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LWF Commission Modifies Rules for the Importation of Sterlet Sturgeon

Release Date: 12/12/2017

At its mothly meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission considered a Notice of Intent (NOI) to modify rules and regulations for the importation of Sterlet sturgeon into the state.
 
The following stipulations were added to existing regulations for importation of this species to address safety and importation concerns expressed by the House Natural Resource Committee.
 
Shipments of Sterlet sturgeon into Louisiana must be escorted from the state line to the permitted facility by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement or other department approved escorts.
 
In addition, requests for the importation of Sterlet sturgeon from out of state must be made 10 business days before the expected date of shipment, instead of the previously required 3-day notice.
 
There will be a public meeting on the amended NOI on January 24, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the Louisiana Room at LDWF Headquarters in Baton Rouge.
 
Permit restrictions, the full notice of intent and potpourri are available here: 
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items 
 
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Robert Bourgeois, LDWF Permit Manager, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 or via email to rbourgeois@wlf.la.gov  prior to January 24, 2018.

LWFC Honors Commissioner Pat Manuel at December Commission Meeting

Release Date: 12/11/2017

(l-r) Chairman Chad Courville, Bart Yakupzak, Jerri Smitko, Manuel, Vice Chairman Bill Hogan, Robert Samanie III, Alfred Sunseri

Dec. 11, 2017 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission honored Commissioner Pat Manuel with a plaque during its December meeting in Baton Rouge. Manuel, an at-large member of the commission for the past six years, completes his term on the board Tuesday (Dec. 12) and attended his final meeting as a commissioner on Dec. 7.
 
Commission members honoring Manuel include (l-r) Chairman Chad Courville, Bart Yakupzak, Jerri Smitko, Manuel, Vice Chairman Bill Hogan, Robert Samanie III and Alfred Sunseri.

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

Release Date: 12/11/2017

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 10:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Call to Order

II.             Discussion of the RFP for Breton Sound Public Seed Grounds- Earl Melancon

III.           Discussion of the Oyster Lease Relocation Program- LDWF

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

V.             Public Comment

VI.           Set next meeting

      VII.         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/2938516680730089729

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.

 

 
 

Commercial Fishing for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks to Open in State Waters January 1

Release Date: 12/07/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the commercial fishing season for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks will open in Louisiana waters at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2018. Federal waters will also open in the Gulf of Mexico at this time.
 
The commercial and recreational season for the harvest of all sharks in Louisiana state waters will be closed from 12:01 a.m. on April 1, 2018, until 12:01 p.m. on July 1, 2018, per an existing fixed seasonal closure to protect shark pupping. The commercial season will remain open in Federal waters until 80 percent of the federal quota for a given fishery has been harvested or is projected to be harvested in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
During the open season, commercial harvest of Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks and Pelagic Sharks are regulated by the existing federal and state rules regarding trip limits, allowable species, and requirements for permits and landings as laid out in federal and state regulations. 
 
The Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Shark group is composed of the great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse shark, blacktip shark, bull shark, lemon shark, silky shark, spinner shark, and tiger shark. While sandbar shark are a member of the Large Coastal Shark group, only specifically designated federally permitted vessels may take sandbar shark while operating under conditions of that research permit. 
 
Commercial fishing for Small Coastal Sharks will also resume in Louisiana waters on January 1 through December 31, 2018, or until 80 percent of the federal quota has been met. The commercial Small Coastal Shark fishery consists of bonnethead shark, Atlantic sharpnose shark, blacknose shark and finetooth shark. Blacknose sharks, though part of the Small Coastal Shark group, are managed under a separate quota that is linked to the overall Small Coastal Shark quota. The Small Coastal Group fishery remained open for all of 2017.
 
There is no allowable harvest at any time for all Prohibited Species, which include basking shark, white shark, bigeye sand tiger, sand tiger, whale shark, smalltooth sawfish, largetooth sawfish, Atlantic angel shark, Caribbean sharpnose shark, smalltail shark, bignose shark, Caribbean reef shark, dusky shark, Galapagos shark, narrowtooth shark, night shark, bigeye sixgill shark, bigeye thresher shark, longfin mako, sevengill shark and sixgill shark.
 
For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov.

Twelve Juvenile Whooping Cranes Released into the Wild at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge

Release Date: 12/07/2017

Whooping cranes released from Rockefeller holding pen.
Whooping cranes released from Rockefeller holding pen.

Dec. 7, 2017 – Twelve juvenile whooping cranes were released into the wild Wednesday (Dec. 6) at the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge near Grand Chenier as part of an ongoing effort to protect the species from extinction. These 12 cranes join 11 juvenile whooping cranes, which were released on Nov. 9 on the nearby White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WLWCA) in Vermilion Parish.
 
The 12 whooping cranes were released into a holding pen at Rockefeller on Nov. 14 for observation as they acclimated to their new home then were released Wednesday.
 
The 23 juvenile cranes are part of an experimental population that now numbers 72 in the Louisiana wild being monitored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).
 
Support of partners including Chevron, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Audubon Nature Institute, U.S. Geological Survey, Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, International Crane Foundation and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation have allowed LDWF to expand its effort in Louisiana.
 
Of the 12 cranes, seven were reared at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland, two were raised at Calgary Zoo in Canada and three were hatched from eggs collected from the wild in Wisconsin and reared at the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center in New Orleans.
 
Since 2011, Chevron has invested in LDWF’s Whooping Crane Reintroduction Project. In addition to Chevron’s financial contributions their employees have also given volunteer hours.
 
The Louisiana flock was developed in 2011 when 10 whooping cranes from the U.S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Facility in Maryland were released to WLWCA to develop the non-migratory flock. This marked a significant conservation milestone with the first wild whooping cranes in Louisiana since 1950. In 2016, the first chick hatched in the wild in Louisiana since 1939, a significant sign of recovery for the species.
 
Anyone encountering a whooping crane is advised to observe the bird from a distance and to report the sighting to LDWF (http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/whooping-crane-reporting-form). Whooping cranes are large-bodied, white birds with a red head and black facial markings along. Birds measure a height of five feet and a wingspan of 7 to 8 feet that makes them very distinctive. In flight, whooping cranes display black wing tips, a fully extended neck, and legs which extend well beyond the tail.
 
Anyone witnessing suspicious activity involving whooping cranes is advised to call the LDWF’s Enforcement Division at 1-800-442-2511 or use the tip411 program, which may offer a cash reward for information leading to arrests or convictions. To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge. Citizen Observer, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender. 
 
For video of the release, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCfa1mReB5s .

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Oyster Task Force to Meet Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 1 p.m.

Release Date: 12/07/2017

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 1 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

I.Roll call and introduction of guests

II.Approval of October 3, 2017 Meeting Minutes and December 12, 2017 Agenda

III.Treasury Report

A.      Oyster Tag Sales

B.      LOTF Financial Report

  IV.         Committee Reports

A.      Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)

B.      Enforcement (Major Chad Hebert)

C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.     Research (Earl Melancon)

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.      Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Justin Gremillion)

H.     Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

J.      Aquaculture (John Supan)

K.      Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)

    V.         New Business

A.     Discussion and Update on the 2017 Oyster Season

B.     Discussion of Opening Sabine Lake for Commercial Oyster Harvest - Leo Dyson- OTF

C.     Discussion of the Oyster Lease Acquisition Program- OTF

D.    To Consider Funding for the Summer Dermo Study- Thomas Soniat

E.     To Consider Funding Travel for LA Alive Assistants- OTF

  VI.         Public Comment

VII.         Set Next Meeting

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/9121718175865292290

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

 

Reminder: LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses To Be Available At Field Offices

Release Date: 12/05/2017

LDWF commercial license staff is at the New Orleans field office today through Thursday, near UNO's campus.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new and renewals of commercial fishing licenses and motorboat registration from the following locations: 
  

New Orleans Office
December 5-7, 2017
2021 Lakeshore Drive Suite 210
New Orleans, LA
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 

Lake Charles Office

December 12-14, 2017 
1213 North Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, La.
8 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.

 

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting to Meet Thursday, December 7

Release Date: 12/04/2017

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

 
1.     Call to Order

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of November 2, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

a.         Recognition and Presentation of Plaque to Commissioner Pat Manuel

b.         Recognition and Presentation of Certificate to former Colonel Joseph “Joey” Broussard

6.     Enforcement Report November 2017 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     Receive Update on Louisiana Black Bear Post De-Listing Monitoring – Maria Davidson, Program Manager

8.     Receive Update on Chronic Wasting Disease – Johnathan Bordelon, Deer Program Manager

9.     To consider amendment to previously approved Notice of Intent, to specifically address comments received from the House Natural Resources Committee (legislative oversight), with regard to safety and importation of Sterlet Sturgeon – Rob Bourgeois, Biologist

10.    Set April 2018 Commission Meeting Date

11.  Receive Public Comments

12.  Adjournment

To access a live stream of the event, please register for the October 2017 LWF Commission Meeting on November 2, 2017 9:30 AM CDT at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1755287138035478531 

 

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.

Wycoff Road on Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area Reopened

Release Date: 12/01/2017

Dec. 1, 2017 – Wycoff Road on Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has been reopened, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
The damaged portion of the road has been rerouted with a new access road to Hog Pen Lake, Ross Road, Lower Sunk Lake and Silver Lakes.
 
Richard K. Yancey WMA, which consists of 70,872 acres in Concordia Parish, lies between the Mississippi and Red rivers, beginning north of Lower Old River. It is located about 35 miles south of Ferriday on Louisiana Highway 15.  For more information on the WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/36994.
 
For information on this WMA contact Tony Vidrine @ 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov.

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Shrimp Task Force to Meet December 6 at 10 A.M.

Release Date: 12/01/2017

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

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

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and Introduction of Guests

II.             Approval of the October 18, 2017 meeting minutes and of the December 6, 2018 Agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget Report- LDWF

IV.            New Business

A.     To Consider Funding for Shrimp Task Force Members Travel to D.C. to Walk the Hill

V.              Public Comment

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/7408284335159298563

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.

 
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