Fishing

Louisiana Red Snapper Landings Estimates through August 5

Release Date: 08/17/2018

The latest catch statistics for recreational red snapper recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' near real-time landings data collection program, are 701,774 pounds, or 94 percent of Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds through August 5. 

The current red snapper season was closed on Sunday, August 12. LDWF will provide a preliminary estimate of red snapper landings through the season at the end of next week.

This year, state and federal seasons ran concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved LDWF’s application for an  Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) to manage the private recreational snapper season in state and federal waters in 2018 and 2019. Under the EFP, participating anglers are allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal waters during times and seasons set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, from shore to 200 nautical miles.    
       
For more information on the 2018 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit:   wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper 

 

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.

Recreational Gray Triggerfish Season to Close at 11:59 p.m. on August 16

Release Date: 08/15/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the season for the recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will close in Louisiana waters at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2018.  
 
NOAA Fisheries has determined the Gulf-wide recreational annual catch target of 217,100 pounds has been met, and announced a closure in Federal waters to prevent overfishing. The closure in Louisiana state waters provides consistency with federal regulations and assists with enforcement.  
 
The season is scheduled to re-open on March 1, 2019.
 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in previously promulgated rules to change or modify the opening and closing dates for any recreational reef fish season in Louisiana waters when notified of a modification to a season by NOAA Fisheries.  
 
For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Continues Improvements to False River with the Installation of Gravel Fish Spawning Beds

Release Date: 08/15/2018

LDWF Continues Improvements to False River with the Installation of Gravel Fish Spawning Beds
LDWF Continues Improvements to False River with the Installation of Gravel Fish Spawning Beds

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in cooperation with the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury, recently completed the installation of six new gravel spawning beds and the expansion of three existing beds on False River near New Roads. Siltation had previously covered much of the lake’s natural hard bottom that is essential for nesting sportfish, so the beds were installed to enhance fish spawning habitat.
 
State Rep. Major Thibaut was instrumental in obtaining the necessary funding to purchase the gravel. “This cooperation among state and local agencies, as well as private citizens, is vital for the continuation of restorative efforts in and around False River,” stated Rep. Thibaut. “These beds play an important role in the restoration of False River and promote the spawning of bass, bream and sac-a-lait.”
 
Approximately 70 tons of gravel was distributed throughout nine locations. Each spawning bed is roughly 400 square feet, designed in strips of 20-feet by 20-feet or 10-feet by 40-feet, and measuring in thickness of about 4 inches of gravel. 
 
Watershed drainage alterations during the 1970s and 1980s resulted in deterioration of the water quality, aquatic vegetation and fisheries. A watershed management plan was drafted in 2013, and updated in 2018, to address issues within the watershed. The plan draws from the expertise of many parish, state and federal agencies including LDWF, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Health and Hospitals, the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as other local stakeholders.
 
With the completion of this project, a total of sixteen gravel spawning beds have been installed in the lake as part of the False River Restoration Plan.

 

Recreational Red Snapper State Season To Close At 11:59 P.M. August 12, 2018

Release Date: 08/11/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced that the state recreational red snapper season will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018. 

Preliminary estimates from the LA Creel survey indicate that the State’s quota of 743,000 pounds of red snapper for the private sector of the recreational fishery is projected to be harvested by August 12, 2018.  The Secretary of the Department has the authority to re-open the recreational season if finalized landings data indicate such harvest would be within the quota allowed under the Federal Exempted Fishing Permit.

This year, state and federal seasons are running concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved LDWF’s application for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) to manage the private recreational snapper season in state and federal waters in 2018 and 2019. Under the EFP, participating anglers are allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal waters, from shore to 200 nautical miles.  

 

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 recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Louisiana Red Snapper Landings Estimates through July 29

Release Date: 08/10/2018

The latest catch statistics for recreational red snapper recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' near real-time landings data collection program, are 651,495 pounds, or 87 percent of Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds through July 29.

 

The current weekends-only season will continue to run until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s allocation. 

 

This year, state and federal seasons are running concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved LDWF’s application for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) to manage the private recreational snapper season in state and federal waters in 2018 and 2019. Under the EFP, participating anglers are allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal waters, from shore to 200 nautical miles. 

 

LDWF requests that recreational red snapper fishermen try out the tool developed to report catch electronically through the ROLP website or app. Though voluntary, reporting electronically will help us test this method of harvest data collection. Our goal is to continually improve our harvest data collection techniques to ensure our fishery resources are managed precisely and our fishermen have every possible opportunity to go out and catch fish. To get started on electronic reporting, go to wlf.louisiana.gov/snapper-efp-faqs and see question #14 (If I opt to participate in voluntary electronic reporting, how do I report my catch?). 
     
For more information on the 2018 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit: 
wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper.

 

 

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.

LWF Commission Sets 2018-19 Louisiana Oyster Season

Release Date: 08/02/2018

LWF Commission Sets 2018-19 Louisiana Oyster Season

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2018-19 oyster season based on the annual oyster stock assessment provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments received from members of the public, including the oyster industry.
 
The following dates were set for the upcoming oyster season:
 
Monday, October 29, 2018 - All Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (LDH Shellfish Harvest Areas 1-4); Little Lake Public and Lake Mechant Oyster Seed Grounds; Hackberry Bay and Bay Junop Public Oyster Seed Reservations; Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche Bay/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds; and the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area will open at one half-hour before sunrise.
 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - The following areas will close to seed harvest at one half-hour after sunset on October 29 but remain open as sacking-only areas starting at one half-hour before sunrise on October 30:

  • All Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of the Mississippi River north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (LDH Shellfish Harvest Areas 1-4); Little Lake Public and Lake Mechant Oyster Seed Grounds; Hackberry Bay and Bay Junop Public Oyster Seed Reservations; and the Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche Bay/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds.

During the 2018-19 oyster season, the following provisions will be in effect:

  1. Any vessel from which any person(s) takes or attempts to take oysters from the public oyster seed grounds and reservations described above shall:

    a.  Be limited to 25 sacks of oysters per vessel per day with a 50-sack possession limit if fishing multiple days, except for Calcasieu Lake where the daily and possession limits shall not exceed 10 sacks of oysters per vessel. A sack of oysters for the purposes of this declaration of emergency shall be defined as the size described in R.S. 56:440. If sacks smaller than the size described in R.S. 56:440 are used, the daily harvest and possession limit shall be based on the number of sacks used, not the size of the sack or other measures. The daily take and possession limit shall not apply to vessels harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes. The possession limit shall not apply to vessels operating under a valid Oyster Cargo Vessel Permit, and these vessels cannot harvest oysters.

    b. Be limited to either harvesting market oysters for direct sale (sacking) or harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes on any one day and is specifically prohibited from doing both.
     

  2. If any person on a vessel takes or attempts to take oysters from the public oyster seed grounds, reservations, or areas described above, all oysters contained on that vessel shall be deemed to have been taken from said seed ground, reservation, or area from the time harvest begins until all oysters are offloaded dockside.
     
  3. The harvest of seed oysters from a public oyster seed ground or reservation must be for the purpose of moving the live oyster resource. The removal of more than 15 percent of non-living reef material in bedding loads is prohibited. All vessels must allow onboard inspection and sampling of seed oyster loads by LDWF biologists and/or agents.
     
  4. All oysters harvested from public seed grounds or reservations for the purpose of market must be uncontaminated, sealed and not gaping.
     
  5. All oysters harvested from public seed grounds or reservations for the purpose of market sales must measure a minimum of 3 inches from hinge to bill.
     
  6. Prior to leaving public seed grounds or reservations with oysters harvested from said seed ground or reservation for market purposes: all oysters must be sacked, the number of sacks must be recorded in a log book, and each sack must be properly tagged.
     
  7. Oyster sacks held on board overnight must be tagged before being put under refrigeration, and no later than one half-hour after sunset. Refrigeration rules as described in the Public Health Sanitary Code LAC 51:IX.327, LAC 51:IX.329, LAC 51:IX.331 and LAC 51:IX.333 must be adhered to.
     
  8. All vessels located in public seed grounds or reservations during those times between one half-hour after sunset and one half-hour before sunrise must have all oyster scrapers unshackled.
     
  9. In Calcasieu Lake, oyster scrapers are prohibited on vessels actively harvesting oysters. 

The following areas will remain closed for the entire 2018-19 oyster season:

  1. The Sister Lake Oyster Seed Reservation as described in R.S.56:434;
  2. The area east of the Mississippi River as described in LAC 76:VII:511, south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (LDH Shellfish Harvest Areas 5,6,7,8);
  3. Lake Tambour, Lake Chien, Lake Felicity, Deep Lake and Barataria Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds as described in LAC 76:VII:517;
  4. The Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area as described in R.S. 56:435.1;
  5. The 2017 Cultch Plant located on the east side of Calcasieu Lake near Long Point - Cameron Parish within the following coordinates:

    29 degrees 55 minutes 03.45 seconds N
    93 degrees 19 minutes 20.26 seconds W

    29 degrees 54 minutes 55.75 seconds N
    93 degrees 19 minutes 01.32 seconds W

    29 degrees 54 minutes 14.64 seconds N
    93 degrees 19 minutes 22.67 seconds W

    29 degrees 54 minutes 21.22 seconds N
    93 degrees 19 minutes 40.43 seconds W

    29 degrees 54 minutes 31.41 seconds N
    93 degrees 19 minutes 12.81 seconds W

    29 degrees 54 minutes 45.8388 seconds N
    93 degrees 19 minutes 27.6384 seconds W

The Secretary of the Department was authorized by the Commission to set closure dates, adjust sack limits and/or sacking-only areas, based on biological and harvest data or if enforcement issues are encountered. The Secretary is also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended, and to open public areas if substantial oyster resources are located.  
 
Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health for public health concerns.
 
For maps detailing today's actions, click HERE.
 
For questions regarding the opening, contact Carolina Bourque at cbourque@wlf.la.gov or (337) 735-8726.

LWF Commission Announces Opening Dates for the 2018 Fall Inshore Shrimp Season

Release Date: 08/02/2018

LWF Commission Announces Opening Dates for the 2018 Fall Inshore Shrimp Season

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the opening dates for the fall inshore shrimp season based on information provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists and public comments.
 
Season openings are as follows:

  • The portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the River Channel Buoy Line to open at 6 p.m. on August 13, 2018; and,
     
  • The portion of state inside waters from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the River Channel Buoy Line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou to open at 6 a.m. on August 13, 2018; and,
     
  • The portion of state inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line to open at 6 a.m. on. August 27, 2018.

LDWF biologists have monitored hydrological conditions and conducted trawl samples throughout the state’s estuarine and nearshore waters to develop recommendations for the opening of the fall shrimp season. Data were used to calculate a date when white shrimp will reach marketable size.
 
The Commission granted authority to the Secretary of LDWF to delay or advance these opening dates if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so, and; to close any portion of Louisiana inside or outside waters to protect small juvenile white shrimp if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so, or enforcement problems develop. 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.
 
Click HERE for a map detailing this opening.
 
For more information, contact Peyton Cagle (337) 491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Red Snapper Landings Estimates through July 22

Release Date: 08/02/2018

Today, LDWF staff updated the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission with the latest red snapper landing estimates through July 22. LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' near real-time landings data collection program, indicates that 530,300 pounds or 71 percent of Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds have been harvested to date.

The current weekends-only season will continue to run until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s allocation.  

This year, state and federal seasons are running concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved LDWF’s application for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) to manage the private recreational snapper season in state and federal waters in 2018 and 2019. Under the EFP, participating anglers are allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal waters, from shore to 200 nautical miles.  

LDWF requests that recreational red snapper fishermen try out the tool developed to report catch electronically through the ROLP website or app. Though voluntary, reporting electronically will help us test this method of harvest data collection. Our goal is to continually improve our harvest data collection techniques to ensure our fishery resources are managed precisely and our fishermen have every possible opportunity to go out and catch fish. To get started on electronic reporting, go to wlf.louisiana.gov/snapper-efp-faqs and see question #14 (If I opt to participate in voluntary electronic reporting, how do I report my catch?). 
     
For more information on the 2018 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit: wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper.

 

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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