discuss the management of the area and provide wildlife identification assistance.
Participants are advised to arrive early for the best wood stork viewing opportunities.
To get to South Farm, take I-10 to the Ramah Exit (Exit 135); drive north on Louisiana Highway 3000. Take a left onto the frontage road (first road encountered; near the small bait stand/store less than 0.1 mile from exit). Take a right on the road just after the old gas station (approximately 0.1 mile from last turn). Cross the bridge over the borrow pit and turn right on the gravel road that parallels the base of the levee. Continue north on the gravel road for approximately one mile until you see the South Farm sign. Cross the levee to enter the parking lot. Event coordinators will be there to provide additional information.
For more information about the South Farm birding event, call the LDWF Wildlife Division, Lafayette Field Office at 337-735-8682.

All Roads Opened in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area, LDWF Announces

Release Date: 08/20/2019

Aug. 20, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has opened all roads at the Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA). All trails, however, remain closed on the WMA.
Users are asked to comply with trail closures deemed necessary to ensure safety and prevent damage.
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 .

White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area 2019-20 Marsh and Rice Field Waterfowl Lottery Hunts Announced

Release Date: 08/20/2019

Aug. 20, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 marsh and rice field waterfowl lottery hunts on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 20.
Marsh hunts are available on:
Nov. 12, 14, 16, 21, 23, 27 and 30;
Dec. 1, 3, 23, 28 and 29;
Jan.  9 and 16.
Rice field hunts are available on:
Nov. 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 26, and 30;
Dec. 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 21, 22, 28, 29 and 31;
Jan.  2, 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 15, 18 and 19.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and applications for both hunts must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Sep. 20, 2019.
Applications may be obtained by contacting any of LDWF's field offices or by visiting the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications . Completed applications may be delivered in person to the LDWF headquarters building at 2000 Quail Drive, Room 418, Baton Rouge, La., 70808 or by mail to the same address.   Please note on envelope: Attention: White Lake Marsh (or Rice Field) Lottery Hunt, whichever is applicable.
Each application must include a non-refundable $5 administrative fee. The $5 fee must be paid by a check or money order payable (NO CASH ACCEPTED) 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 waterfowl lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

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