Fishing

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Tuesday, May 29

Release Date: 05/24/2018

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting                                                
John Tesvich, Chairman
Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans 70122
 
AGENDA
 
I.              Pledge of Allegiance 
II.             Roll call and introduction of guest
III.            Approval of April 24, 2018, minutes and May 29, 2018, agenda
IV.            Treasury Report
                A. Oyster tag sales
                B. LOTF financial report
V.             Committee Reports
                A. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee (Mitch Jurisich)
                B. Enforcement (Major Chad Hebert)
                C. Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
                D. Reserach (Earl Melancon)
                E. Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
                F. Marketing (LDWF)
                G. Health (Justin Gremillion)
                H. Sustainability (LDWF)
                I. Professionalism (LDWF)
                J. Aquaculture (Steve Pollock)
                K. Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)
VI.           New Business
                A. To hear final update on the 2017-18 oyster season (LDWF)
                B. To hear a presentation of survey results from the LFF Sediment Diversion       
                     Panel and discussion (SeaGrant)
                C. To hear discussion and consider funding to order OTF name tags and shirts 
                     (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/1074084712810039299
 
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.
 
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 the contact at the top of
this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

2018 Louisiana Recreational Red Snapper Season to Open Friday, May 25: Anglers Encouraged to Participate in Voluntary Electronic Reporting to Improve Landings Data

Release Date: 05/22/2018

 
The 2018 recreational red snapper season will begin on Friday, May 25 in both state and federal waters. The season will run 7 days a week with a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size limit.   The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds of red snapper according to estimates from LA Creel.
 
State and federal seasons will run concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ application for an  Exempted Fishing Permit  to manage the private recreational snapper season in state and federal waters in 2018 and 2019. Under the EFP, participating anglers will be allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal EEZ, from shore to 200 nautical miles, during the season set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. NOAA Fisheries will continue to regulate federal for-hire charter vessels.
 
Those who opt to fish under the EFP also have the option to test electronic reporting via the ROLP smartphone application or mobile and desktop version of the ROLP website. If you opt in to voluntary electronic reporting, you must declare each red snapper trip prior to departure and report your catch once you return from each red snapper trip. LDWF hopes that voluntary use of electronic reporting will provide the department with a larger sample size than standard dockside and telephone sampling, improving the quality of recreational landings data to make future management recommendations. Electronic reporting could also provide landings data even faster than LA Creel. If you opt in to voluntary electronic reporting, you may also be contacted to participate in LA Creel.
 
Only resident and non-resident recreational anglers are eligible to fish under the EFP and are reminded of the following:

  • Anglers can sign up via the  ROLP website  or smartphone application ( Google Play  or  iTunes ) to participate. Log into your ROLP account and click the link to register to fish for red snapper under the EFP. Once you have registered, save an electronic copy on your mobile device or print a copy of your ROLP indicating your EFP registration and carry it on your person along with applicable licenses while fishing under the EFP.

All EFP participants will be subject to periodic, random LA Creel dockside surveys and associated online and phone effort surveys, as has been the case since 2014 when LA Creel began. While these surveys are voluntary, we strongly urge your participation, as this will be the primary method for tracking harvest. The accuracy and reliability of harvest estimates depend on angler participation in LA Creel, so we need as many anglers as possible to complete both dockside and phone and email surveys.
 
For additional questions regarding the upcoming red snapper season, the Exempted Federal Fishing Permit, or voluntary electronic reporting, please reference our FAQs.

 
 

 

DOTD Schedules Drawdown on Iatt Lake for Repair Work

Release Date: 05/22/2018

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces that the water level in Iatt Lake will be lowered for a brief period of time beginning on May 31, 2018, in order to complete necessary repairs of the spillway management gates.  
 
The water level will be lowered to a point approximately 9 feet below pool stage in order to access the management gates. It will take several weeks to lower the water to the desired level, and the work is anticipated to be completed within two weeks of achieving the proposed lowered water level. Immediately upon completion of the work, the gates will be closed and the lake allowed to re-fill. The time to re-fill the lake will be dependent upon rainfall after the gates are closed.
 
Questions regarding this notice may be directed to David Pugh at (318) 627-5522 or Brad Sticker at (318) 561-5280.
 
Media Contact
Erin Buchanan
Public Information Officer
Grant, Natchitoches, Sabine, and Winn Parishes
Office: (318) 549-8402
erin.buchanan@la.gov
 
Project Contact
David Pugh, P.E.
Project Engineer
Office: (318) 627-5522 or (318) 627-5457
david.pugh@la.gov
 
Brad Sticker, P.E.
Water Resources Engineer
Office: (318) 561-5280
brad.sticker@la.gov

Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Committee to Meet

Release Date: 05/21/2018

Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Committee

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 9:00 A.M.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

AGENDA

 

I.              Call to Order

II.             Pledge of Allegiance

III.            To Discuss Planning for Management of State Oyster Leasing and Public Seed Grounds Affected by Coastal Projects and Natural Hydrological Changes

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/2834804150508692993

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.govat least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

LDWF Announces Delay in Opening of Shrimp Season in Remaining Portion of Zone 1

Release Date: 05/17/2018

LDWF Announces Delay in Opening of Shrimp Season in Remaining Portion of Zone 1

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced a delay in the opening of shrimp season in the remaining portion of Shrimp Management Zone 1 from May 21 to Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

The opening is as follows:

The portion of Shrimp Management Zone 1 from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the southern shore of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet to open at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Secretary of the department has been notified of recent technical data that could negatively impact the Louisiana commercial shrimp industry. The high volume of brown shrimp landed by commercial harvesters has led to more available shrimp than can be efficiently handled by docks and processors. This situation can be detrimental to the commercial industry by flooding the market with similar sized shrimp, resulting in lower dockside values and a possible loss of harvested shrimp due to lack of available buyers.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is responsible for managing, conserving, and promoting the wise utilization of Louisiana’s renewable fisheries resources. In order to improve the utilization of the resource, LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet has decided to delay the opening of the remaining areas in the Pontchartrain Basin.

A declaration of emergency adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on May 3, 2018, authorized the Secretary of LDWF to delay or advance the opening dates of shrimp season if biological and/or technical data indicate the need to do so. 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 (337) 491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Clarifies Red Snapper Season Start Date for Anglers

Release Date: 05/15/2018

(5-15-18) – LDWF would like to clarify that recreational red snapper harvest begins May 25.  A few anglers have had confusion regarding when recreational fishing for red snapper will be allowed for holders of a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP) under the Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) granted to Louisiana.  While the EFP allows the recreational harvest of red snapper from federal waters outside of a federal season, it only allows that harvest at times and seasons set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) when an angler possesses a saltwater fishing license and a ROLP.  

At its May meeting, the LWFC set the recreational red snapper season to open Friday, May 25 and run daily until LA Creel data indicates the allotted quota has been or is projected to be reached. 

For more information on the EFP and the red snapper season, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page (http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/snapper-efp-faqs).

To view the announcement regarding the 2018 red snapper season, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/42020.

Finfish Task Force To Meet May 17

Release Date: 05/15/2018

Finfish Task Force Agenda

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 2:00PM

The Louisiana Room

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

 

 

I.Call to Order 

II.Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

III.Approval of the December 5, 2017 Meeting Minutes and the May 17, 2018 Agenda

IV.New Business

A.    Election of Vice-Chairman and Alternate Designees-FTF

B.    Approval of the Finfish Task Force Bylaws- FTF

C.    To Hear an Update on the Status of Black Drum and Discussion on Potential Changes to Recreational and Commercial Harvest, Size, and Bag Limits- LDWF

D.   To Hear a Presentation on the Freshwater Stock Assessment- LDWF

E.    To Hear Discussion on Mullet Fisheries Issues- FTF

F.    To Hear Discussion on Finfish Trawling- FTF

V.Public Comment

VI.Set Next Meeting Date and Location

VII.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/1663073300315091201

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 Workshops Introduces Women to the Sport of Fishing

Release Date: 05/08/2018

LDWF Workshops Introduces Women to the Sport of Fishing
LDWF Workshops Introduces Women to the Sport of Fishing

Over 50 women joined the ranks of experienced anglers in Louisiana by participating in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Women’s Fishing Workshops.  The two workshops were held last month at the Cabela’s in Gonzales. Participants were taught how to rig their own rod and reel, fishing tactics, methods of cleaning fish and native fish species identification.

  
The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana sent each participant home with her own rod and reel. In addition, raffle winners brought home new fishing gear courtesy of Cabela’s and Louisiana Fish Fry.     
  
The workshops are open to women 18 and older who have in interest in fishing and conservation but have not had the opportunity to learn the skills and techniques needed to get started. LDWF and Cabela’s have partnered to hold several of these one-day workshops over the past 5 years, training over 200 women. 
  
Those who participate in the workshops are eligible for selection for department coordinated fishing trips where they are paired with a fisheries biologist and boat captain, allowing them to put their newly learned skills to use. Selection for these trips is random due to limited accommodations. 
  
The Department strives to inspire people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors. These workshops are one of the many outreach initiatives LDWF and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation sponsors, designed to do just that. The goal is to provide women with hands-on education and experience from trained staff and volunteers.   
  
The women’s workshops are 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.     

 

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