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Fourchon Oilman’s Association, Bayou Community Foundation Award Grant to Assist LDWF Sea Turtle Research

Release Date: 04/11/2018

LDWF's Mandy Tumlin (center) accepts a grant check from Fourchon Oilman's Assocation.

April 11, 2018 – The Fourchon Oilman’s Association (FOA), in conjunction with the Bayou Community Foundation (BCF), recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) to assist the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) with research on sea turtles in Lafourche Parish.
 
LDWF began conducting sea turtle research in Lafourche Parish in December 2014 and performs biannual sampling each year. This grant will support spring and fall sampling trips in 2018.
 
The grant was one of 11 presented by FOA and BCF to local nonprofits with grant awards totaling $35,000. The grants were selected and funded by the FOA from proceeds of the 2017 FOA Invitational Fishing Rodeo and distributed through BCF as part of an ongoing partnership between the two local foundations.
 
“The members of FOA are committed to giving back to our Lafourche and Terrebonne communities that support our local industry and the thousands of men and women here who work in our oil and gas industry,’’ FOA President Eddie Callais said. “We are excited to once again provide grants to local nonprofits that are doing great work to educate students of all ages, train our workforce, care for the sick, conserve our wildlife and fisheries and create a better quality of life for everyone.”
 
“This grant will allow LDWF to obtain valuable observations, measurements, samples and data regarding sea turtles,’’ LWFF Executive Director Sam Barbera III said. “This is the first partnership between LWFF and FOA and the grant funding further underscores FOA and BCF’s efforts to conserve the wildlife of Louisiana.’’
 
For more information on FOA and BCF go to www.fourchonoilmans.com or www.bayoucf.org.
 
LWFF, a non-profit public charitable foundation, was created in 1995. Its goals are to aid LDWF in habitat conservation, youth recruitment, environmental education and training, natural resource research and management, regulation enforcement and financial assistance to LDWF programs.
 
The Foundation receives no public funding and depends entirely upon contributions from individual and corporate donors. Encouraging cooperation and support for LDWF programs is the major focus of LWFF, accomplished by connecting people and businesses with Louisiana’s natural resources.
  
To donate to the Foundation or to volunteer, go to www.lawff.org or call 225-765-5100.
 

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LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses To Be Available At Field Offices

Release Date: 04/10/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new and renewals of commercial fishing licenses and motorboat registration from the following locations:  
   
Bourg Office

April 17-19, 2018 
467 Texas Gulf Road 
Bourg, LA 
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Lake Charles Office

April 24-26, 2018 
1213 North Lakeshore Drive 
Lake Charles, La. 
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

New Orleans Office
May 1-3, 2018 
2021 Lakeshore Drive Suite 210 
New Orleans, LA 
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Fishermen are reminded that acceptable forms of payment will include personal checks, cashier's checks, money orders and cash.  No credit cards. To avoid processing delays, those purchasing licenses are asked to bring their license renewal notices with them.   
   
 First-time applicants can apply by mail or in-person.  Renewals can be completed online at  www.wlf.la.gov. When applying in person you must provide the following: 

  • Resident applicants must provide proof of residency such as a Louisiana driver’s license, (held continuously for 12 months) voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.
  • Non-residents applicants must provide proof of residency from their domiciliary state, such as driver's license, voter's registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.
  • Applicants applying for a license in a business name must provide documentation showing proof of valid federal tax ID# assigned to business name and proof of authorized signature, or an occupational license will be required.

For commercial licenses inquiries, contact (225) 765-2898. 

 

 

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.

St. Bernard Man Cited for Crabbing Violations

Release Date: 04/10/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a St. Bernard man for alleged commercial fishing violations on April 2.

Agents cited Willard F. Guillot III, 55, for possessing commercial fish without a vessel license, possessing immature female crabs, and possessing crabs during a closed season.

While on patrol in the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet in St Bernard Parish, agents observed Guillot running crab traps.  Agents made contact with Guillot and found him in possession of a three crates of crabs.

The commercial harvest of female blue crabs is prohibited during the months of March and April.  Commercial fishermen are allotted two percent incidental take of immature female/female crabs for the total number of crabs in his possession.

Agents determined that the three crates contained 38 percent, 54 percent and 12 percent of female and immature female crabs.  Agents seized 350 pounds of crabs and returned them to the water.

Taking commercial fish without a vessel license carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Taking immature female crabs and female crabs during the closure each carry a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

LDWF Issues RFP to Begin Process for Allocation of Waterfowl Breeding Grounds Habitat Funds

Release Date: 04/09/2018

April 9, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) issued a   request for proposals (RFP) for breeding waterfowl habitat work through the next three years.
 
Since 1965, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has provided funding to support conservation of breeding-grounds habitat for migratory waterfowl and by statute allocates a portion of annual hunting license revenue for that purpose. Specifically, R.S. 56:104(A)(1)(b) states:
 
“An amount equal to ten percent of the fees collected from the sale of hunting licenses shall be dedicated by the commission to the development and preservation of breeding grounds for migratory waterfowl, the funds to be expended for such purposes through Ducks Unlimited, Inc. or under the direction of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at its discretion ...”
 
In the last eight years, an average of $319,465 annually has been awarded in two-year or three-year contracts for the protection, restoration and enhancement of breeding waterfowl habitat. The current contract expires on June 30, 2018. LDWF is soliciting three-year proposals for use of all or a portion of that funding during the July 2018 through June 2021 period.  Multiple contracts for partial amounts of the available funding have been awarded in the past at the discretion of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC).
 
The RFP process requires that proposals be submitted by May 25. Proposals may be submitted to the LDWF Waterfowl Program Manager via regular mail, fax, or e-mail at:
 
Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Program Manager
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA  70808
Office phone: 225-765-0456
Fax: 225-763-5456
E-mail: Lreynolds@wlf.la.gov
 
The top qualifying proposals, as determined by an initial review by the LDWF Waterfowl Section staff, will be presented to the LWFC at their monthly meeting on June 7, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Louisiana Room on the first floor of the LDWF Headquarters Building.  No more than five prospective grantees will be given 15 minutes to present proposals to the LWFC.  The Waterfowl Program Manager will inform prospective grantees about the need for a presentation no later than May 29.  A summary of the Waterfowl Section staff’s proposal evaluations will be prepared and presented to the LWFC at their meeting on July 3.
 
Following presentation of the Waterfowl Section’s evaluation, LWFC will make public selection of proposals for funding and the amount awarded.
 
To view the 2018 RFP, past proposals, and reports, go to:http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/breeding-waterfowl-habitat
 
For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or Lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.
 

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Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee to Meet April 10

Release Date: 04/09/2018

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 1:00 P.M.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

AGENDA

 

I.     Call to Order

II.    Pledge of Allegiance

III.   Discussion of Oyster Industry Commercial and Marketing Plan

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/6344542022443407619

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.

 

 

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee to Meet April 10

Release Date: 04/09/2018

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 1:00 P.M.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

AGENDA

 

I.     Call to Order

II.    Pledge of Allegiance

III.   Discussion of Oyster Industry Commercial and Marketing Plan

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/6344542022443407619

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.

 

 

Initial Results Negative For CWD in Northeast Louisiana But Testing Continues Within Buffer Zone

Release Date: 04/06/2018

April 6, 2017 – Initial sampling efforts by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes have not turned up any positive results of the disease.
 
LDWF has sampled 188 deer from the three parishes, located in northeast Louisiana, with results received back on 114 of the specimens on April 3, with no positives detected. The results from the other 74 samples will be received within the next three weeks while additional sampling continues inside the buffer zone area within these parishes.
 
The sampling measures are part of LDWF’s CWD Response Plan. It was triggered by the discovery of a buck that tested positive for CWD in Issaquena County, Mississippi, on Jan. 25. Issaquena County borders northeast Louisiana and the deer was found only a few miles from the Louisiana border on the east side of the Mississippi River.
 
LDWF’s target sample size is 300 deer within the buffer zone, which is within 25 miles of the case in Issaquena County. This sample size will provide a 95 percent confidence interval that sampling would detect CWD at a prevalence rate of 1 percent. LDWF continues to work with private landowners to obtain consent for sampling efforts and would like to thank landowners who have been willing to assist and cooperate with LDWF’s sampling project.
 
Mississippi has also sampled in the area in its state and, with 158 results back, has not detected the disease outside the one case in Issaquena County.
 
In addition to the LDWF sampling, supplemental deer feeding in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes has been suspended as part of the response plan.
 
CWD is a neurodegenerative disease found in most deer species, including moose, elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. It is infectious and always fatal. It is part of a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and is similar to BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy or mad cow disease) of cattle and scrapie in sheep. These diseases cause irreversible damage to brain tissue that leads to salivation, neurological symptoms, emaciation and death of the animal.
 
Deer infected with CWD can spread the disease even before symptoms develop. It can take one to two years for infected animals to become symptomatic. When symptoms appear, they can include emaciation, lethargy, abnormal behavior and loss of bodily functions. Other signs include excessive salivation, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, excessive thirst and urination, teeth grinding and drooping ears.
For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/CWD
 
 
 

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LWF Commission Modifies Rules for Approved Domestic Aquatic Organisms

Release Date: 04/06/2018

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission modified the rules and regulations for approved Aquatic Organisms to include the native Shovelnose sturgeon.
 
This action will allow the development of additional aquaculture business in Louisiana while providing safeguards to assist in protecting native fish species.
 
Permit restrictions and the full notice of intent are available here.
 
Persons interested in providing public comment should do so by June 1 to Robert Bourgeois, LDWF Fisheries Permit Manager, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 or via email to rbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.

LWF Commission to Modify Reef Fish Harvest Regulations

Release Date: 04/06/2018

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission considered a Notice of Intent (NOI) to modify rules and regulations for the harvest of reef fish in Louisiana waters in order to establish consistency with federal regulations, providing a simplified regulatory framework for anglers. 
 
Recreational Bag Limit Changes:

  • Reduction from 2 to no more than 1 gray triggerfish per person within the 20 fish aggregate limit. (Aggregate includes Vermilion snapper, lane snapper, gray triggerfish, almaco jack, goldface tilefish, and blueline tilefish).
  • Reduction from 4 to no more than 2 red grouper per person within the 4 grouper aggregate limit. (Aggregate includes speckled hind, black grouper, red grouper, snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, warsaw grouper, gag grouper, and scamp). 
  • Reduction from 10 to no more than 5 mutton snapper per person within the 10 fish aggregate limit. (Aggregate includes queen, mutton, blackfin, cubera, gray, silk, yellowtail, snappers, and wenchman).

Commercial Trip Limit Changes:

  • Increase in commercial trip limit of gray triggerfish from 12 to 16 fish per trip.

Recreational Size Limit Changes:

  • Increase in size limit of hogfish from 12 to 14 inches fork length.
  • Increase in size limit of gray triggerfish from 14 to 15 inches fork length.
  • Increase in size limit of mutton snapper from 16 to 18 inches total length.

Commercial Size Limit Changes:

  • Increase in size limit of gray triggerfish from 14 to 15 inches fork length.
  • Increase in the size limit of mutton snapper from 16 to 18 inches total length.
  • Increase in size limit of gag grouper from 22 to 24 inches total length.

Recreational Season Changes:

  • The greater amberjack season will close from January 1 through April 30 and from November 1 through December 31 of each year in addition to the regularly scheduled June 1 through July 31 closure.
  • The gray triggerfish season will close from January 1 through the end of February each year in addition to the regularly scheduled June 1 through July 31 closure.

The full notice of intent is available here.
  
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Jason Adriance via email to jadriance@wlf.la.gov prior to June 7, 2018.

Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association to Hold Annual Convention at Woodworth Shooting Range on April 7

Release Date: 04/04/2018

April 4, 2018 – The Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association will hold its annual convention at Woodworth Shooting Range in Woodworth on Saturday (April 7) beginning at 8 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
 
The event will include trapping and skinning demonstrations, youth and children’s events and a live and silent auction. Lunch can be purchased onsite.
 
Woodworth Shooting Range is located at 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth in Rapides Parish.
 
For more information, contact Tony Howard at 318-423-7860.
 

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