Fishing

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet in New Orleans Tuesday September 17

Release Date: 09/13/2013

 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. The meeting will convene at 10:30 a.m. in Suite 210 of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.  

Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

  1. Roll Call of Board Members
  2. Approval of Minutes from July 30, 2013 Meeting
  3. Hearing of Deferred New Permit Appeals
    1. Marty Melerine
  4. Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals
    1. Raymond Green
    2. Troy Alfonso
  5. Update on Recommendations Made at July 30, 2013 Meeting
  6. Receive Public Comments
  7. Set next meeting date
  8. Adjournment

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.

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.

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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, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov
 

Oyster Task Force to Meet Tuesday September 17 in New Orleans

Release Date: 09/13/2013

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting
John Tesvich, Chairman

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans
AGENDA
 
I.      Roll Call

II.     Approval of  Agenda and July 30, 2013  MINUTES

III.    Treasury Report
        A. Oyster Tag Sales
        B. LOTF Financial Report
                          
IV.   Committee Reports
       A.  Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)
       B.  Enforcement   - (Sammy Martin)
       C.  Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)
       D.  Research – (John Supan)
       E.  Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)
       F.  Marketing – (Ashley Roth)
      G.  Health – (Tenney Sibley)
      H. Sustainability-(LDWF)

V.   Old Business
      A. 2013-2014 Oyster Season Dates
      B. BP Oil Spill Remediation
          1. Claims Process
          2. Public Reef Remediation
          3. Oyster Lease Remediation
                      
VI. New Business
      A. ISSC Proposals- Al Sunseri
      B. Tracking Oyster Tag Color on Trip Tickets-LDWF
      C. Establishing an educational campaign “Save Our Reefs”
      D. Oyster Reef Educational Tour    

VII. Public Comment

VIII. Set Next Meeting

IX. Adjourn

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

 

LDWF Officials Withdraw Participation from NOAA’s MRIP Survey Program

Release Date: 09/05/2013

NOAA Fisheries Once Again Grossly Miscalculates Red Snapper Quota for the Gulf
 
September 4, 2013 – In the seemingly endless battle over red snapper management, the Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries took the boldest step to-date, by withdrawing from the NOAA Fisheries Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), the program currently in place to estimate the recreational harvest of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.  A recent review of MRIP data by LDWF biologists indicates NOAA Fisheries has once again seriously miscalculated the recreational red snapper harvest rate for the Gulf of Mexico which resulted in an overharvest of actual Gulf-wide recreational landings during the federal season recommended by the Gulf Council.  This mismanagement hinders the recovery of the stock and penalizes Louisiana anglers who now will likely not have an October federal red snapper season, even though they did not harvest over their allotted fish during the June season.
 
With support from the Commission, the Department will continue to move forward with its own Louisiana Recreational Creel Survey (LA Creel), a more precise data-gathering tool that will provide real-time quota monitoring to ensure the best management decisions are made.
 
“Data gathered through MRIP has once again provided such poor figures to make reasonable management decisions, our Department can no longer in good conscience participate in this program,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “Thanks to the participation of anglers in our mission to collect the best, most real-time data through our LA Creel program, I can say with great confidence that the state of the red snapper fishery in Louisiana will be better than ever moving forward.”
 
The LA Creel has improved methods for precisely estimating recreational harvests and implementing management measures. In the survey’s inaugural year, LDWF biologists measured 23 times more fish and interviewed more than 49 times the vessel trips than the MRIP survey did, already providing a better foundation for sound management of this fishery.  With much more intense sampling, LA Creel will have much tighter confidence intervals and provide more reliable, timely data.
 
“The decision to move forward with the LA Creel and forgo the MRIP Survey was an easy one,” stated Assistant Secretary of Fisheries Randy Pausina.  “As a state we can no longer afford to sit by while our recreational anglers are penalized due to mediocre data.  It is our obligation as fisheries biologists working with Louisiana licensed anglers to provide the best information for responsibly managing our fisheries.”
 
For the sixth time in the last seven years, the Gulf of Mexico recreational harvest of red snapper has exceeded the annual catch limit (ACL), a direct result of catch allocations and fishing seasons set based on NOAA Fisheries’ uncertain data. The only year the limit was not exceeded in the last seven years was in 2010 when the recreational fishing season was shortened due to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Preliminary estimates indicate that actual catch was nearly 40 percent higher than the limit.  This estimate does not include the harvest from Texas, which will drive the overage even higher.
 
“MRIP numbers are all over the place and have been for years,” added Pausina.  “NOAA’s data collection method was never created to be a quota monitoring tool.  We saw a need for a program that could provide this real-time, more robust information, so we simply created one.”
 
NOAA Fisheries uses MRIP landings estimates from previous years to predict upcoming harvests and set future fishing seasons. There can be a large difference between what NOAA Fisheries predicts will be harvested and how much is actually harvested, resulting in miscalculations and harvest overages. When the uncertainty of the MRIP estimates is examined, it is clear that it is nearly impossible to use these numbers to reasonably forecast recreational harvests.
 
MRIP landings estimates are so uncertain that Louisiana’s most recent landings (May through June 2013) are somewhere within a range of a half million pounds, between a low of 124,965 pounds and a high of 681,055 pounds. Therefore, there is a major issue in using this data to accurately predict how much will be harvested and appropriately determine catch allocations and fishing seasons to not exceed limits. For this and other reasons, LDWF will no longer conduct the MRIP survey, as of January 1, 2014. 
 
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 Laura Wooderson at (504) 430-2623 or lwooderson@wlf.la.gov.
 
 
 
 

 

Crab Task Force to Meet August 29 in New Orleans

Release Date: 08/23/2013

 

The following is the agenda for the Crab Task Force Meeting. The Public is invited to attend.

Thursday, August 29, 1:30 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

I.   Roll Call and introduction of guests
II.  Approval of meeting Agenda and July 11,2013 minutes
III. Financial Report- Rene LeBreton
            A. MSC payment update

IV. Old Business
            A. Serviceable Crab Trap Law
            B. Derelict Crab Trap Pilot Program

V. New Business
            A. MSC marketing- Kristin McLaren (LSPMB)
            B. Soft Shell Crab Shedding Grant
            C. 2014 Derelict Crab Trap Clean-up
            D. Hard and Soft Crab Landings-LDWF Rep
            E. Lake Pontchartrain Basin- Keith Watts

VI.  Public Comment
VII. Set Next Meeting
VIII. Adjourn

 

Shrimp Task Force Management Committee to meet Tuesday August 27 in Houma

Release Date: 08/23/2013

 The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Management Committee Meeting

Tuesday, August 27, 2:30 p.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, Louisiana 70360

 

AGENDA

  1.   Roll Call and introduction of guests
  2.   New Business
    1. Proposed projects for Artificial Reef Fund- LDWF Representative
    2. Skimmer Size Legislation-LDWF Representative
    3. Monterey Bay Updated Rating- LDWF Representative
  3. Public Comment
  4. Adjourn

The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force was created by Act 606 of the Louisiana Legislature to study and monitor the shrimp industry and to make recommendations to the state.

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.

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information please contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (228)342-0659.

 

 

 

TONIGHT: LDWF Officials Encourage Public Participation in Open Meeting on Red Snapper Management

Release Date: 08/14/2013

August 14, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds the recreational angling community of tonight’s public hearing on regional management of red snapper by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.  Tonight’s meeting is the final meeting in the series of public outreach meetings, in Baton Rouge at the Doubletree Hotel located on 4964 Constitution Avenue at 6 p.m.
 
“I encourage all interested anglers to attend tonight’s meeting in Baton Rouge,” implored LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “Our Department continues to fight this battle to get our recreational fishing community additional red snapper season days, this is your chance to add your voice to our cause.”
 
Regional Management of Recreational Red Snapper examines dividing the federal recreational red snapper quota among states or regions. This division would potentially give states/regions more flexibility in choosing seasons and bag limits. 
 
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 Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.
 

 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet July 30

Release Date: 07/23/2013

Tuesday, July 30 , 1 PM
UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans
AGENDA

I.   Roll Call

II.  Approval of  May 23, 2013  MINUTES

III. Treasury Report
     A. Oyster Tag Sales
     B. LOTF Financial Report
         a. Accounting of Oyster Development Account from FY 2002
         b. Recommended budget spread for FY 2013

IV. Committee Reports
     A.  Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)
     B.  Enforcement   - (Steve McManus)
     C.  Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)
     D.  Research – (John Supan)
     E.  Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)
     F.  Marketing –
     G.  Health – (Tenney Sibley)
     H. Sustainability-

V. Old Business
    A. ISSC Meeting in San Antonio- October 26-November 1
    B.  BP Oil Spill Remediation
         1. Claims Process
         2. Public Reef Remediation
         3. Oyster Lease Remediation               

VI. New Business
     A. Response letter sent to CPRA and state legislators     
     B. Spat report-Tom Soniat
     C. Preliminary Stock Assessment Data and season recommendations   

VII. Set Next Meeting

VIII. Adjourn

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

CLARIFICATION: Shrimp Season to Close Thursday July 4 in Majority of the Terrebonne Basin

Release Date: 07/04/2013

(July 3, 2012) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2013 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, in the Terrebonne Basin from the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island, except for potions of lower Timbalier Bay, Terrebonne Bay, Lake Pelto and Pelican Lake that border the Gulf.


Specifically, the inside waters within the Terrebonne Basin that will remain open to shrimping are bounded by the following coordinates:  south of 29 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and south of 29 degrees 07 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 50 minutes 30 seconds west longitude.

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 this area was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.
 


LDWF is extending the shrimp season in these lower coastal bays and lakes to provide shrimpers with added opportunities to harvest emigrating brown shrimp while limiting adverse impacts to developing white shrimp populations.  However, if compliance among shrimpers with respect to these boundaries becomes a problem, LDWF will immediately close these waters to shrimping.
 


For a map detailing these closures please click here:

All remaining state inside waters, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line, will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice, with the exception of those areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Maps of the areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill
 


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 Martin Bourgeois at (985) 594-4130 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.   For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.

Shrimp Season to Close in Additional State Waters

Release Date: 07/02/2013

Shrimp Season to Close in Additional State Waters

(July 2, 2013) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2013 spring inshore shrimp season will close in state inside waters from the Atchafalaya River westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line.  These waters will close as follows:

  • 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 will close one-half hour after sunset on Saturday, July 6,
  • state inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line will close at 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 9.

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 this area was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.

All remaining state inside and outside waters, except for portions of the Terrebonne Basin will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice, with the exception of those areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Maps of the areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill

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 Martin Bourgeois at (985) 594-4130 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-2396 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

 

 

 

Shrimp Season to Close Thursday July 4 in Majority of the Terrebonne Basin

Release Date: 06/28/2013

June 28, 2013 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2013 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, in the Terrebonne Basin except for potions of lower Timbalier Bay, Terrebonne Bay, Lake Pelto and Pelican Lake that border the Gulf.
 
Specifically, the inside waters within the Terrebonne Basin that will remain open to shrimping are bounded by the following coordinates:  south of 29 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and south of 29 degrees 07 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 50 minutes 30 seconds west longitude
 
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 this area was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.
 
LDWF is extending the shrimp season in these lower coastal bays and lakes to provide shrimpers with added opportunities to harvest emigrating brown shrimp while limiting adverse impacts to developing white shrimp populations.  However, if compliance among shrimpers with respect to these boundaries becomes a problem, LDWF will immediately close these waters to shrimping.
 
For a map detailing these closures please click here:
 
All remaining state inside waters, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line, will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice, with the exception of those areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Maps of the areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill
 
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 Martin Bourgeois at (985) 594-4130 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.   For press inquiries, contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.
 

 

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