Fishing

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force applauds the passage of HB 668

Release Date: 07/01/2015

 
July 1, 2015 - The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force applauds the actions of state legislators and Governor Jindal as HB 668 by Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill was signed into law today.  Effective August 1, HB 668 repeals state laws, which up to this point have prohibited Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents from enforcing federal turtle excluder device (TED) and by-catch reduction device (BRD) regulations in state territorial waters.
 
Louisiana shrimpers have always been required to comply with federal TED regulations, but this bill authorizes LDWF agents to enforce the regulations.
 
Throughout the year, the Shrimp Task Force worked with industry members and attended public meetings to better understand the industry’s concerns regarding the repeal of the existing laws.   Based on the feedback and support received from the industry, the Shrimp Task Force led the way and voted unanimously at their April 1, 2015 meeting to repeal the current prohibition of enforcement.
 
“Today is a monumental day for our shrimp industry and will show the world that Louisiana fishermen and processors have always been concerned with the successful management of our shrimp fishery, said Mark Abraham, Shrimp Task Force Chairman. “The Shrimp Task Force applauds Governor Jindal and our state legislators who worked with us to pass this legislation.”
 
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 press inquiries, contact Ashley Roth at 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov. To sign for text alerts related to commercial fishing visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/textalert-signup.

 

Shrimp Season to Close July 2 in Remainder of State Inside Waters Except for Breton and Chandeleur Sounds

Release Date: 06/29/2015

 
June 29, 2015 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2015 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, in the remainder of state inside waters except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.
 
This action closes shrimping in inside waters within the Mermentau, Calcasieu and Sabine Rivers Basins extending from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line. It also closes those inside waters in Eastern Louisiana currently open, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne and a portion of the Mississippi Sound located in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.  This action also closes those portions of Barataria Bay, Terrebonne Bay and Lake Pelto that remained open on June 19.
 
Effective with this closure all state inside waters will be closed to shrimping except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double–rig line in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.  All state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice.

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these waters was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.
 
For more information visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet August 6 to consider opening dates for the fall inshore shrimp season.  At the July 2 meeting of the Commission, they will consider action to authorize LDWF Secretary Robert Barham to open the fall white shrimp season if needed prior to the August 6 Commission meeting.
 
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 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

 

Atchafalaya Basin Black Bass Creel Limit Set to Change

Release Date: 06/18/2015

(June 18, 2015) – Beginning Saturday, June 20, black bass regulations on the Atchafalaya River Basin will be consistent with statewide regulations – no length limit with a 10 fish daily creel.  Impacted waterbodies include the Atchafalaya River Basin, Lake Verret, Lake Palourde Complex and Lake Fausse Point/Lake Dauterive Complex.
 
In June 2013, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved the removal of the 14-inch minimum length, and as a temporary transition measure, reduced the daily creel limit from 10 to seven bass for a two-year period.  This restriction has now expired.
 
The decision to change the regulation two years ago was made after review of an extensive three-year study where findings showed the Atchafalaya Basin largemouth bass population did not exhibit criteria for which a 14-inch limit would produce larger bass.  The study indicated that the Basin bass population is more heavily influenced by environmental factors, including water fluctuation and the effects of tropical storms rather than angler harvest.
 
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 Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

Recreational red snapper season remains open in Louisiana state waters

Release Date: 06/17/2015

June 17, 2015 – After a 10 day federal red snapper season that ran from June 1 through June 10, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries wants to remind recreational anglers that the season for the recreational harvest of red snapper in Louisiana state waters remains open.
 
On March 20, 2015, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries opened the Louisiana red snapper season in Louisiana state waters seven days per week until further notice.  The bag and possession limit for the state-waters season is two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length.

 
The Louisiana Gulfward Boundary
 
In June 2012, the Commission took action to extend Louisiana state waters from three miles offshore to three marine leagues, or approximately 9 nautical miles, offshore.
 
LDWF officials encourage fishermen to use caution and their own personal judgment when fishing beyond the three-mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters, as it is fully expected that federal agents will continue to enforce federal law.  Until U.S. Congress confirms Louisiana’s action, the battle will continue over Louisiana’s state water boundary.

 
Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

 
The Department reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to possess certain species, including red snapper.  Anglers may obtain or renew his or her permit free of charge at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov.
 
The permit is required for any angler possessing tuna, billfish, swordfish, amberjack, grouper snapper, hind, wahoo, cobia and dolphin, except for anglers under 16 years of age or fishing on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit.
 
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 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 Ashley Wethey, awethey@wlf.la.gov or 225-721-0489

 

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meetings

Release Date: 06/09/2015

 
(June 9, 2014) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public meeting to provide an update on the status of giant salvinia control efforts and other lake management issues on Lake Bistineau.  This meeting is second in a series of public meetings planned to provide current information as well as offer the opportunity for input and discussion. 
 
Space is limited to 100 people.  Please keep this in mind when making plans to attend. 
 
Who:  LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
 
What:  Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
 
When:  Tuesday, June 23 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 current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
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 Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

LDWF Announces Text Message Notification System

Release Date: 06/08/2015

(June 8,2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is now offereing a text message notification system for those interested in receiving Louisiana recreational or commercial fishing news.
 
Text message notifications will be sent on important updates such as season openings and closures, regulation changes and meeting announcements.
 
To sign up for recreational fishing text alerts visit www.fishla.org/text-alert-sign-up and to sign up for commercial fishing text alerts 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.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For media Inquiries contact Ashley Roth, aroth@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-4162.

 

LDWF reminds anglers fishing from the Port Eads marina that new possession limits and fish conditions are not currently in effect

Release Date: 06/05/2015

June 5, 2015 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind anglers staying at the Port Eads marina in Plaquemines Parish that the new possession limit (up to 3-day bag limit) and possession condition (filleted fish) requirements are not yet in effect. 
 
An official press release will be issued to notify our anglers when the new changes take effect.   For information regarding these new rules, you can contact Brett Falterman at 504-286-4160 or the Port Eads marina directly at 504-308-1602.
 
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 press release inquiries contact Rene LeBreton, rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-8733.  
 
 

Postponed Drawdown on Iatt Lake

Release Date: 05/28/2015

(May 28, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has postponed a scheduled drawdown on Iatt Lake in Grant Parish.   The drawdown has been delayed indefinitely due to the high water level in the Red River, prohibiting the lake from draining. 
 
The Department will continue to monitor the situation and adjust the drawdown schedule as necessary.
 
The intent of the drawdown is to control nuisance aquatic vegetation.
 
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) 487-5885. 
 
For press inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

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