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Shrimp Season to Open April 25 in a Portion of State Outside Waters

Release Date: 04/22/2019

Shrimp Season to Open April 25 in a Portion of State Outside Waters

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the portion of state outside waters between Calliou Boca and the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island shall reopen to shrimping at 12:00 p.m. on April 25, 2019. 

The area is defined as follows:

  • The eastern boundary line originates on the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at 29 degrees 02 minutes 46 seconds north latitude, -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude and ends at a point on the three -line as described in R.S. 56:495(A) at 28 degrees 59 minutes 30 seconds north latitude, -90 degrees 51 minutes 57 seconds west longitude.  The western boundary line originates at the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the red buoy line at 29 degrees 22 minutes 14.933 seconds north latitude, -91 degrees 22 minutes 58.916 degrees west longitude and ends at a point on the three mile line as described in R.S. 56:495(A) at 29 degrees 18 minutes 33.889 seconds north latitude, -91 degrees 26 minutes 16.049 seconds west longitude.

See above or click here for a map of the area.

The following state outside waters will remain closed to shrimping until further notice:

  • The portion of state outside waters west of Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island to the western shoreline of Freshwater Bayou Canal.

Recent biological sampling conducted by the department has indicated that small white shrimp, which have over-wintered in these waters from January through the present time, have reached marketable sizes and the closure is no longer necessary. Significant numbers of smaller size white shrimp still remain in state outside waters west of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal and these waters will remain closed to shrimping until further notice.  Notice of any opening, delaying or closing of a season by the Secretary will be made by public notice at least 72 hours prior to such action.

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

 

LDWF to Hold 15th Annual Step Outside Day on Saturday at Sherburne WMA

Release Date: 04/22/2019

April 22, 2019 - The 15th annual Step Outside Day, an outdoor education program hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), will be held Saturday (April 27) at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lottie on the northern end of the Atchafalaya Basin from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
The event, which is free, will take place next to scenic Big Alabama Bayou near Sherburne WMA headquarters.
 
Some of the events planned for Step Outside Day include pontoon boat rides, canoeing, target and trap shooting, fishing, archery and other outdoor activities. Children can take part in blue bird box building, turkey and duck calling and other learning events. All equipment will be provided.
 
Exhibits of wildlife and fish species and water safety will be available.
 
Refreshments and lunch will be provided as well as drawings for door prizes. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
 
The Sherburne WMA headquarters is located at 1132 Sherburne Road near Lottie. From U.S. Highway 190, take Sherburne (Louisiana Highway 975) exit and drive south approximately three miles. The venue will be on the left, near Big Alabama Bayou. From I-10, take the Whiskey Bay exit and drive North approximately 13 miles on Louisiana Highway 975. The venue will be on the right near Big Alabama Bayou.
 
For more information, call 337-262-2080.
 

The Artificial Reef Council will meet at 9:00 am on Tuesday, April 30

Release Date: 04/17/2019

The Artificial Reef Council will meet at 9:00 am on Tuesday, April 30th in the Joe L. Herring Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.

 

Agenda:

1. Introduction and Welcome

2. Approval of agenda

3. Approval of minutes

4. Reef Program updates

a. Nearshore & Offshore: Mike McDonough

b. Inshore & NRDA Rec Use: Ashley Ferguson

c. Monitoring: Zach Chain

5. An Overview of the BOEM Platform Removal Studies - Fisheries Impact Assessment: Benny Galloway

6. Proposed changes to Nearshore Planning Areas*

7. East Cameron 278 C (SARS proposal)*

8. Public Comments

9. Other business

10. Adjourn

*Action items for Council

 

LDWF to Hold Administrative Public Hearing on 2019-20 Hunting Season Rules and Regulations Monday in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 04/16/2019

April 16, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold an administrative public hearing on amendments made to the 2019-20 hunting season rules and regulations Monday (April 22) at LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge at 10 a.m. The hearing will take place in the Joe L. Herring Room.
 
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) voted during its February and March meetings to amend the proposed notice of intent for the 2019-20 hunting seasons, rules and regulations.
 
To view the full notice 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 .
 

Become an LDWF Aquatic Volunteer Instructor

Release Date: 04/15/2019

Become an LDWF Aquatic Volunteer Instructor

It's not too late to sign up and become a volunteer for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program! Join us at one of our upcoming workshops being offered on Saturday, April 27th, in Baton Rouge or on Wednesday May 1st, in New Orleans. Both workshops are free to attend and run from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.*

At this hands-on workshop taught by LDWF Biologists, you’ll receive the training you need to become a volunteer instructor and help LDWF increase fishing participation and wise utilization of our resources across the state. Topics and activities include knot tying, casting skills, basic fishing presentation, proper fish identification, fisheries management and more. A binder including lesson plans, activity guides and 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. For example, if you’ve always wanted to host your own fishing clinic for youth, but didn’t have the materials and resources, then this is your solution! We can provide rods and reels with basic tackle, a knot tying kit, arts and crafts activities and more.

To find out more information or to see the entire list of upcoming workshops, 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 in the Baton Rouge or New Orleans area but have a group of interested persons that would like to be trained, reach out to Alayna McGarry. We will travel to your location for groups of 10 or more people.

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.

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

 

Benton’s Rylie Duos Excels in Archery in Louisiana Schools Program and Helping Special Needs Children

Release Date: 04/15/2019

Benton Elementary's Rylie Duos.

April 15, 2019 - Caroline Rylie Duos wouldn’t take no for an answer. Determined to help special needs children like herself, Duos, only 6 at the time, kept telling her mother, Jessi Duos, she wanted to come up with a plan to raise money.
 
“I thought it was sweet but I kind of blew it off,’’ said Jessi of Benton. “But she kept talking about it and talking about it.’’
 
One day, Rylie, who has cerebral palsy, and a friend were designing t-shirts and Jessi asked what was going on.
 
“She said, ‘I’m designing t-shirts so we can sell them and raise money for kids with special needs,’ ’’ Jessi said. “She kept pushing. So I finally talked to some people and decided to go ahead and go all in with the foundation.’’
 
In 2016, Rylie’s dream came true when CRD (Caroline Rylie Duos) No Limits Foundation was created. She’s now 11 and a fifth grader at Benton Elementary School. The foundation has raised $70,000 and invested in many projects.
 
“We’ve remodeled bathrooms to make them wheelchair accessible,’’ Jessi said. “We’ve purchased walkers and wheelchairs. We’ve paid for cancer treatment deductibles. It’s been such a blessing for our family.’’
 
And it’s a testament to Rylie’s dogged determination. It’s not the only area in which she excels.
 
Despite her disease, which forces her to use a walker and wheelchair to get around, Rylie has become a part of Benton Elementary’s vaunted archery team. Benton has won several state, national and world championships and Rylie has been a part of them.
 
She competed in last week’s Archery in Louisiana School’s (ALAS) State Tournament, held at the Shreveport Convention Center on Saturday (April 6). ALAS is part of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP), which is administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).
 
Rylie finished 97th in the bullseye competition in the girl’s elementary division out of 160 competitors with a score of 210 out of 300. She was 62nd in the 3D competition out of 82 participants in the girl’s elementary category with a 176 score. Like all competitors at the state meet, Rylie had to qualify at a regional tournament. Benton Elementary captured the elementary division state team championship.
 
Rylie has a special stand from which she shoots during the competition. Though she has several extracurricular interests, she’s also a cheerleader, archery is her first love, she said.
 
“She talks about it all the time,’’ Jessi said. “She practices three days a week and some on the weekends. We bring the stand home on weekends and that’s how she’s able to stay sharp.’’
 
The ALAS/NASP program introduced Rylie to archery. She experienced it in her physical education class and fell in love.
 
“She tried it and the coaches worked with her,’’ Jessi said. “We built the stand and branched out from there. She did pretty well with it. Her best score is 241 at practice and she had a 219 at the regional meet.’’
 
Though competition at ALAS regional and state meets is encouraged, the primary goal of the program is to introduce students in grades 4-12 to the sport no matter their skill level. ALAS is taught in more than 200 Louisiana schools and to about 24,000 students.
 
“To see the joy Rylie has when she holds up that team championship trophy reminds me of why ALAS is so important,’’ said Chad Moore, who oversees ALAS for LDWF. “It is designed for all students to learn the sport. It doesn’t matter where you live, what your background is or how good an athlete you are, archery is something you can take part in and it’s something you can do for life. Rylie is a perfect example of that.’’
 
The program is available to all schools in Louisiana and grants are available to assist with equipment purchases. For more information about the ALAS program, contact ALAS State Coordinator Chad Moore at cmoore@wlf.la.gov or 318-230-4352.
 
ALAS is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. For more information, go to http://www.lawff.org/.
 
For more information on Rylie’s foundation, go to https://www.crdnolimitsfoundation.com/.
 
For photos and video of Duos competing in the 2019 ALAS State Tournament, go to https://ldwf.canto.com/v/2019ALASStateTournament/landing.
 

Haughton High, Benton Schools Capture Championships in 2019 Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament

Release Date: 04/15/2019

Haughton's Kameron Smith (left) and Benton's Brady Duncan review ALAS scores.

 

                                                            

 

April 15, 2019 – With 1,136 students competing, Haughton High School and Benton Middle and Elementary schools took home the top team prizes in the 2019 Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) State Tournament held April 6 at the Shreveport Convention Center. A total of 50 schools took part in the event.

 

Students competed for $20,500 in scholarships, prizes and awards as well as the chance to qualify for the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) National Tournament to be held in May in Louisville, Kentucky. The ALAS program, part of NASP, is administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

 

“The ALAS program continues to get better each year,’’ LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said. “We now have more than 200 schools and 24,000 students who take part in the program statewide. I’d like to offer congratulations to the teams and students who advanced and competed in the ALAS state event. And we thank the sponsors, volunteers and LDWF staff who made the 2019 state tournament a successful event.’’

 

Haughton High won both the bullseye and 3D divisions in the high school category. Benton Middle won both in the middle school division as did Benton Elementary in the elementary school division.

 

Benton High’s Aiden Haire had the top bullseye score in the tournament with a 294 out of a possible 300. Haire is the only Louisiana archer to have scored a perfect 300 during competition, which he accomplished in 2016.

 

Cassidy Walters of Benton Middle School was the top female, recording a score of 292.

 

Haire was the boys high school bullseye winner with Zak Winegeart of Oak Hill taking the middle school individual title (287) and Austyn Taylor of Benton winning the elementary division (290).

 

Walters won the girls middle school division. Amber Long of Benton won the high school division (289) and Victoria McClung of Stockwell Place the elementary division (285).

In the 3D category, Thomas Allen of Benton Middle School had the top overall score with a 293 in the male division. Taylor Bourn of Haughton Middle School recorded the top overall female score in 3D with a 286.

 

Aiden Jones of Haughton won the 3D high school division in boys (289), Allen the middle school division and Spencer Campbell of Kingston Elementary the elementary division (279).

 

Long was the 3D female high school winner (282), Bourn the middle school champ and Anna Young of Benton Elementary captured the elementary division (280).

 

The top ten male and female archers in each division received an automatic berth to the NASP National Tournament, with individual honors going to the top five finishers in each division. The top three male and female shooters in the 3D portion received scholarship awards as did the top male and female overall shooters in the bullseye competition. Prize bows were also awarded to the top male and female in each division.

 

 A list of winners can be found at the ALAS Facebook page and full results can be found at www.nasptournaments.org.

 

The 2019 ALAS State Tournament is made possible by the generous contributions of our sponsors: NASP, Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, ENLINK Midstream, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation-Louisiana Chapter, Hoot & Holler Archery, LSU AgCenter, Morrell Targets, H&E Equipment Services, Bass Pro Shops, Quality Deer Management Association-South Branch, Homeland Security, Academy Sports, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, Y-Not Stop and Outlaw’s BBQ.

 

The ALAS/NASP program has grown rapidly since May of 2012 when about 35 schools participated. It is offered in all parts of the state from rural to metropolitan areas. The program is designed primarily to introduce students in grades 4-12 to international target style archery. It is generally taught as part of in-school curriculum, usually in physical education classes.
 
The program is available to all schools in Louisiana and grants are available to assist with equipment purchases. For more information about the ALAS program, contact ALAS State Coordinator Chad Moore at cmoore@wlf.la.gov or 318-230-4352.

 

For photos and video from the tournament, go to https://ldwf.canto.com/v/2019ALASStateTournament/landing.

 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet April 16 at 9:00 a.m.

Release Date: 04/11/2019

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The meeting will convene at 9:00 a.m. at the East Bank Regional Library located at 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA 70001.

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 November 7, 2018 Meeting

6. Hearing of Deferred Renewal Permit Appeals

a. Mauricio Blanco

7. Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeal

a. Pannagl Seafood

8. Receive Department Response to Special Mailing of Permit Notices Request – LDWF

9. Receive Report on Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Numbers – LDWF

10. Receive Public Comments

11. Set Next Meeting Date

12. 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 or Carolina Bourque at 337-735-8726 or cbourque@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.

 

 

Crab Task Force to Meet April 17 at 9:00 a.m.

Release Date: 04/11/2019

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, Chairman

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 9:00a.m.

Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

AGENDA

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

III. Approval of March 25, 2019 Minutes and April 17, 2019 Agenda

IV. Financial Report

V. New Business

A. To Discuss the LCTF Draft Legislative Bill to Increase Penalties for Certain Crabbing Violations- CTF

B. To Hear an Update on the 2019 Blue Crab Stock Assessment- LDWF

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/6951287731189577986

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.

 

Crab Task Force to Meet April 17 at 9:00 a.m.

Release Date: 04/11/2019

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, Chairman

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 9:00a.m.

Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

AGENDA

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

III. Approval of March 25, 2019 Minutes and April 17, 2019 Agenda

IV. Financial Report

V. New Business

A. To Discuss the LCTF Draft Legislative Bill to Increase Penalties for Certain Crabbing Violations- CTF

B. To Hear an Update on the 2019 Blue Crab Stock Assessment- LDWF

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/6951287731189577986

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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