Fishing

Inclement Weather Stalls Bussey Brake WMA Renovation Project

Release Date: 05/23/2019

Inclement Weather Stalls Bussey Brake WMA Renovation Project

Mother Nature has again delayed the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ renovation efforts on the Bussey Brake Wildlife Management Area.

Heavy rainfall and area flooding have prevented contractors from beginning scheduled work on several projects including construction of new fishing piers and boat dock, a wave break at the boat launch and updates to the pumping station.

Bayou Bartholomew, where the pumping station is located, has now reached two of its top five historic crests in the past month alone. As soon as conditions allow, the remaining scheduled work will resume including electrical work to accommodate the new pump.   The new custom pump and motor have been ordered and will be installed after its delivery and assembly, which may take up to four months.

In the interim, the department has continued to stock the lake with fish, and will continue to do so to ensure an abundant and balanced fishery for the newly renovated reservoir.   

For more information, contact Ryan Daniel, Biologist Manager at rdaniel@wlf.la.gov or (318) 343-4044.

Greater Amberjack Commercial Season Reopens June 1, Closes June 9 at 12:01 a.m.

Release Date: 05/22/2019

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2019 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack in Louisiana State waters will close on Sunday, June 9, at 12:01 a.m. after a brief re-opening on June 1st.  The commercial season is currently closed through May 31st due to a seasonal closure that is from March 1st through May 31st of each year.
 
Current landings projections from NOAA Fisheries indicate that the 2019 Gulf of Mexico commercial quota (337,503 pounds) will be harvested by June 9th, which necessitated a closure.

 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters would also remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing until the season reopens on January 1, 2020. 

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.

 

Oyster Tags Now Available for Purchase in New Orleans

Release Date: 05/17/2019

Oyster tags, a requirement for commercial oyster harvesters, will now be available for purchase at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries New Orleans office located in the Center for Entergy and Resource Management at 2045 Lakeshore Drive within UNO’s Research and Technology Park. Tags can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 4:30 in Room 422.

 

Oyster tags can also be purchased at the following locations:

 

LDWF Headquarters

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

225-765-2887

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

200 Dulles Drive
Lafayette, LA 70506
337-262-2080

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm.

1213 Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70601
337-491-2579

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm.

 

468 Texas Gulf Road
Bourg, LA 70343
985-594-4139

Hours: 8 a.m. to 3:00 pm.

 

All oysters taken from Louisiana state waters for sale must be tagged with official oyster harvest tags purchased from the department. The tags are used to identify sacks and other containers used to hold oysters and other mollusks while in their shells. Regulations regarding the sacking and tagging of oysters can be found here.

 

For questions regarding oyster tags, please contact Carolina Bourque at (337) 735-8726 or Marc Maniscalco at (504) 735-8726.

 

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.

 

Shrimp Season to Open May 20 in the Remaining State Outside Waters

Release Date: 05/16/2019

Shrimp Season to Open May 20 in the Remaining State Outside Waters

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the portion of state outside waters between the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island westward to western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal shall reopen to shrimping at 6:00 a.m. on May 20, 2019. 
The area to open is defined as follows:

  • The eastern 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.  The western boundary line originates on the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 29 degrees 32 minutes 03 seconds north latitude, -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 degrees west longitude and ends at a point on the three mile line as described in R.S. 56:495(A) at 29 degrees 29 minutes 02 seconds north latitude, -92 degrees 19 minutes 34 seconds west longitude.

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

East Calcasieu Artificial Reef Enhancement Complete in Calcasieu Lake, First of Eleven NRDA-Funded Reef Enhancements

Release Date: 05/13/2019

East Calcasieu Artificial Reef Enhancement Complete in Calcasieu Lake, First of Eleven NRDA-Funded Reef Enhancements

(May 13, 2019) - The East Calcasieu artificial reef in Calcasieu Lake has been completed. The reef site, also known as “Big Jack’s Reef”, is an existing inshore artificial reef that had material added to it, therefore increasing hard-bottom habitat at the site.

Calcasieu Lake’s water-bottom consists mostly of soft mud or clay. The crushed concrete and limestone deployed will create habitat for small fishes which draws larger predatory species. All inshore artificial reef sites are protected from oyster harvest, meaning all oysters growing within the reef permit area can serve as a broodstock and continue to assist the oyster population in Calcasieu Lake for years to come.

The East Calcasieu artificial reef site was originally created in June of 2017. LDWF, in partnership with the Coastal Conservation Association, deployed 1500 tons of crushed concrete and concrete pilings in the reef site. Oyster settlement has been observed since this original deployment, and anglers have reported successful trips to the reef. Last week LDWF, again in partnership with CCA, deployed an additional 6,000 tons of crushed concrete and limestone to the 87-acre site. Construction began Tuesday, May 7th and was completed by Sunday, May 12th.

The East Calcasieu Artificial Reef site enhancement is the first of eleven reef site projects planned across the coast of Louisiana this year. Funding for the reef enhancements came from the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill settlement which allocated funds to restore for recreational losses that occurred in Louisiana following the DWH oil spill.  

The East Calcasieu reef can be found at coordinates 29.8852, -93.2793. The nearest launch locations are Hebert’s Landing (5 nautical miles) and the Dugas Landing (9 nautical miles). For more information, including additional reef locations and maps, please visit the Louisiana Artificial Reef Program site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/artificial-reef-program.  

 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 05/10/2019

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet Tuesday, May 14, 2019. The meeting will convene at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Bernard Port, Harbor, and Terminal building located at 100 Port Blvd., Chalmette, LA 70043.

  

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

B. Sophin Men

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.    

 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 05/10/2019

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet Tuesday, May 14, 2019. The meeting will convene at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Bernard Port, Harbor, and Terminal building located at 100 Port Blvd., Chalmette, LA 70043.

  

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
    1. Mauricio Blanco
  7. Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeal
    1. Pannagl Seafood
    2. Sophin Men
  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.    

 

Oyster Task Force to Meet May 14

Release Date: 05/09/2019

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Mitch Jurisich, Chairman

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 1 p.m.

St. Bernard Port Harbor and Terminal

100 Port Blvd., Chalmette, LA 70043

 

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll call and introduction of guests

III. Approval of April 16, 2019 Minutes and May 14, 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 Discussion and an Update on the Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting NOI- OTF

C. To Hear an Update on the LFF Activities and to Consider Funding the 2020 Louisiana Seafood Summit- LA Sea Grant

D. Request for Letters of Support for Research Proposals- Earl Melancon

E. To Consider Funding for an Oyster Industry Marketing Plan- OTF

F. To Hear a Presentation on the Standardized Method used in Determining the Percentage of Non-living Material in Bedding Loads- LDWF

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/3134558515863135746

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.

 

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