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Portion of South Bayou Natchitoches Road on Grassy Lake WMA Reopened, LDWF Announces

Release Date: 07/24/2019

July 24, 2019 - The portion of South Bayou Natchitoches Road from the Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) entrance to Bayou Des Sot Bridge has been reopened, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
The road was closed due to flooding. All other roads on the WMA will be reopened once flooding recedes and the roads are safe for travel.

Grassy Lake WMA is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville. For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-735-8692 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-735-8683 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

Early Start to Bundick Lake Drawdown

Release Date: 07/24/2019

Bundick Lake’s water control gate was opened last Friday, July 19 by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development in anticipation of heavy rainfall from Hurricane Barry. DOTD has specific protocols in place for flood control during inclement weather, including the opening and closing of water control gates.
 
During the closure of the drawdown gate, following passage of Barry, a critical component of the gate’s mechanical system malfunctioned, preventing its closure. The drawdown of Bundick Lake was originally scheduled to begin on August 1, but due to the gate malfunction, has already begun.
 
The drawdown gate is still scheduled to close on or about November 29, 2019, to allow water levels to return to normal. The lake level will be lowered 8 feet below pool stage at the rate of 2 to 4 inches per day.   
 
LDWF would like to remind private landowners that lake levels will fluctuate with rainfall and to take advantage of low water levels to complete projects in a timely fashion.   
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Sean Kinney, LDWF Biologist Manager, at skinney@wlf.la.gov(337) 491-2575. 

AMENDED: Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet July 30, 1:00 p.m.

Release Date: 07/24/2019

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting
Mitch Jurisich, Chairman Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 1 p.m.
East Bank Regional Library
4747 W. Napoleon Ave, Metairie, LA 70001
I. Pledge of Allegiance
II. Roll call and introduction of guests
III. Approval of May 14, 2019 Minutes and June 25, 2019 Agenda
IV. Treasury Report
A. LOTF Financial Report & Oyster Tag Sales
V. Committee Reports
A. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee (Mitch Jurisich)
B. Enforcement (Major Edward Skena)
C. Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
D. Research (Earl Melancon)
E. Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
F. Marketing (LDWF)
G. Health (Justin Gremillion)
H. Aquaculture
I. Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)
VI. New Business
A. To Discuss the 2019-2020 Public Oyster Seed Grounds Season- LDWF
B. To Hear a Report on Oyster Mortality Surveys Related to the 2019 Flood Event- LDWF
C. Resolution on Gulf Hypoxia, Comments on Louisiana Nutrient Management Strategy-
Doug Daigle
D. To Consider Funding for Task Force Member Travel, Conference Fees, and Membership Dues for the 2019 Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference- OTF
E. To Hear an Update on the 2019 Summer Oyster Task Force Trip to Washington, D.C.-
OTF
F.  To Discuss a State Based Assistance Program for LA Oystermen due to the Current
Flooding Crisis and Loss of Oyster Resources- OTF
G. To Discuss the Effects of Hurricane Barry in Terrebonne Parish- OTF
H. To Consider Recommendations for the Chair of the OTF Aquaculture Committee- OTF
VII.Public Comment
VIII. Set Next Meeting
IX. 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
 
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.

Louisiana Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through July 7

Release Date: 07/19/2019

Baton Rouge, La. -- The latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' (LDWF) near real-time data collection program, is 466,001 pounds, or 57 percent of Louisiana’s allocation. This estimate covers the period through July 7. 

The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 816,439 pounds of red snapper approved under the Exempted Fishing Permit, according to landings estimates from LA Creel. The EFP allows the state to manage the private recreational red snapper fishery in both state and federal waters.  

The private recreational red snapper season began May 24 in both state and federal waters. This season will run weekends only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including the Monday of Memorial Day and Thursday of Fourth of July) with a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size limit.

Louisiana is operating under its second year of an 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 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). 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.

LDWF Announces Closure of Youngblood Landing Road on Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 07/19/2019

July 19, 2019 – Youngblood Landing Road on Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is closed due to a culvert failure, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The closure prevents access to the public boat launch and camping area.
 
The road will reopen once repairs have been completed.  
  
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
 

Hunt Road on Dewey W. Wills WMA to Reopen July 19, LDWF Announces

Release Date: 07/19/2019

July 19, 2019 – Hunt Road on Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will reopen Friday (July 19) at 4 p.m., the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. Access will be limited to passenger vehicles towing utility trailers, if necessary.
 
Sandy Bayou Road and Muddy Bayou Road remain closed until water recedes and repairs have been made. 
  
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
 

Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Training to be Held August 7 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 07/18/2019

 B-roll of interview of Alayna McGarry with VIP

This August, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, will be hosting their last scheduled free* Aquatic Volunteer Instructor workshop for 2019 in Baton Rouge. It will be held on Wednesday, August 7th, from 8:30 to 4:30 at LDWF’s Waddill Wildlife Refuge and is open to all. 

Through LDWF’s Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program (Aquatic VIP), volunteers will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to teach today’s youth about fishing and other fishing related topics. This program is a perfect opportunity for teachers, Scout leaders, homeschoolers, and anyone who is passionate about fishing and the outdoors!

At this hands-on workshop led by LDWF biologists, you’ll receive the training necessary to become a volunteer instructor, a vital 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, fish identification, fisheries management, and more. All attendees will be provided with lesson plans and activity guides for grades K-12, as well as additional educational materials.

After completing the 8-hour workshop and passing a background check, volunteers can 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.

To find out more information or to sign up online, please visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs. If you cannot make it to this workshop but have a group of people interested in taking this training together, then we can come to your area and set-up a private workshop. For any questions about the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program or to set-up your private workshop, contact Alayna Ader at (504)286-4050 or at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov.

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

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.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) also supports this program. 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.

LDWF Accepting Applications for Lottery Deer and Waterfowl Hunts

Release Date: 07/16/2019

July 16, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for lottery deer and waterfowl hunts on LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) for the 2019-2020 hunting season. 
 
Lottery hunts for deer and waterfowl will be held for persons with disabilities, including veterans, on select WMAs; see the application for selections.  A general waterfowl lottery hunt will be held on Sherburne WMA. 
 
Lottery hunts for deer and waterfowl will be held for youth, those hunters between the ages of 10-17, on select WMAs. Note that a youth under the age of 10 may apply, provided he or she will be 10 on or before the date of the hunt for which they apply. 
 
Additionally, general deer lottery hunts will be held on select Louisiana Office of State Parks Property; see the application for selections. 
 
These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, unique experience. Details on qualifications, application requirements, application deadlines and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms.
 
Successful applications will be selected by a random computer drawing. Applications for the deer lottery hunts must be submitted to LDWF by August 31. Applications for the waterfowl hunts must be submitted by Sept. 28. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application. 
 
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts. Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge or by mail. The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000. 
 
For more information contact David Hayden (dhayden@wlf.la.gov) or Steve Smith (ssmith@wlf.la.gov) by email or at 318-487-5885. 
 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Warns Public Not to Feed Alligators

Release Date: 07/16/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Warns Public Not to Feed Alligators

July 16, 2019 – The high waters around the state this spring and summer have resulted in more alligator sightings. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Alligator Program warns the public not to feed them as doing so can create a potentially dangerous situation for you and others who utilize the water.
 
When alligators are fed by humans, they start associating people with an easy food source bringing them in much closer proximity to people than they normally would. This can lead to increased opportunity for dangerous conflict between people and alligators. Simply put, they may see humans as source of food once they become accustomed to being fed, according LDWF experts.
 
“When alligators are fed by humans they overcome their fear and natural shyness and become attracted to humans,’’ said LDWF Alligator Program Manager Jeb Linscombe.  “That is why it is so vital not to feed or entice them. We also strongly recommend to use caution when swimming at any time in areas frequented by alligators.”
 
Always maintain a safe distance between yourself and alligators. And never offer them food, and remember that although you may not be intending to feed alligators, when you discard fish scraps into the water or attempt to feed other aquatic wildlife, you may be inadvertently feeding alligators as well.
  
LDWF recommends these “do’s” and “don’t’s” when coming in contact with alligators:
·         Do use common sense and precautions.
·         Do inform others that feeding alligators creates safety problems for those who want to use the water for recreational purposes.
          Don’t allow small children to play by themselves around water bodies that may contain alligators.
          Don’t throw fish scraps into the water or leave them on shore. Although you are not intentionally feeding alligators the end result can be the same.
·         Do dispose of fish scraps in garbage cans at boat ramps or fish camps.
·         Do enjoy viewing and photographing wild alligators from a safe distance.·        
 
Per state law, it is illegal to kill, harass, molest or attempt to move alligators.
Don’t remove any alligators from their natural habitat or accept one as a pet. In addition to being illegal, the potential for being bitten or injured by a provoked alligator is high. Alligators do not become tame in captivity and handling even small ones may result in bites. In particular, never go near hatchling/young alligators or pick them up. They may seem harmless, but the mother alligator may be nearby and may protect her young for at least two years.
 
Anyone experiencing problems with nuisance alligators may contact any LDWF office to make a nuisance alligator complaint.
 
The LDWF’s Alligator Program website portal (lagatorprogram.com) provides other details on alligators, including habitat and historical data. LDWF’s sustained use Alligator Program is separated into three categories: wild alligator management, alligator farming/ranching and nuisance alligators.
 
For more information, go to the LDWF website alligator page or contact Jeb Linscombe at jlinscombe@wlf.la.gov.
 
 

LDWF Reopens Elmer’s Island after Hurricane Barry

Release Date: 07/16/2019

LDWF has reopened Elmer’s Island today, the effects of Hurricane Barry have passed and is safe for visitors.
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.
 

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