Fishing

Oyster Task Force Aquaculture Subcommittee to Meet

Release Date: 11/04/2016

Oyster Task Force Aquaculture Committee Meeting

Monday, November 7, 2016

UNO 3rd Floor Conference Room

10am-Noon

 

Agenda

1.     Review Alternative Oyster Culture (AOC) on private lands

a.     Dual claim?

b.     Permitting

i.     Mariculture permit

1.     Exempting oysters via changing legislative definition of “fish”

2.     AOC on existing oyster leases

a.     Suitability map

 i.     Review creation

ii.     Modification

 iii.     Elimination?

1.     Leave siting to CUP process

3.     Marine Enterprise Zones (aka Aquaculture Park)

a.     Review of Grand Isle Oyster Farming Zone

b.     Expansion to other areas and parishes

 

 i.     Modify existing legislation or new legislation?

Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Subcommittee to Meet

Release Date: 11/04/2016

Coastal Restoration Subcommittee

Monday, November 7, 2016, 10:30 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Call to Order

II.             To hear a presentation on developing an oyster fishery and restoration strategy east of the Miss. River considering the changing basin conditions- Dr. john Lopez

III.           Public Comment

IV.           Set next meeting

V.             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/6193189837396556801

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LDWF and CPRA announce the reopening of Elmer’s Island Refuge

Release Date: 11/03/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) announced the completion of the Caminada Beach and Dune Restoration Project and the reopening of Elmer’s Island Refuge for October 31st. 

“Elmer’s Island has never looked better”, said LDWF Secretary, Charlie Melancon. “This is a great example of a project that is able to enhance habitat for wildlife and provide opportunities for recreational users while offering additional coastal protection to the area”.

CPRA began the restoration project on the western end of the Caminada headlands in 2012 and restored approximately 300 acres and 6 miles of beach and dune habitat. The eastern half of the project, which includes Elmer’s Island, began in 2013, and restored approximately 500 acres and 7 miles of beach and dune.

Designated as Increment 1 and Increment II, funding sources included state surplus, CIAP funds and funds resulting from the settlement of federal criminal charges against BP and Transocean, through NFWF.

In total, the two projects restored 13 miles of Louisiana’s barrier shoreline and represent one of the largest restoration projects ever constructed by the CPRA with a combined project investment of over $200 million.

“This is the largest single coastal and habitat restoration project in CPRA history,” said CPRA Chairman Johnny Bradberry. “CPRA’s work to restore coastal beaches, dunes, and habitats along barrier islands, is vital to achieve a productive and resilient working coast, and a robust barricade to attenuate storm surge and flooding.”

Elmer’s Island is open 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.  The public is reminded to pack out all trash and litter from the refuge. For more details on regulations regarding Elmer’s Island, please visit the LDWF website:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/elmers-island

 

For further information, contact Rene LeBreton at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov, 504-286-8745, or Chuck Perrodin CPRA Public Information Director at (225) 342-7615.

Melancon pledges LDWF support to “Restore the Earth’s” restoration effort

Release Date: 10/31/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release

October 28, 2016

 

Contact: Ed Pratt
LDWF Press Secretary
225-765-3970

epratt@wlf.la.gov

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LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon chats with P.J. Marshall, co-founder and executive director of Restore the Earth Foundation.

Amended - Melancon pledges LDWF support to “Restore the Earth’s” restoration effort

Oct. 28, 2016 - “You have our total support,” Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon pledged Thursday to a national organization attempting to restore some 1 million acres of land along the Lower Mississippi River Basin, or as Restore the Earth Foundations calls it, “North America’s Amazon”.

Melancon was a guest speaker at the Restore the Earth Foundation’s kick off activity – the planting of trees at Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area in Terrebonne Parish. Volunteers from several public and private businesses and groups participated in the effort that will eventually reach 4,000 acres planted along the coast.

“This is a great public and private partnership for a great cause,” Melancon said. He told REF officials that Louisiana will “work alongside you as long as it takes to get this done.”

The tree-planting ceremony kicked off Restore the Earth’s long range plan to restore Mississippi River Basin land which it calls North America’s Amazon. The commitment in Louisiana is part of a larger 15-year commitment to restore 1 million acres in the Lower Mississippi River Basin.

P.J. Marshall, co-founder and executive director of REF said, "To address the significant coastal wetland loss here in Louisiana, and the bigger issues of environmental degredation in the United States and around the world, we need big picture goals and diverse, collaborative partnerships which bring together visionaries from government, non-profits and companies to restore the Earth!   Its projects like these where collaboration becomes impact.”

REF says if its goals are met, the result will be: the reduction of America’s carbon foot print by 2 percent, the reversal of the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico by 12 percent; improved water quality; mitigation contaminates reaching the Gulf of Mexico; and the creation of jobs.

REFs has created partnerships with the Entergy, Shell Oil, CITGO, VMware, U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD), Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture, the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and others.

Dozens of volunteers from REF’s partners participated in Thursday’s tree planting Groundbreaking ceremony, planting over 600 trees.

REF, based in Ithaca, NY, with offices in New Orleans, was founded in 2010 and set its mission to restore the Earth’s essential forest ecosystems.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

Restore the Earth Foundation donates “Marsh Master” to LDWF

Release Date: 10/31/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
October 28, 2016

 

Contact: Ed Pratt

LDWF Press Secretary

225-765-3970

epratt@wlf.la.gov

 

AMENDED - Restore the Earth Foundation donates “Marsh Master” to LDWF

Restore the Earth Foundation, donated the “Marsh Master”, built by Baton Rouge-based Coast Machinery, LLC, on Thursday to LDWF

Oct. 28, 2016 - Restore the Earth Foundation announced its gift of a Marsh Master to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at its groundbreaking at Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area on October 27th. 

 

The Marsh Master, built by Coast Machinery LLC of Baton Rouge, will support the 4,000-acre restoration at Pointe-aux-Chenes and will be used by LDWF for any and all land management needs in the future.

 

Restore the Earth Foundation donated Marsh Master to LDWF as a gift to honor the 6-year partnership between REF and LDWF.

 

According to REF, the longstanding partnership has made many large scale coastal restoration projects possible in the past 6 years including projects at Pass a Loutre, Raccoon Island and Pointe-aux-Chenes

 

The Marsh Master, with its multiple attachments, is valued at about $150,000. It will be used by LDWF to control vegetation in the areas where the trees, up to 4,000, will eventually be planted along the state’s Mississippi River Basin.

 

Another Marsh Master was used to clear away vegetation for the Oct. 27 tree planting.

 

Shane Granier, a biologist manager with LDWF, said the Marsh Master will be used on a regular basis to clear away vegetation that may crowd out and eventually kill the newly planted trees. Additionally, he said, LDWF will be able to use the March Master for many of its projects in water-soaked areas.

 

“There will be a multitude of projects that we will be able to use this machine to take care of,” Grainier said. For instance, he said, “it can be used to maintain some of the swampier areas for deer hunters.”

 

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 recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meeting

Release Date: 10/27/2016

 

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:  Thursday, November 3, 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, and 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.

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 10/27/2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Terrebonne Council Meeting Room
8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360
 
AGENDA
 
I.       Roll call and introduction of guests
II.      Approval of July 13, 2016 meeting minutes and November 2, 2016 agenda
III.     Treasury Report
                A.  Budget report- LDWF
IV.     Old Business
                A.     Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council Update- Myron Fischer
                B.     Update on the Status of Shrimp Permits- Myron Fischer
V.      New Business
                A.     Update on the Inside/ Outside Line- Jeff Marx
                B.     Sustainability Update- Fisheries Improvement Plan- Damon Morris
                C.     Discussion of Experimental Gear Program- Cole Garrett
                D.     Update on the Refrigeration Grant Program- Richard Williams
                E.     To Consider Funding the Seafood Promotions and Marketing Board-  
                         Chairman
                F.     Discussion of Ethics Procedures, Reports, and Violations- George Barisich
                G.     Discussion of Trawl Board Gear Regulations- Acy Cooper
                H.    Discussion of Shrimp/ Crab Task Force Appointees- Acy Cooper
                I.      Discussion of the LA Authentic Wild Seafood Program- Acy Cooper
                J.       Discussion of Seafood Label of Origin- Acy Cooper
VI.       Public Comment
VII.      Set Quarterly Meetings
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 listen in to the meeting via webinar register at:
 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8736933077762149379

Elmer's Island to Close for Construction

Release Date: 10/13/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in coordination with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will close Elmer’s Island and its access road to the public on Monday, October 24 for construction.
 
The 7-day closure will allow time for road repairs and installation of a parking area at the end of the access road.  Vehicular traffic on the access road will resume once repairs are complete.
 
Elmer’s Island Refuge is located approximately 50 miles south of New Orleans, at the southern end of Jefferson Parish, where the Barataria Estuary meets the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is bordered by Highway 1 to the north, Caminada Pass and Grand Isle to the east, Lafourche Parish to the west and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.

LWF COMMISSION SETS 2016-17 CALCASIEU LAKE OYSTER SEASON

Release Date: 10/12/2016

Last week, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2016-17 oyster season in Calcasieu Lake. The season was set based on the annual oyster stock assessment provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments received from members of the public, including the oyster industry.

Both the East Side and West Cove portions of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area will open one-half hour before sunrise on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  However, this action does not supersede public health closures.

During the 2016-17 oyster season, the following provisions will be in effect:

1.              Any vessel from which any person(s) takes or attempts to take oysters from the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area described above are limited to a daily take and possession limit not to exceed seven sacks of oysters per vessel.  A sack of oysters for the purposes of this declaration of emergency shall be defined as the size described in R.S. 56:440. 

2.              If any person on a vessel takes or attempts to take oysters from the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area described above, all oysters contained on that vessel will be deemed to have been taken from said public oyster area from the time harvest begins until all oysters are off-loaded dockside.

3.              Prior to leaving the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area with oysters harvested from said oyster area, all oysters must be sacked. The number of sacks should be recorded in a log book, and each sack shall be properly tagged.

4.              All vessels located in the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area during those times between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise should have all oyster dredges unshackled.

The following areas shall remain closed for the 2016/2017 oyster season:

1. The 2015 Calcasieu Lake West Cove Cultch Plant within the following coordinates:

        A.          29 degrees 52 minutes 39.66 seconds

         93 degrees 23 minutes 42.14 seconds

         B.         29 degrees 52 minutes 28.94 seconds

         93 degrees 23 minutes 42.20 seconds

         C.         29 degrees 52 minutes 39.60 seconds

         93 degrees 23 minutes 31.92 seconds

         D.         29 degrees 52 minutes 29.01 seconds

         93 degrees 23 minutes 31.92 seconds

2.  The 2015 Calcasieu Lake Southeast Side Cultch Plant within the following coordinates:

                        A.    29 degrees 50 minutes 25.46 seconds

       93 degrees 17 minutes 05.83 seconds

                        B.    29 degrees 50 minutes 19.83 seconds

       93 degrees 17 minutes 04.64 seconds

          C.      29 degrees 50 minutes 28.52 seconds

       93 degrees 16 minutes 51.37 seconds

                        D.    29 degrees 50 minutes 22.86 seconds

       93 degrees 16 minutes 50.19 seconds

            3.  The Cheniere Reef Artificial Reef Planning Area within the following coordinates:

                        A.     93 degrees 51 minutes 09.10 seconds

        93 degrees 17 minutes 06.96 seconds

                        B.     29 degrees 51 minutes 09.35 seconds

       93 degrees 16 minutes 50.20 seconds

          C.      29 degrees 51 minutes 05.33 seconds

       93 degrees 16 minutes 46.06 seconds

          D.      29 degrees 50 minutes 50.72 seconds

       93 degrees 16 minutes 45.78 seconds

          E.      29 degrees 50 minutes 50.96 seconds

       93 degrees 17 minutes 09.62 seconds

          F.       29 degrees 51 minutes 05.56 seconds

       93 degrees 17 minutes 09.90 seconds

              4.         The Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area (as described in R.S. 56:435.1).

Closure dates will be determined by LDWF Secretary Melancon on an “as needed” basis, based on biological and harvest data, or if enforcement issues are encountered.  The Secretary is also authorized by the Commission to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended, and to open public 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 in advance, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

For maps associated with the above season visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons
 

LDWF to Open Fall Red Snapper Season in State Waters

Release Date: 10/07/2016

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, at its regularly scheduled October meeting, took action allowing recreational anglers to harvest additional red snapper in state waters beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, October 7, 2016, during weekends only.  Weekends are restricted to Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.  
 
This action was taken by the Commission after receiving a red snapper landings update from the Department.  Preliminary estimates from the Department’s LA Creel Program indicate Louisiana’s recreational fishermen (private anglers and charter-for-hire) landed a total of 1,041,321 pounds of red snapper through September 6, 2016, when Louisiana’s state water red snapper season closed. These landings account for approximately 93 percent of our historical average for both the private angler and charter boat components of the recreational sector (1,116,732 pounds).
 
This fall season will allow recreational anglers the opportunity to harvest the remaining 75,411 pounds of red snapper in state waters, with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length.  The department will monitor harvest, and the Secretary was given the authority to close the season when necessary to protect the resource.
 
Recreational Offshore Landing Permit
 
LDWF reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to possess certain species, including red snapper.  Anglers may obtain or renew the permit, free of charge at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov. 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.
 
Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need a permit as long as the charter captain has a valid Charter Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

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