Fishing

False River Watershed Council Hosts Open House

Release Date: 07/27/2016

The False River Watershed Council invites you to an open house event to provide information and updates on the False River restoration project.
 
Who:  False River Watershed Council, including representatives from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury, local legislators, other state agencies and private citizens
 
What:  Open house meeting to discuss False River restoration project
 
When:  Tuesday, August 2, 2016, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
 
Where:  Cottonport Community Center
                 208 East Main Street
                 New Roads, LA
 
Meeting topics include:

  •   Phase II – North Flat dredging project
  •   M1 and M2 project reports/updates
  •   2016-17 drawdown information
  •   Best management practices for riverbank stablilization and reduction of erosion on private property
  •   Creating habitat in the lake and around lakefront property

Gray Triggerfish State and Federal Fishing Season Will Remain Closed Through December 31, 2016

Release Date: 07/23/2016

July 23, 2016 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the season for the recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will remain closed in Louisiana waters.  The recreational season was originally scheduled to re-open on August 1, after the June 1st – July 30th seasonal closure.

NOAA Fisheries has determined that the annual recreational catch target of 177,123 pounds has already been harvested, and the closure is necessary to prevent further harvest.  NOAA Fisheries announced that the Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, currently closed to recreational harvest of gray triggerfish, will not reopen on August 1as normally scheduled.

During the closure, recreational harvest or possession of gray triggerfish is prohibited in state and federal waters.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in previously promulgated (LAC 76.VII.335.G.5) rules to change or modify the opening and closing dates for any recreational reef fish season in Louisiana waters when notified by NOAA Fisheries.  

 

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance @wlf.la.gov. 

Recreational Greater Amberjack State and Federal Fishing Season Will Remain Closed Through December 31, 2016

Release Date: 07/22/2016

July 22, 2016 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the recreational greater amberjack season will remain closed in Louisiana waters.  The recreational season was originally scheduled to re-open on August 1, after the June 1 - July 30 seasonal closure.

NOAA Fisheries has determined that the annual recreational catch target of 1,034,442 pounds has already been harvested, and the closure is necessary to prevent further harvest.  NOAA Fisheries has determined that the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will not reopen as scheduled on August 1. 

During the closure, recreational harvest or possession of greater amberjack is prohibited in state and federal waters.  This closure is necessary to protect the greater amberjack resource. The greater amberjack population is considered overfished (the population is too low) and limiting harvest is necessary for the population to recover.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in previously promulgated (LAC 76.VII.335.G.5) rules to change or modify the opening and closing dates for any recreational reef fish season in Louisiana waters when notified by NOAA Fisheries.  

 

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance @wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-2396 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Delays Drawdown for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 07/22/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has delayed a drawdown of Lake Bistineau, originally scheduled for July 25 until Monday, August 15, 2016, to provide additional time for recreational use and removal of watercraft in advance of low water conditions. This drawdown delay will also allow the Department to evaluate the efficacy of such actions, which will inform future aquatic plant control decisions.

The annual drawdown is a necessary component of the department’s integrated lake management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth, particularly giant salvinia, and to improve the sport fishery.   Although there is a significant amount of giant salvinia in the lake, much of the lower portion of the lake remains accessible for fishing and other recreational activities.

The lake should dewater at a rate of 4 to 6 inches per day and will be lowered to a maximum drawdown level of 8 feet below normal pool stage. The Lake Bistineau control gates are scheduled for closure on November 30, 2016, to allow the lake to refill for winter and early-spring recreational activities.

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.  Boaters are advised to use caution during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater obstructions. 

Drawdown recommendations are designed to optimize benefits to the aquatic ecosystem and balance the desires of multiple user groups that enjoy the lake for fishing, boating, duck hunting, water sports, and other activities.

The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland

 

For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.  

Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet July 26

Release Date: 07/21/2016

Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 10:30 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

AGENDA

 

I.              Call to Order

II.             Discussion and Update on the 2016 Legislative Session

III.              Discussion of the Shrimping Industries’ Concerns of Oyster Lease Boundaries and Markers

IV.              Discussion of Dual Claimed Areas that Encompass Existing State Leases and Public Seed Grounds

V.             Public Comment

VI.          Set next meeting

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.

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

 

 

 

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 07/18/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has scheduled a drawdown of Lake Bistineau (Webster, Bossier and Bienville parishes) for giant salvinia control, organic reduction and fish habitat improvement.  The drawdown is designed to reduce the further expansion of salvinia as summertime temperatures promote maximum growth.
 
The water control structure is scheduled to open on July 25, 2016, and the lake should dewater at a rate of 4 to 6 inches per day.  The water level will be lowered to a maximum drawdown level of 8 feet below normal pool stage.  The Lake Bistineau control gates are scheduled for closure on November 30, 2016, to allow the lake to refill for winter and early-spring recreational activities.
 
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.  Boaters are advised to use caution during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater obstructions. 
 
This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve the Lake Bistineau sport fishery.  An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.
 
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066. 

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meeting

Release Date: 07/15/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct an informational meeting concerning Lake Bistineau.
 
Who:  LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
 
What:  Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
 
When:  Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
 
Where:    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office
                Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
                9961 Hwy. 80
                Minden, LA 71055
 
The meeting will include an update on the current status of the lake along with a presentation on some of the issues facing Bistineau.  LDWF staff will field questions concerning the management of the lake and giant salvinia.  Everyone interested in Lake Bistineau is encouraged to attend. 
 
Space is limited to 100 individuals, so please keep this in mind when making plans to attend.  
 
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

 

 

NOAA to Hold Public Meetings about Expanding Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Release Date: 07/14/2016

For Immediate Release

 

 

(July 14, 2016) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to notify the public that NOAA will be holding two meetings in Louisiana to explain and get feedback on their proposal to expand the boundaries of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Meeting details are as follows:

 

Where: Hilton New Orleans Airport, Segnette Room, 901 Airline Drive, Kenner, Louisiana 70062

When: Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm

 

Where: Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center, 646 Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette, Louisiana 70506

When: Thursday, July 21, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm

NOAA is considering five different options for expanding the sanctuary to better manage and protect important habitat and cultural resources and provide more opportunities for research and restoration. Options range from keeping the status quo to expanding the sanctuary up to 935 square miles.

NOAA’s preferred option would expand the sanctuary 383 square miles to include an additional 15 banks, located from 70 to 120 miles offshore and comprised of reefs and bottom features that provide habitat for fish and other biological resources in the Gulf of Mexico. This proposal would extend the existing protections of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary to these additional areas to limit any activities considered bottom-disturbing. These protections allow for commercial and recreational fishing by hook and line only; shrimp trawls, longlines, spear guns, and other fishing gear are prohibited. Additionally, anchoring any vessel within protected areas is prohibited.

FAQs regarding impacts of the expansion can be found here: flowergarden.noaa.gov/management/expansionfaq.html

For additional details about the five alternatives being considered, click here: flowergarden.noaa.gov/management/expansiondeis.html

If you cannot attend one of these public meetings, you may also submit comments electronically or by mail.

·      Electronically: go to www.regulations.gov using docket number NOAA-NOS-2016-0059. Click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

·      Mail: George P. Schmahl, Sanctuary Superintendent, Flower Garden Banks NMS, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston, TX 77551

Public comments must be received by August 19, 2016

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