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Grassy Lake and Boeuf Wildlife Management Areas to Reopen Friday

Release Date: 04/24/2018

April 24, 2018 – Grassy Lake and Boeuf Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) will reopen to the public Friday (April 27), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The WMAs closed March 30 due to flooding.
 
LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet issued a declaration of emergency reopening the WMAs in accordance with the emergency provisions of R.S. 49:953 of the Administrative Procedure Act and under authority of R.S. 56:115.
 
LDWF staff have inspected area roads and have deemed the WMAs suitable and safe for public access.
 
Grassy Lake WMA, made up of 12,983 acres is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville. For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767.
  
Boeuf WMA, which consists of 51,110 acres, is located 10 miles southeast of Columbia in Caldwell and Catahoula parishes. For more information on Boeuf WMA, go http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/32649.
 

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LDWF Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Workshops Scheduled for Baton Rouge

Release Date: 04/23/2018

Volunteer Instructor, Charlie Bush, assists participants with rigging a rod and reel at the Women’s Fishing Workshop.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer instructor for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)?  Through LDWF’s Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program (Aquatic VIP), you can learn not only the basics of fishing, but also how to teach those skills to get younger generations hooked on fishing too! The workshops offered through this program are perfect for teachers, Scout leaders, homeschoolers, and anyone who enjoys fishing and the outdoors!

 

At this hands-on workshop led by LDWF biologists, you’ll receive the training you need to become a volunteer instructor, an invaluable ally in LDWF’s efforts to increase fishing participation and wise utilization of natural resources across Louisiana. Topics and activities include knot tying, casting skills, basic fishing techniques, proper fish identification, fisheries management and more. A binder full of lesson plans and activity guides for grades K-12, as well as educational materials, will be given to all volunteers who attend the workshop. 

 

After completing the 8-hour workshop and passing a background check, volunteers are able to borrow equipment to help teach these topics to others. For example, if you’ve always wanted to host your own fishing clinic for youth, but didn’t have the materials and resources to run one, then this is your solution! We can provide fishing rods with basic tackle, a knot tying kit, art and crafts activities and more. 

 

This summer, LDWF will be hosting two free* Aquatic VIP workshops in Baton Rouge.  The first will be Wednesday, May 16th , and is open to all.  The second will be a teachers-only workshop on Saturday, June 16th .  The teacher's workshop will focus more heavily on the lesson plans and how to incorporate fishing and fisheries management into the classroom.

 

To find out more information or to sign up, please visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs. For any questions about the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program, contact Alayna McGarry at (504)286-4050 or at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov.

 

If you aren’t from Baton Rouge but have a group of people who are interested in taking this training together, please contact Alayna McGarry at 504-286-4050 or at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov  We may be able to come to your area and set up a private workshop for you and your group!

 

*A $25 registration fee is required to reserve your spot. This fee will be returned upon your arrival at the workshop. 

 

LDWF’s Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program 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 Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources. 

 

The Fisheries Extension Outreach Program fosters responsible, licensed anglers by organizing community fishing events and developing opportunities for anglers to participate in the conservation of Louisiana’s aquatic resources. The program promotes awareness of the Sport Fish Restoration Program, which utilizes angler support to help ensure the future of recreational fishing in Louisiana for generations to come.

 

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.la.gov , on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/ldwffb  or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force Meeting Set for April 26 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 04/23/2018

April 23, 2017 - The Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force will meet Thursday (April 26) at 9 a.m. at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) headquarters in Baton Rouge (2000 Quail Drive) in the fourth floor 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, please contact Dr. Jim LaCour, LDWF Wildlife Veterinarian, at jmlacour@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2346.
 
Here is the agenda for the meeting:
 
Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force
Agenda
26 April 2018 
9 AM
 
 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call

 
III.           Announcements
 
IV.          Approval of meeting minutes – 23 January 2018
 
V.            Old Business
                A. Status of Feral Hog Transport (LAS 76:V.130) NOI – Kim Marie Tolson
                B. LLA position on Limitation of Liability of Landowners (RS 9:2795) – Vic Blanchard
               
VI.          New Business
                A. Annual Report Update
                     1. Recommendation 1: Strengthen movement restrictions of feral hogs and expand
                                enforcement restrictions (addressed to Legislature)
                                a. Review of HB 226* regarding transport of feral swine – Kim Marie Tolson
 
                     2. Recommendation 2: Expand public awareness of the laws/regulations and other
                        issues pertaining to feral hog management. (addressed to LDWF regarding a
                                Website) – Kenny Ribbeck / Scott Durham
 
                     3. Recommendation 3: Cost-share feral hog control efforts on private lands
                                a. Through trap loan programs – Dearl Sanders via Kim Marie Tolson
                                b. Provide cost-share funds to offset expense of aerial gunning – Jim LaCour
 
                     4. Recommendation 4: Identify and support scientific research pertaining to feral hog
                        control
 
                B. Update from 2018 International Wild Pig Conference
                      1. Update on sodium nitrite and Hoggone® bait – Jim LaCour
 
VII.         Public Comments
 
VIII.        Announcement of next meeting date – 12 July 2018
 
IX.           Adjournment
 

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to Hold Special Meeting

Release Date: 04/23/2018

The Special Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

Agenda for Special Meeting

 

1.    Call to Order

2.    Pledge of Allegiance

3.    Roll Call

4.    Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

5.    Receive a Presentation and Consider a Declaration of Emergency to Set the Opening Date for the 2018 Spring Inshore Shrimp Season in the Area Between the Mississippi River and the Western Shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal – Peyton Cagle

6.    Public Comments

7.    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/6929541582448457731

 

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

LDWF to Hold Administrative Public Hearing on 2018-19 Hunting Season Rules and Regulations Tuesday in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 04/23/2018

April 23, 2018 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold an administrative public hearing on amendments made to the 2018-19 hunting season rules and regulations Tuesday (April 24) at LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge at 9 a.m. The hearing will take place in the Louisiana Room.
 
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) voted during its February meeting to amend the proposed notice of intent for the 2018-19 hunting seasons, rules and regulations.
 
The commission voted to alter the season structure for deer hunting areas 5 and 7.  
The new proposed dates for Deer Area 5 will occur earlier within the normal season framework, beginning with primitive firearms season, which will start Nov. 10, 2018.
 
The beginning and closing of archery season is all that will be affected in Deer Area 7. It will open Sept. 15, 2018, and close Jan. 15, 2019. The adjustment will allow Deer Area 7 to run concurrent with deer areas 3, 8 and 10.
 
An amendment to allow gill and trammel nets for commercial fishing on Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA) passed as did an amendment to close Bussey Brake WMA to all activities until further notice.
 
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulation changes, visit  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items .
 
For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov .
 
 

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Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Seed Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 04/23/2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 9:30 A.M.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

AGENDA

 

I.            Call to Order

II.           Pledge of Allegiance

III.          Discussion of the Draft Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting NOI- OTF

IV.          Public Comment

V.           Set next meeting

VI.         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/2550893754925008387

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.govat least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

Shrimp Task Force to Meet April 25

Release Date: 04/20/2018

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

Wednesday, April 25, 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 December 6, 2017 meeting minutes and of the April 25, 2018 Agenda

IV.          Treasury Report

A.    Budget Report- LDWF

B.    Financial Disclosure Filing Reminder

V.            Federal Shrimp Permit Report-STF

VI.          New Business

A.     To Hear a Presentation on the 2018 Spring Shrimp Season- LDWF

B.    To Hear an Update on the Louisiana Artificial Reef Program- LDWF

C.    To Hear Discussion on the Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program Rules and Regulations- STF

D.    To Hear Date Proposals to Reschedule the STF Washington, D.C. Trip- STF

E.    Discussion of Gear Restrictions on 4 Rig Boats Shrimping with in the 3-Mile Line- STF

F.    To Discuss STF Seat Vacancies and Member Absentee and Alternate Fill-In Notices- STF

G.    Officer Elections and Alternate Designees

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/8812099003133246465

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.govat least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

LDWF to Open Shrimp Season in a Portion of Louisiana Offshore Waters April 24, 2018

Release Date: 04/20/2018

LDWF to Open Shrimp Season in a Portion of Louisiana Offshore Waters April 24, 2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced that shrimp season will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on April 24, 2018, in a portion of state outside waters seaward of Vermillion Bay.

The area extends from the inside/outside shrimp line seaward to the 3-mile line, from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the channel red buoy line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude. 

According to the most recent data collected by LDWF biologists, small white shrimp which have over-wintered in these waters from December through the present time have reached marketable sizes and the closure is no longer necessary.

Click the image above or http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons for a map detailing this opening.

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle (337) 491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov.

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 04/19/2018

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The meeting will convene at 9:00 a.m. in the second-floor conference room of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.  

Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

1.             Roll Call of Board Members

2.             Approval of agenda

3.             Approval of Minutes from October 3, 2017 Meeting

4.             Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Mark Tinney 

5.             Receive Public Comments

6.             Set next meeting date

7.             Adjournment

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF. 

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.

For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov.  

Recreational Greater Amberjack Season to Reopen

Release Date: 04/19/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the recreational greater amberjack season will reopen in Louisiana waters on May 1, 2018, and remain open through May 31, 2018. The recreational fixed closed season from June 1, 2018, through July 31, 2018 will remain in effect. Following the fixed closed season, the recreational season will reopen on August 1, 2018, and remain open until October 31, 2018, or until the annual quota is met or projected to be met.   
 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries had temporarily closed the season prior to promulgating new spring and fall recreational greater amberjack seasons.
 
LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in previously promulgated rules (LAC 76.VII.335.G.5) to change or modify the opening and closing dates for any recreational reef fish season in Louisiana waters when notified of a modification to a season in federal waters adjacent to Louisiana by NOAA Fisheries.
 
For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance @wlf.la.gov.

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