Fishing

LDWF Sets Drawdown for Iatt Lake

Release Date: 07/22/2015

(July 22, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will initiate a drawdown for giant salvinia control on Iatt Lake in Grant Parish on July 27, 2015. 
 
The previously scheduled drawdown was postponed due to high water levels on the Red River, preventing the lake from draining. 
 
The lake level will be lowered 6 feet below pool stage to allow drying of the lake bottom, concentrating giant salvinia and increasing the effectiveness of herbicide applications.  After evaluation, the water level may be lowered an additional 2 feet. 
 
The control structure will be closed no later than November 5, 2015, to allow the lake to refill.
 
The drawdown is a component of LDWF’s plan to control giant salvinia on Iatt Lake.
Currently, an estimated 3,000 acres of giant salvinia coverage exists. The vegetation management plan for the lake identifies a target of 1,500 acres of giant salvinia coverage for a drawdown to be considered. 
 
Additional benefits of the drawdown include increased control of submerged aquatic vegetation as well improvement to fisheries habitat.   After water levels return to pool elevation, 49,000 triploid grass carp will be stocked into the lake to further assist in submerged vegetation control. 
 
Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised of boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.
 
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.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Ricky Moses, LDWF Biologist Manager, at rmoses@wlf.la.gov or (318) 487-5888.  For press inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 07/21/2015

(July 21, 2015) – In an effort to control aquatic vegetation, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will open the water control structure on Lake Bistineau near Minden on August 3, 2015, for a lake drawdown. 
 
Current estimates include 1,781 acres of giant salvinia coverage in the 17,000-acre lake, reaching the threshold necessary for a lake drawdown as identified in the Department’s Lake Bistineau Management Plan.
 
The lake will be lowered at a rate of 4 to 6 inches per day, not to exceed a maximum drawdown level of 7 feet below normal pool stage.  The control gates will close no later than January 15, 2016, to allow the lake to refill.
 
During the drawdown, an estimated 10,000 acres of water will remain in the lake.  Boaters can access the lake from the following public boat launches: Port of Bistineau Launch, Bossier Public Launch, Grice’s and Bayou Dorcheat Public Launch.  Caution is advised for boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater obstructions. 
 
For further information regarding the drawdown, contact LDWF Biologist Manager Jeff Sibley at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066, ext. 1.
 
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, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
 
For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

Louisiana applauds new legislation to enable regional management of red snapper

Release Date: 07/16/2015

(July 16, 2015) – Today, Congressman Garret Graves (R-South Louisiana) introduced new legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow state-based management of the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery. The legislation would remove red snapper from federal authority and place responsibility for this highly valuable species in the hands of the Gulf states through a new, independent body called the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority (GSRSMA).
 
The directors of the state fish and wildlife agencies from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas collaborated on the GSRSMA framework earlier this year in response to years of failing federal management of the Gulf red snapper fishery. The GSRSMA framework addresses many of the challenges of current federal management of this fishery including inadequate data and a lack of flexible, responsive management. The framework calls for more precise and timely recreational data collection, more frequent stock assessments, and increased collaboration among the states, among other improvements.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to encourage Congress to support a move to state-based management and the benefits it would provide. “The Gulf states’ marine fisheries directors have mutually agreed upon and unanimously support the GSRSMA. I would like to ask Congress to consider our concerns and support this viable alternative to the current management system,” said Robert Barham, Secretary.
 
Under the GSRSMA framework, each Gulf state would be responsible for all monitoring and management of red snapper in their respective state and adjacent federal waters. The Gulf states already have these responsibilities for numerous major commercial and recreational fisheries and have been effectively managing them for the benefit of fish, fishermen, and coastal communities and economies for years.
 
 “We appreciate Congressman Graves and his co-sponsors recognition of the challenges in red snapper management and confidence in the Gulf states’ abilities to responsibly manage this important fishery,” said Randy Pausina, Assistant Secretary of Fisheries. “Louisiana and the other Gulf states can provide the precise, real-time data and flexible measures needed to sustain this valuable resource and the people that depend on it.”
 
To view complete details of the five-state GSRSMA agreement, click here.
 
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.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For press inquiries, contact Rene LeBreton at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8745.
 

Louisiana Brown Shrimp Season to Reopen in a Portion of Mississippi Sound

Release Date: 07/16/2015

Louisiana Brown Shrimp Season to Reopen in a Portion of Mississippi Sound

July 16, 2015 –The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today that based on information provided by LDWF biologists, the brown shrimp season will reopen in portions of Mississippi Sound on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 6 p.m. The following areas will reopen:
 
•  That portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning.
 
In addition to the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, all state outside waters are currently open to shrimping.  State inshore waters are currently closed to shrimping. 
 
For a map detailing the areas currently open to shrimping visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons.
 
The Commission granted authority to LDWF Secretary Robert Barham at the May LDWF Commission meeting to open any area, or re-open any previously closed area, and to open and close special shrimp seasons in any portion of state waters.  This newly reopened portion of inshore state waters will remain open until further notice.   The 2015 fall white shrimp season has not been set.  
 
For more information, contact Jeff Marx at (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Roth at 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov.
 
To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages directly to your mobile device visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/textalert-signup.  
 
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.
 
 

 

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet in New Orleans

Release Date: 07/15/2015

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet in New Orleans

 
July 15, 2015- The Louisiana Crab Task Force will meet Tuesday, July 21 at 1 p.m. at 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210, New Orleans.  
 
The agenda is as follows:

 I.     Roll Call and introduction of guests
II      Approval of April 14, 2015 meeting minutes and July 21, 2015 meeting agenda
III.    Financial Report
IV.    Old Business
               A. 2015 Legislative Session report- Cole Garrett
               B. Results from the LDWF Cooperative Research Survey: Selected Statistics for Respondents who Targeted Crabs-Jack Isaacs
               C. MSC update- Damon Morris
V.      New Business
               A. Derelict Crab Trap Program update and request for locations for derelict crab trap removal- Jeffrey Marx
               B. Industry concerns with number of crab traps in bayous-Pete Gerica
               C. Bait and crab prices- James Bergeron
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 join the meeting via webinar register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7031527860456935682
 
For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov
 
To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages directly to your mobile device visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/textalert-signup.
 
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.
 

Greater Amberjack Commercial Season to Close in Louisiana

Release Date: 07/13/2015

July 13, 2015 – Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2015 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack in Louisiana state waters will close on Sunday, July 19 at 12:01 a.m.
 
Following a review of current landings, data indicates the 2015 Gulf of Mexico commercial quota of 409,000 pounds will be harvested by July 19. 
 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters will also remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing for the remainder of 2015. 
 
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.
  
For more information contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov .  For press inquiries contact Ashley Roth at 504-2864162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov.  To sign for text alerts related to commercial fishing visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/textalert-signup.
 
 
 

 

Last day of federal red snapper season for charter vessels is July 14th

Release Date: 07/09/2015

 

(July 7, 2015) – LDWF would like to remind charter vessels and headboats (for-hire sector) that July 14th is the last day of the federal red snapper season.
 
NOAA Fisheries made the decision to split the recreational red snapper quota into two distinct components – private anglers and charter vessels and headboats (for-hire).  Each component has its own quota allocations based upon NOAA’s catch target figures. Private anglers had a 10-day federal season that closed on June 10, and charter vessels/headboats have a 45-day federal season, closing at the end of day July 14, 2015.
 
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.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.  
 
For press inquiries, contact Rene LeBreton at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8745.  To sign for text alerts related to recreational fishing visit: http://www.fishla.org/text-alert-sign-up/.

 

LDWF Reminds Offshore Anglers of Free, Required Permit

Release Date: 07/07/2015

 

(July 7, 2015) – With summer in full swing, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries takes this opportunity to remind anglers of the free, required Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  The permit is required for all anglers possessing tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers and snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin, except for anglers under 16 years of age or anglers fishing on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit.
 
The program was developed to better quantify and characterize the charter and recreational fishermen who fish beyond Louisiana’s territorial waters. 
 
The permit is available at no cost to the public.
 
Anglers wishing to obtain or renew a permit can register at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov.
 
Anglers may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration.  A valid Louisiana fishing license number is required to obtain a permit.  A confirmation number is allowed for a temporary (trip) license.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For media inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

 

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