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Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet June 25 at 9:30 a.m.

Release Date: 06/21/2019

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The meeting will convene at 9:30 a.m. at the Belle Chasse Auditorium located at 8398 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037.

  

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

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Approval of Agenda

5. Approval of Minutes from May 14, 2019 Meeting

6. Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals

a. M/V Chris, Inc.

7. Receive Public Comments

8. Set Next Meeting Date

9. 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, 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.    

 

Bodcau Shooting Range to be Closed June 21-23 Due to Loss of Utility Services, LDWF Announces

Release Date: 06/21/2019

June 21, 2019 – The Bodcau Shooting Range will be closed Friday through Sunday (June 21-23) due to loss of utility services from a thunderstorm that passed through the area Wednesday (June 19), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The shooting range will reopen when services are restored.
 
The Bodcau Shooting Range is located on the Bodcau Wildlife Management Area in Bossier and Webster parishes. For more information on this and other LDWF ranges go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/shooting-ranges.
 

Louisiana Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through June 9

Release Date: 06/21/2019

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
June 21, 2019

Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' near real-time data collection program, is 200,890 pounds, or 25 percent of Louisiana’s allocation. This estimate covers the period through June 9, 2019. 

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 EFP according to landings estimates from LA Creel.

The private recreational red snapper season began on Friday, 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 .

Un-designation of a Portion of Public Oyster Seed Grounds Finalized

Release Date: 06/20/2019

Un-designation of a Portion of Public Oyster Seed Grounds Finalized

News Release

For Immediate Release
June 20, 2019

Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

BATON ROUGE, La.--A rule to un-designate a portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River has been finalized by publication in the Louisiana State Register. This action will not become effective until the first lottery phase of the oyster moratorium lifting process commences. 

Lifting the long-standing oyster lease moratorium and turning some public oyster grounds into leasable areas is part of an ongoing effort by the state to assist the oyster industry in adapting to changing coastal conditions.   Governor Edwards challenged both the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority (CPRA) to find ways to help the fishing industries of Louisiana identify options to remain viable.  Providing oyster producers with an opportunity to develop productive reefs in new areas is one such option identified as an available adaptation strategy.

“The state is giving up these public oyster seed grounds to help provide the oyster industry with an opportunity to move to more productive areas – to adapt to both natural and man-made changes in coastal Louisiana, including erosion and shifting salinity levels,” explained LDWF Assistant Secretary Patrick Banks. “With over 1.7 million acres of public oyster grounds, the state does not have the resources to develop oyster reefs everywhere.  One of the best things we can do is make this area available for private investment through our oyster leasing process.”

Approximately 40,248 acres of the public grounds in Bay Eloi and northern Breton Sound will no longer be designated as an oyster seed ground upon commencement of the first lottery phase of the oyster moratorium lifting process (also described as Phase Four of Section 2 of Act 595 of the 2016 Regular Session of the Legislature). This acreage only consists of 4 percent of the Public Oyster Seed Ground area east of the Mississippi River. 

The area is described below:

 

a. North Breton Sound

i. 89 degrees 24 minutes 00.000 seconds W
29 degrees 41 minutes 00.468 seconds N;

ii. 89 degrees 24 minutes 00.000 seconds W
29 degrees 34 minutes 30.000 seconds N;

 iii. 89 degrees 27 minutes 56.000 seconds W
29 degrees 34 minutes 30.000 seconds N;

iv. 89 degrees 27 minutes 56.000 seconds W
29 degrees 41 minutes 12.400 seconds N;

v. following the current public oyster seed ground boundary line and shorelines back to point of beginning.

 

b. Bay Eloi

i. 89 degrees 17 minutes 12.190 seconds W
29 degrees 45 minutes 49.160 seconds N;

ii. 89 degrees 23 minutes 46.500 seconds W
29 degrees 41 minutes 09.948 seconds N;

iii. following the current public oyster seed ground boundary line and shorelines back to point of beginning.

 

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 Stocks Florida Largemouth Bass in Iatt Lake

Release Date: 06/20/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recently stocked Iatt Lake in Grant Parish with 551,000 Florida largemouth bass fry. The stocking follows a series of four consecutive drawdowns on the lake designed to improve sport fish habitat and reduce nuisance aquatic vegetation coverage.
 
Last year, 1,267,000 Florida largemouth bass fry were introduced into the lake, and department biologists plan to request another half million fry in 2020.   
 
The Florida largemouth bass stocking program is designed to provide anglers with an opportunity to catch a trophy bass. The Florida bass subspecies is known to grow larger than the native northern subspecies of largemouth bass. Data shows the opportunity for anglers to catch a larger than average size bass is increased in waterbodies where the Florida gene is successfully integrated into the existing bass population.
 
The stocked fry were raised at the LDWF Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in Forest Hill.   
 
For more information concerning Iatt Lake, contact Rick McGuffee, rmcguffee@wlf.la.gov.

Oyster Task Force to Meet June 25

Release Date: 06/20/2019

Mitch Jurisich, Chairman

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 1 p.m.

Belle Chasse Auditorium

8398 LA-23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037

 

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

       1. LOTF financial report and oyster tag sales

 

V. Committee reports

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

       2. Enforcement (Major Edward Skena)

       3. Legislatiave (Jakov Jurisic)

       4. Research (Earl Melancon)

       5. Coastal resoration (Dan Coulon)

       6. Marketing (LDWF)

       7. Health (Justin Gremillion)

       8. Professionalism (LDWF)

       9. Aquaculture

       10. Joint Task Force Working Group

 

VI. New business

       1. To discuss an amendment to the Governor's request for a Federal Disaster 

                Declaration for Louisiana fisheries (OTF)

        2. To hear a report on oyster mortality surveys related to the 2019 flood event 

                (LDWF)

        3. To discuss the Oyster Lease Moratorium lifting NOI (OTF)

        4. To discuss the regulations and enforcement of oyster lease marking poles (OTF)

        5. To discuss and consider funding for a summer OTF trip to Washington D.C. (OTF)

        6. To consider funding to sponsor the 2020 Louisiana Alive event (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: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8359863283004815115

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.

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.

Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration/ Research Committee to Meet June 25

Release Date: 06/20/2019

OTF Coastal Restoration/ Research Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 10 a.m.

Belle Chasse Auditorium

8398 LA-23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037

 

AGENDA

 

I.              Pledge of allegiance 

II.             Roll call and introduction of guests

III.            New business

                a. To discuss the scientific investigation of oyster genetics in Louisiana and the 

                     benefits for the oyster industry

                b. To discuss the meaning of adaptation as it pertains to a scientist and to a 

                    commercial fisherman

                c. To discuss the impacts of reductions in salinity on the oyster industry 

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/8476015691367215629

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.

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.

Shrimp Task Force to Meet Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m.

Release Date: 06/20/2019

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

Friday, June 21, 2019, 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 June 7, 2019 Shrimp Task Force Special Meeting Minutes

IV. Approval of June 21, 2019 special meeting agenda

V. New Business

A. To Consider Funding for a Summer 2019 Shrimp Task Force Washington, D.C. Trip- STF

VI. Public Comment

VII. Set Next Meeting- next meeting set for Wednesday, July 31, 2019 for 10:00am in Houma

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/3082352605191340044

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.

 

Commercial Shrimp Bycatch Study Sign-Up Extended

Release Date: 06/19/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has extended the sign-up date indefinitely for its commercial shrimp bycatch study. To ensure the study’s success, participation from a wide range of commercial shrimpers from each major basin and who utilize all major types of gear are needed.
 
The study was requested by the shrimp industry to assist in its pursuit of a sustainability certification. The study characterizes bycatch data during commercial shrimping trips throughout state waters. Bycatch data is one of the major components necessary to fulfill the requirements of a sustainability certification.
 
LDWF has partnered with LGL Limited to conduct the study. Through this partnership, LGL Limited staff will ride along with commercial shrimp vessels for observation. Commercial fishermen will retain all shrimp and other commercial harvest sampled onboard their vessel. The remainder of the catch will either be processed onboard or held for later processing, depending on conditions.  
 
The department will provide LGL Limited staff with the names and contact information of participating fishermen to schedule a trip during the assigned time period. Trips have been predetermined based on historical effort by basin, gear and season.
 
Participating fishermen randomly drawn for each 48-hour trip will receive $350 per day or $700 per completed trip.  
 
To register, click here.
 
If you have questions about the program, or want more information, contact Peyton Cagle (337) 491-2575 or  pcagle@wlf.la.gov .

Gov. Edwards Requests Federal Disaster Declaration for Flooded Fisheries

Release Date: 06/17/2019

BATON ROUGE, La. –Gov. John Bel Edwards announced today that he has requested a federal fisheries disaster declaration for Louisiana from the U.S. Department of Commerce following impacts of the spring flood flight on the fishing industry in Louisiana.

Troubling mortality rates among oysters, declining fish catches and the financial damage to the livelihoods of those in the fishing industry caused by floodwaters rushing from the Bonnet Carré Spillway were among the reasons for the request, which Gov. Edwards outlined in a letter to Wilbur Ross, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“Such a declaration of a federal disaster for Louisiana may help in obtaining federal financial assistance for our fishers, processors, docks, and for the state to help rehabilitate the important fishery species upon which our seafood industry relies,” Gov. Edwards wrote.

The Governor cited findings from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that show negative impacts on the fishing industry in his letter to Secretary Ross.

The disaster declaration is driven by the unprecedented decision to operate the Bonnet Carré Spillway twice this year, which has resulted in reduced salinity levels in some of the state’s coastal waters and disrupted estuarine productivity.

Click here to read Governor Edwards’ letter.

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