Fishing

Louisiana Brown Shrimp Season to Reopen in a Portion of Mississippi Sound

Release Date: 07/16/2015

Louisiana Brown Shrimp Season to Reopen in a Portion of Mississippi Sound

July 16, 2015 –The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today that based on information provided by LDWF biologists, the brown shrimp season will reopen in portions of Mississippi Sound on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 6 p.m. The following areas will reopen:
 
•  That portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning.
 
In addition to the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, all state outside waters are currently open to shrimping.  State inshore waters are currently closed to shrimping. 
 
For a map detailing the areas currently open to shrimping visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons.
 
The Commission granted authority to LDWF Secretary Robert Barham at the May LDWF Commission meeting to open any area, or re-open any previously closed area, and to open and close special shrimp seasons in any portion of state waters.  This newly reopened portion of inshore state waters will remain open until further notice.   The 2015 fall white shrimp season has not been set.  
 
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.
 
To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages directly to your mobile device 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.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
 

 

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet in New Orleans

Release Date: 07/15/2015

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet in New Orleans

 
July 15, 2015- The Louisiana Crab Task Force will meet Tuesday, July 21 at 1 p.m. at 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210, New Orleans.  
 
The agenda is as follows:

 I.     Roll Call and introduction of guests
II      Approval of April 14, 2015 meeting minutes and July 21, 2015 meeting agenda
III.    Financial Report
IV.    Old Business
               A. 2015 Legislative Session report- Cole Garrett
               B. Results from the LDWF Cooperative Research Survey: Selected Statistics for Respondents who Targeted Crabs-Jack Isaacs
               C. MSC update- Damon Morris
V.      New Business
               A. Derelict Crab Trap Program update and request for locations for derelict crab trap removal- Jeffrey Marx
               B. Industry concerns with number of crab traps in bayous-Pete Gerica
               C. Bait and crab prices- James Bergeron
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/7031527860456935682
 
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 directly to your mobile device 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.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 

Greater Amberjack Commercial Season to Close in Louisiana

Release Date: 07/13/2015

July 13, 2015 – Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2015 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack in Louisiana state waters will close on Sunday, July 19 at 12:01 a.m.
 
Following a review of current landings, data indicates the 2015 Gulf of Mexico commercial quota of 409,000 pounds will be harvested by July 19. 
 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters will also remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing for the remainder of 2015. 
 
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 Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov .  For press inquiries contact Ashley Roth at 504-2864162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov.  To sign for text alerts related to commercial fishing visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/textalert-signup.
 
 
 

 

Last day of federal red snapper season for charter vessels is July 14th

Release Date: 07/09/2015

 

(July 7, 2015) – LDWF would like to remind charter vessels and headboats (for-hire sector) that July 14th is the last day of the federal red snapper season.
 
NOAA Fisheries made the decision to split the recreational red snapper quota into two distinct components – private anglers and charter vessels and headboats (for-hire).  Each component has its own quota allocations based upon NOAA’s catch target figures. Private anglers had a 10-day federal season that closed on June 10, and charter vessels/headboats have a 45-day federal season, closing at the end of day July 14, 2015.
 
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 Rene LeBreton at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8745.  To sign for text alerts related to recreational fishing visit: http://www.fishla.org/text-alert-sign-up/.

 

LDWF Reminds Offshore Anglers of Free, Required Permit

Release Date: 07/07/2015

 

(July 7, 2015) – With summer in full swing, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries takes this opportunity to remind anglers of the free, required Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.  The permit is required for all anglers possessing tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers and snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin, except for anglers under 16 years of age or anglers fishing on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit.
 
The program was developed to better quantify and characterize the charter and recreational fishermen who fish beyond Louisiana’s territorial waters. 
 
The permit is available at no cost to the public.
 
Anglers wishing to obtain or renew a permit can register 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.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant 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 media inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

 

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.

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