Fishing

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 11/07/2014

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

1 p.m., Thursday, November 13, 2014

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans 70122

AGENDA

 

I.  Call to Order

II.  Framework development for potential Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) legislation

III. Trip Ticket program discussion on coding for mini –sacks of oysters

IV.  Update on Grand Isle Oyster Hatchery

 

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.

Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8334104986830567425

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 please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

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LWFC Establishes Fisheries Forward Program

Release Date: 11/06/2014

November 6, 2014 – Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a declaration of emergency that establishes the Louisiana Fisheries Forward program to meet the legislatively defined deadline for implementation of November 15.  This program implements certain training requirements for fishermen obtaining crab trap gear licenses who did not possess a commercial crab trap gear license in two out of the four years, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.  This program was designed in close cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Crab Task Force.  These rules will be effective as of November 15 and will remain in effect until the final program rules have been approved.

The training requirements are as follows:

•         Education in the proper fishing techniques necessary for the health and sustainability of crabs;
•         Proper techniques for the best capture and presentation of the crabs for marketability
•         Proper instructions regarding the placement, tending, and maintenance of crab traps to reduce potential conflicts with other user groups
•         Authorizes the program to include a mandatory apprenticeship program
Today’s action does contain a provision that allows LDWF to issue a conditional crab trap license to any applicant who completes their field training prior to the availability of the required training videos.  The training videos are expected to be complete in April of 2015.

For questions regarding the commercial crab trap gear license requirement contact Jason Froeba at jfroeba@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-0121.

For press inquiries, contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.
 

LDWF’s Get Out and Fish Louisiana! Launches in Lafayette

Release Date: 10/23/2014

(Oct. 23, 2014) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in partnership with the City of Lafayette, will launch its new Get Out and Fish! Program on Saturday, November 15 at Girard Park in Lafayette.  Join us for a fun fishing competition and educational activities for all ages.
 
LDWF biologists will demonstrate fishing fundamentals including bait and tackle selection tips to fish identification. Other activities will include knot tying, casting practice and an interative mobile touch tank.  LDWF’s mascot, Robbie the Redfish, will make appearances throughout the day to greet attendees and take photographs.

Fishing competition categories include heaviest catfish and heaviest “other” fish.  Age divisions include Little Angler (ages 10 and under), Junior Angler (ages 11-15) and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older). 
Prior to the event, Girard Park Pond will be stocked with adult channel catfish, so don’t forget to bring your own gear, bait and an ice chest to keep your fish.  Anglers 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. 
 
The event is free, and the first 100 registrants in attendance will receive a complimentary rod and reel, courtesy of Pure Fishing, and a goody bag.  In addition, every participant will be entered into raffle drawings throughout the day for a chance to win prizes from sponsors including Raising Canes, Louisiana Nursery, Home Depot, Buckfins-N-Feathers, Cajun Guns and Tackle and others.  Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Beaver Club of Lafayette.  Pre-registration is available online at www.wlf.la.gov/getoutandfish.

The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations. In order to accomplish this mission, public water bodies that meet the required specifications will be chosen by LDWF biologists and stocked on a regular basis for up to one year. LDWF will promote the launch of each new site with a Get Out and Fish! event.

This event is 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 fish resources.

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 more information on Get Out and Fish! Program, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282.  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

Construction to begin this week on the “Pickets Reef”

Release Date: 10/16/2014

SS26 Pickets Platform

(Oct. 16, 2014) - Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, Apache Corporation, Fieldwood Energy and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will begin construction this week on an artificial reef system at the site of the recently removed structures in Ship Shoal 26, known by many Louisiana anglers as “the Pickets.” A dedication ceremony and media site visit will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Coco Marina in Cocodrie, La.   
 
This cooperative effort calls for the deployment of roughly 14,000 tons of 4-inch limestone over three specially engineered artificial reefs.  The reefs will be designed to protect depressions in the seafloor that were created by the prevailing current flowing around and through the Pickets. In doing so, the reefs will maintain and enhance these scour holes, while providing additional habitat for marine life.
 
“This area has served as a trout fishing haven for many years, and we are extremely pleased that we are able to preserve this angling hot spot,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  "Speckled trout and redfish are typically associated with low- to mid-relief structures which provide a refuge from currents, where they can remain without expending energy while preying on food as it is carried across the structure. This makes this area a particularly important fisheries habitat.”
 
“There are many trout fishermen in this state who have fond memories of the Pickets," said David Cresson, executive director of Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana (CCA Louisiana.) “It’s unfortunate that we have to say goodbye to those structures, but we are grateful to have partners here who were committed to doing everything they could to maintain the area for future generations. The Pickets has been a special place, and this partnership is working to make sure it stays that way.”
 
Fieldwood acquired Apache's Gulf of Mexico shelf assets in 2013, including the Pickets structures and pilings located at Ship Shoal 26. As part of the acquisition, Fieldwood entered into a decommissioning agreement with Apache and is responsible for making sure the removal work at Ship Shoal 26, which is required by the federal government, is completed. From the outset, both companies understood the significance of the iconic structures and were committed to mitigating the impact of the removals on the fishery and the recreational angling community.
 
Obie O'Brien, vice president of Governmental Affairs for Apache Corporation, said, "Apache has operated in South Louisiana and in the Gulf of Mexico for decades. Hundreds of our employees and former employees live, work and raise their families along the coast. We were happy to be part of this effort to preserve, protect and enhance one of the iconic fishing spots in Louisiana. We understand the need for a strong and diverse environment because we live it every day."
 
John Seeger, Fieldwood's vice president of Decommissioning, noted, "The Pickets is an area that residents of Louisiana and Texas—including many of our employees at Fieldwood—have fished for decades. We are required by federal law to remove the structures but wanted to come up with a solution that would preserve this renowned fishing area for generations to come."
 
The $1.2 million project is being funded by Apache, Fieldwood, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Artificial Reef Trust Fund, and CCA’s Building Conservation Trust. The contractor for construction of the reefs, DLS Energy, and the company providing the materials for the reefs, G & H Barge, are providing significant in-kind services and materials for the project. Continuing support of CCA Louisiana’s Habitat Program is provided by the Paul Candies family.
 
The Pickets Reef is the 10th reef of its kind to be funded through the Louisiana Artificial Reef Trust fund in cooperation with CCA Louisiana.  Overall, this is the 14th reef built by CCA Louisiana since 2004.
 
“This project is a great example of industry, nonprofits and government coming together to create a positive outcome for our coast,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “Our thanks goes out to Apache, Fieldwood, CCA and all of our partners for working with us to find a solution to this challenging issue.”
 
“This had the potential to be a sad ending to a storied fishing spot, but now we have a tremendous amount of hard structure going in to replace habitat that is required to be removed,” said John Walther, chairman of CCA Louisiana's Habitat Committee. “This is the best outcome that could be achieved, and Apache and Fieldwood should be commended. They didn't have to go the extra mile, but both companies wanted to make this right from the beginning and they certainly stepped up. We hope this can be a template for addressing marine habitat that stands to be lost due to the Idle Iron Policy.”
 
Marker buoys will be placed on the site after construction is completed so that anglers can locate the reefs.
 
After a short presentation at the Coco Marina at 10 a.m., Tuesday, members of the media will be taken by boat to the reef construction site.  Project organizers and partners will be available to the media throughout the event.
 
For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey, awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

Oyster Season Delayed in Portion of Public Seed Grounds

Release Date: 10/14/2014

October 14, 2014 The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has delayed the oyster season in a portion of the public oyster seed grounds until further notice in an effort to protect recently settled young oysters referred to as spat. 

The delay includes that area of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, including Lake Borgne and Mississippi Sound.  The oyster season was originally set to open in this area on October 20.  Protection of the oyster spat is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in this area of the public oyster seed grounds as they represent the future oyster resource in an area where oyster stocks continue to be low and spatfall has remained below normal.

The Commission authorized LDWF Secretary Robert J. Barham to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered.  The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open 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 and Hospitals for public health concerns.

To view a map detailing today's action click here.

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

 

LWFC Takes Action to Establish the Catch and Cook Program and Permit

Release Date: 10/02/2014

October 2, 2014 – Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a notice of intent to establish the Louisiana Catch and Cook Program and Permit, a program where permitted retail food establishments will be able to prepare certain recreational fish caught by properly licensed fishermen. Rules and regulations, penalties, terms, conditions and requirements will apply to those food establishments and fishermen participating in the program.

To view the Notice of Intent, as passed by the LWFC in its entirety, click here:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/news/38492-lwfc-takes-action-establish-catch-and-cook-program-and-permit/catchandcookpermitnoi9-15lw.pdf  

Public comment will be accepted at the LWFC monthly meetings through 4 p.m., December 1, 2014 Comments will also be accepted by email to Robert Bourgeois at rbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or by mail to Robert Bourgeois, Office of Fisheries, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 9800, Baton Rouge, LA, 70898.

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.

 

 

 

Construction Complete on New Cross Bayou Weir

Release Date: 10/02/2014

Construction Complete on New Cross Bayou Weir

(Oct. 2, 2014) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to announce that construction of the new Cross Bayou Weir, located in the Larto-Saline Complex, is complete.  The water control structure is now closed, allowing the lake to refill and return to pool stage with adequate rainfall. 

Repeated blowouts of the original weir during flooding events, followed by emergency repairs made it necessary to move forward with the construction of a much more substantial structure. 

The weir was originally constructed in 1987 as a measure to restore water flow from the Black River.  The hydrology of the Larto-Saline Complex was seriously impaired by a series of Army Corps of Engineers projects.  Installation of the weir was instrumental in the restoration of the complex, and as a result, one of the most productive crappie fisheries in Louisiana was returned to recreational anglers. 

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 Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet in New Orleans

Release Date: 09/29/2014

The Louisiana Crab Task Force will meet on Tuesday, September 30 at 1 p.m. in New Orleans at the UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210.
 
AGENDA

  1.            Roll Call and introduction of guests
  2.           Approval of September 30 agenda and June 5 meeting minutes
  3.            Financial Report
  4.            Old Business

                       A. Professionalism
                       B. Marketing
                       C. Sustainability

  1.             New Business

                      A.  2015 Derelict Crab Trap Clean-up-  LDWF
                      B.  Report on trap limits in other states- LDWF
                      C. Discussion of 2015 legislative items-LDWF  
                           
       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/1520875631185747969
 
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 and emails directly to your mobile device click  here.
 
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 Shrimp Task Force to Meet on August 6 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 08/01/2014

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

Mark Abraham, Chairman

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 1:30 p.m.

LDWF Headquarters, Louisiana Room

2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge

 

AGENDA

I.      Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.    Approval of April 3 minutes and August 6 agenda

 III.   Treasury Report

           A.    Budget Report – LDWF

IV.    Old Business

           A.   Management sub-committee meeting report

           B.     Gulf -wide Seafood Certification- LDWF

VI.   New Business

         A.      Louisiana Fisheries Forward Program - LDWF

         B.      2014 Fall inshore shrimp season - Lance Nacio

        C.       Recent changes to skimmer net regulations and Tow Time educational outreach efforts - Lance Nacio

         D.      Prosecution of Shrimping violations

         E.       Texas Commercial Shrimping Licenses- Clint Guidry

         F.       Act 294-LWFC authority to amend the inside/outside shrimp line - Clint Guidry

        G.      Washington, D.C.- Clint Guidry

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/3421954324156564737

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 and emails directly to your mobile device click here.

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 Oyster Task Force to meet on August 5 in New Orleans

Release Date: 08/01/2014

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 1 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center, suite 210, New Orleans

 

Agenda

I. Roll call and introduction of guests

II. Approval of June 3 meeting minutes and August 5 agenda

III. Treasury Report

A.     Oyster Tag Sales

B.     LOTF Financial Report

IV. Presentation by Adam and Tommy Waller- The Oyster Bed LLC

V.Committee Reports

A.     Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee (Buddy Pausina)

B.     Enforcement (Major Sammy Martin)

C.     Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.    Research (Patrick Banks)

E.     Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.     Marketing (Ashley Roth)

G.     Health (Lance Broussard)

H.    Sustainability (LDWF)

I.      Professionalism (LDWF)

VI. Old Business

A.     BP Oil Spill Remediation

B.     Landings and Severance Tax Request-LDWF

C.     Oyster Lease Renewals- Marc Maniscalco

D.    Congressional Staff Visit- LSPMB

VII.  New Business

A.      Save Louisiana Coalition- George Ricks

B.      Parliamentary Training- LDWF

C.      Preliminary Stock Assessment Data and Season Recommendations-LDWF

VIII.Public Comment

IX.Set Next Meeting

X.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/4371847708053970177

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 and emails directly to your mobile device click  here.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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