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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.

 

Sherburne WMA South Farm Remains Closed to Public Use Due to Flooding

Release Date: 04/11/2019

April 11, 2019 – The South Farm of the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) remains closed for all public use due to flooding, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
Increasing water levels in associated river systems has caused backwater flooding on the South Farm area. Once water recedes and necessary repairs have been made, the farm will be re-opened for public use.
 
Sherburne WMA South Farm is located in Iberville Parish, approximately one mile north of Ramah.
 
For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2763 or contact Tony Vidrine, tvidrine@wlf.la.gov 337-735-8682 or Steven David, sdavid@wlf.la.gov at 337-735-8683.
 

LDWF’s Bodcau and Woodworth Shooting Ranges To Be Closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday

Release Date: 04/11/2019

April 11, 2019 – The Bodcau and Woodworth Shooting Ranges will be closed Good Friday (April 19th) and Easter Sunday (April 21) in observance of the holidays, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. Both will be open Saturday (April 20th) for normal business hours.
 
The Bodcau Shooting Range is located on the Bodcau Wildlife Management Area in Bossier and Webster parishes. The Woodworth Shooting Range is located in Rapides Parish.
 
For more information on these and other LDWF ranges go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/shooting-ranges.
 

Oyster Task Force to Meet April 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Release Date: 04/11/2019

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Mitch Jurisich, Chairman

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 1 p.m.

East Bank Regional Library Meeting Room

4747 W Napoleon Ave, Metairie, LA 70001

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll call and introduction of guests

III. Approval of February 26, 2019 Minutes and April 16, 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. Professionalism (LDWF)

I. Aquaculture (Steve Pollock)

J. Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)

VI. New Business

A. To Hear an Update on the 2018-2019 Oyster Season- LDWF

B. To Hear an Update on the Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting NOI- OTF/ LDWF

C. Discussion of FDA/LDH Proposals for Increased Surveillance of AOC Water Quality- OTF

D. To Hear an Update on Levels of Oyster Cultch Material Removed when Harvesting Seed Oysters from Public Oyster Beds- 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/2338629744482025731

 

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 16, at 10:00 AM

Release Date: 04/11/2019

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 10:00 A.M.

East Bank Regional Library

4747 W Napoleon Avenue

Metairie, LA 70001

AGENDA

 

I. Call to Order

II. Pledge of Allegiance

III. Discussion of the Oyster Industry Marketing Plan- OTF

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/2489707040185182211

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.

 

 

LDWF to Host 15th Annual Step Outside Day on April 27 at Sherburne WMA

Release Date: 04/10/2019

April 10, 2019 - The 15th annual Step Outside Day, an outdoor education program hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), will be held 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, contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-948-0255 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov
 

LWF Commission Un-designates a Portion of Public Oyster Seed Grounds

Release Date: 04/09/2019

LWF Commission Un-designates a Portion of Public Oyster Seed Grounds

BATON ROUGE, La.--At its April meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission undesignated a portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River. This action will not occur until the first lottery phase of the oyster moratorium lifting process commences. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will continue considering the oyster moratorium lifting process in the coming months.

 

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.  

 

“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 Secretary Jack Montoucet. “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 seed grounds in Bay Eloi and northern Breton Sound will no longer be designated as a 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 below-described areas will no longer be designated as a seed ground and will be available for oyster leasing upon commencement of the first lottery phase of the oyster moratorium lifting process.

 

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.

                                   

See above for a map depicting these areas.

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’s Lynn Bennett Honored by Lake Charles Chapter of The National Wild Turkey Federation

Release Date: 04/08/2019

LDWF's Lynn Bennett (left) with Lake Charles NWTF chapter committee member Harold Yarborough.

April 8, 2019 – Lynn Bennett, a wildlife technician supervisor with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), was recognized by the Lake Charles chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) for his work with the species and assisting with LDWF’s annual turkey youth lottery hunt.
 
Bennett, who has been with LDWF for 19 years, was previously honored as the state NWTF Wildlife Management Area Technician of the Year. He helps to trap wild turkeys on southwest Louisiana Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and National Forest lands for research. In addition, he has been involved with the Peason Ridge WMA Youth Lottery Turkey hunt for many years.
 
“We’re very proud of Lynn and the outstanding work he does every day,’’ LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said. “He’s on the front line as we work to restore robust populations of turkey throughout southwest Louisiana and the state. And his assistance with the youth turkey lottery hunt is a key reason to why those efforts are so successful.”
 
“I enjoy watching Lynn during these hunts; it’s evident he truly loves doing this for these kids,’’ said NWTF Lake Charles Chapter committee member Harold Yarborough, a volunteer during the youth turkey lottery hunt. “I know of no one else more deserving to be recognized for his contributions to wild turkey management and our sport of wild turkey hunting than Lynn Bennett.’’
 
Said Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission member Bart Yakupzack, chapter chairman of the NWTF Lake Charles chapter: “Mr. Bennett makes sure every young hunter has a gift bag after the hunt with all types of hunting related items such as calls and compasses. Some things are donated but many times he pays out of his own pocket to make sure these young hunters have something other than memories of their morning chasing turkeys.’’
 
Bennett’s latest effort was assisting with the recent youth turkey lottery hunt at Peason Ridge WMA in Vernon, Sabine and Natchitoches parishes on March 30. A total of 19 youth took part with two turkeys harvested. It was one of three youth turkey lottery hunts conducted by LDWF. The other two were held at J.C. “Sonny’’ Gilbert WMA in Catahoula Parish and Tunica Hills WMA in West Feliciana Parish. The youth were selected through LDWF’s lottery application system and paired with volunteer guides to give them a unique hunting experience.
 
In addition to the guided lottery hunts on March 30, unguided lottery hunts and open youth hunts were held on Big Lake, Bodcau, Clear Creek, Pearl River and West Bay WMAs where 83 hunters participated, harvesting nine gobblers.
 
There are several late youth season hunts remaining on Bodcau, Pomme de Terre, Sherburne and Spring Bayou WMAs, as well as open turkey seasons, which are open to hunters of all ages, on various other WMAs.
 
For more information on these seasons, go to http://www.eregulations.com/louisiana/hunting/
 
LDWF conducts several other lottery hunts for other species such as deer and waterfowl. For more information on LDWF lottery hunts, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts
 

Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force April Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 04/05/2019

Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force
Meeting Agenda
 9 a.m.    
10 April 2019
Joe Herring Room
LDWF HQ, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
 
 
I.          Call to Order
 
II.        Roll Call
 
III.       Announcements and Introductions
            A. New Members
                        1. Mr. Joey Register, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation
                        2. Mr. Drew Keahey, Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana
 
IV.       Approval of meeting minutes – 10 January 2019
 
V.        Old Business
            A. Analytical report on website hits – Joel Courtney, LDWF
 
            B. Idlewild’s trap loan program numbers – Dearl Sanders
           
            C. Update on testing of Warfarin and Sodium Nitrite – Drs. LaCour and Tolson
 
D. Farm Bill Update
                        1. John Pitre, USDA/NRCS
                        2. Dwight LeBlanc, USDA/APHIS
           
VI.       New Business
            A. Rebuttal to Annual Report – Kenny Ribbeck, LDWF
 
            B. Other
 
VII.     Public Comments
 
VIII.    Announcement of next meeting date – 11 July 2019
 
IX.       Adjournment
 
A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com. To attend a live broadcast of the meeting, please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5255470265557774595
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.
 

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