Fishing

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet May 7, 2013

Release Date: 04/30/2013

The next meeting of the Louisiana Crab Task Force will be on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Waddill Outdoor Education Center.  The Waddill Center is located at 4142 North Flannery Rd. in Baton Rouge. 
Agenda items will include:

  • Review of personal financial disclosure reporting requirements
  • Review of Crab Task Force standard operating procedures
  • Update on balances in the derelict crab trap removal and crab promotion and marketing accounts
  • Serviceable crab trap sub-committee meeting report
  • 2013 derelict crab trap removal rodeo results
  • Immature female blue crab harvests
  • Enhancing professionalism in the blue crab fishery

EDITORS:  For more information, contact Carl Britt at 985-882-0027, or cbritt@wlf.la.gov

Larto Saline Control Structure Fails

Release Date: 01/29/2013

Jan. 29, 2012 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) personnel have confirmed that a portion of Cross Bayou Weir has failed.  As a result, the Larto-Saline Complex in central Louisiana has begun to dewater and will soon become equal with the water level of Black River.  

The Cross Bayou Weir is a low-water dam designed to allow inflow of beneficial Black River water.  Current estimates suggest that the water level of the complex could fall an additional 6 feet without immediate repairs.  

The Cross Bayou Weir and similar structures at Long Branch and Open Mouth Bayou are considered to be primarily responsible for the renovation of the Larto-Saline sport fishery.  Waters  previously impaired by flood control projects have provided excellent fishing since LDWF constructed the structures in the late 1980’s.  LDWF staff recognize the urgency of the situation and are currently assessing damage to the structure and will initiate repairs as soon as possible.   

For additional information please contact Mike Wood mwood@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov.

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.

LDWF Launches New Program to Improve the Accuracy of Yellowfin Tuna Landings

Release Date: 12/29/2012

Dec. 29, 2012- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that a more accurate method of determining Louisiana’s recreational  landings  of yellowfin tuna will go into effect January 1, 2013.  The new method requires anglers and charter captains possessing tunas, billfishes, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, and snappers first obtain an Offshore Landing Permit.  The permit is available at no cost to the public, and can be obtained through the Department’s website at www.wlf.la.gov/rolp or through smartphone applications.  The iPhone app can be downloaded free from the App Store by searching for Louisiana Recreational Offshore Landing Permits App.  The Android app can be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play Store by searching for LDWF Rec. Offshore Landing App.  Permits will be available after January 1, 2013.

Anglers who land yellowfin tuna must report that catch prior to offloading the catch.  Reporting can be done through the smartphone application described above or by calling the toll free number 877-792-3440 and responding to the prompts provided. 

Charter captains using tags provided by the department must report landings by the 15th of the month following the month in which the yellowfin tuna was landed.

 A detailed description of the program and reporting requirements can be found at the department’s website www.wlf.louisiana.gov/rolpor by calling Jason Adriance at (504)-284-2032. 

The department will hold three informational workshops explaining reporting requirements and the use of the new technology.  These workshops will be held in the following locations beginning at 5:30 p.m. local time:

January 15, 2013

LDWF Fisheries Research Lab

195 Ludwig Annex

Grand Isle, La 70358

 

January 16, 2013

Belle Chasse Auditorium

8398 Highway 23

Belle Chasse, La 70037

 

January 17, 2013

Houma Municipal Auditorium

880 Verret Street

Houma, La 70360

 

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.

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LDWF Offers Online Renewal for Commercial Licenses

Release Date: 12/24/2012

 

Dec. 24, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) now offers commercial license holders the option to renew online for 2013.

LDWF has opened another avenue for Louisiana commercial license holders to renew their licenses for 2013.  Customers who held a license in the immediate prior year for the requested renewal can go online at the department’s web site and renew those licenses.

Previously, customers with commercial licenses could only renew by mail or in person at the Baton Rouge office.  Now, they have a third option of using the Internet, which provides the customers with at-home service and savings on travel expenses.  It also allows LDWF to provide quicker service to its customers.  Online renewal can be found at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses.

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.

Fall Shrimp Season To Close In Large Portion of Inshore Waters

Release Date: 12/12/2012

Fall Shrimp Closure - Large Portion of Inshore Waters

December 12, 2012– Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced today that the fall shrimp season will close in a majority of state inside waters on Tuesday, December 18, at sunset except for inside waters located east of the Mississippi River and in a portion of the Terrebonne Basin.

Shrimping will remain open in the following areas of inshore waters ONLY:

·         State inside waters east of the Mississippi River from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line southward to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River

·         The portion of state inside waters within the Terrebonne Basin south of 29 degrees 13 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 those inside waters south of 29 degrees 06 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 46 minutes 00 seconds west longitude

Shrimping will remain open in the following areas of outside waters ONLY:

·         The portion of state outside waters, south of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line as described in LA R.S. 56:495 seaward a distance of three nautical miles, from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude which will close to shrimping on Monday, January 7, 2013 at sunset.

·         All state outside waters east of the northwest shore of Caillou Boca as well as state outside waters west of Freshwater Bayou Canal and fishery jurisdiction waters claimed by the state beyond the three nautical mile closure zone

This closure date coincides with the December 18 closure of a portion of state outside waters approved earlier this month by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. These closures historically take place at this time of year when the temporary exemption from the white shrimp minimum possession size of 100 count per pound expires.

Current sampling conducted by the Department indicates that average white shrimp size in the areas to be closed is smaller than 100 count per pound. This action protects these small white shrimp and provides increased opportunity for growth to larger, more valuable sizes.

Shrimp are the state’s most valuable fishery, and Louisiana continues to lead all states in shrimp landings.  In 2011, approximately 5,900 licensed Louisiana commercial shrimpers landed 92 million pounds of shrimp (all species combined/heads-on weight) that had a dockside value of $130 million. 

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 (985) 594-4130 mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Saltwater Series Announces 2013 Schedule

Release Date: 12/11/2012

 

Dec. 11, 2012 -The Louisiana Saltwater Series Redfish Series will commence its 2013 season at The Dock/Dockside Bait and Tackle in Slidell and will visit seven different marinas across Louisiana’s coast to create a true test of the best and the most exciting season yet.  The coming year marks the fourth anniversary of the LASS redfish trail.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, tournament host, will be commemorating the milestone with new prizes and partnerships, including a weigh-in hosted by Marsh and Bayou Magazine at the Northshore Boat-N-Fishing Show.

“Every angler who participates is not only signing up for a day of competition and entertainment, but they’re making their mark in fisheries research,” explained LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “Our tournament is one of the only in existence that offers this unique opportunity to give back to the resource.”

Last year, 1,002 redfish were tagged and released, eclipsing the 2010 and 2011 combined total of 978 redfish tagged and released. 

The 2013 LASS Redfish Series dates are as follows:

     March 2 Slidell, The Dock/Dockside Bait and Tackle;

     April 20 Lake Charles, Calcasieu Point Landing;

     May 4 Lafitte, SeaWay Marina;

     June 8 Port Fourchon, Port Fourchon Marina;

     June 29 Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina;

     August 10 Delta Marina, Empire; and

     Championship October 4 and 5 Venice, Venice Marina.

All information related to rules and registration will soon be available at www.lasaltwaterseries.com.  For more information on the series contact Ashley Wethey at 225-765-2396 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

Aerial Spraying of Giant Salvinia on Toledo Bend to Begin Thursday

Release Date: 11/26/2012

Nov. 26, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has contracted two days of an aerial herbicide application to control 800 acres of giant salvinia growth on Toledo Bend beginning Thursday, November 29.  Efforts will concentrate on shallow backwater areas void of trees, and a follow-up herbicide spray via airboats will address the remaining tree-filled waters and edges of the treatment area.

Giant salvinia is a free floating plant that does not attach to the soil, but instead remains buoyant on the surface of a body of water.  It was first discovered on Toledo Bend in 1998 and was the first established population of the plant in Louisiana. 

The recent drought and resulting extremely low water levels helped to keep giant salvinia growth at a minimum. However, water levels are beginning to return to normal, providing lots of open water for the plants to reproduce.  Backwaters and marsh areas on the extreme north end of the lake contain large quantities of the plant, and changes in wind direction and rain can push the plants out into the main lake where it can reproduce at an alarming rate. 

With cooler temperatures moving in, results may be delayed, but the overall effectiveness of the herbicide will not be impacted. Results are expected within three days, but it could take up to three weeks for the plants to completely sink. 

None of the herbicides to be used are harmful to lake ecosystems, animal life or humans, and are approved by the EPA.  Activities will not be restricted on the lake, but notices indicating the areas to be sprayed will be posted at all boat ramps in the area.  Department personnel will also be on hand to ensure no boaters are in the areas to be sprayed. 

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting many of Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor 225-765-2396.

Oyster Season To Close in Small Portion of Public Grounds

Release Date: 10/31/2012

 

Oct. 31, 2012 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced oyster season will close this Saturday, November 3, at one-half hour after sunset in the Lake Chien and Lake Felicity Public Oyster Seed Grounds in Terrebonne Parish.  In addition, the harvest of seed oysters for bedding purposes will close in the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation (POSR), located in Jefferson and Lafourche parishes, at one half hour after sunset on Saturday, November 3.  Hackberry Bay remains open for sacking purposes.

These small public oyster seed grounds historically hold a very limited oyster supply and harvest pressure during the 2012 oyster season depleted the resource.  Protection of the remaining oyster resource is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in these public seed grounds.

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.

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, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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

MEDIA ADVISORY: State and Saints to Announce Partnership Making Louisiana Seafood Official Seafood of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Release Date: 10/31/2012

 

Oct. 31, 2012 – Prior to the big Monday Night Football game on November 5, where the New Orleans Saints will take on the Philadelphia Eagles, the Saints will announce a partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (LSPMB).

WHEN:  Monday, November 5, 4:30 p.m.

WHAT:  Announcement of state partnership

WHERE:  Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Bienville Room A

WHO:  Saints Representative, LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina, LSPMB Executive Director Ewell Smith, LSPMB Chairman Harlon Pierce, Chef Tenney Flynn of GW Fins, Seafood Industry Representatives

The state will also showcase and discuss the new Louisiana Seafood Certification Program, making Louisiana the ONLY Gulf State that can guarantee the origin of its seafood is the Gulf of Mexico.

The Saints and the state will also announce the partnership they have formed with the Saints to make the superdome the first football arena in the nation to carry only domestic Louisiana seafood.

In order to attend this press conference you MUST RSVP to this email, so that your name can be included on the appropriate lists.

RSVP to Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or Ashley Roth at Ashley@louisianaseafood.com.

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, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

Additional Public Oyster Areas Set to Open October 29

Release Date: 10/25/2012

Oyster Area 10/29/12

Oct. 25, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds the public the 2012/2013 oyster season on the majority of public oyster seed grounds is set to begin Monday, October 29, 2012.  The opening date of the oyster season was determined by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at its August 2012 meeting.   

Two public oyster areas, the Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds and the Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds, were previously opened on September 5, 2012 and commercial oyster harvest continues to be documented from those areas. 

The area of the public grounds east of the Mississippi River and south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, are a “sacking only” area for the 2012/2013 season and no seed oyster harvest is allowed.

The oyster season in the west cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (DHH harvest area 30) shall open at one-half hour before sunrise on Thursday, November 1, 2012.  The sack limit during this time period is set at 10 sacks per person, per vessel, per day.

The areas remaining closed for the 2012/2013 oyster season include the Public Oyster Seed Reservations in Bay Gardene and Sister Lake, the 2011 cultch plants in Mississippi Sound and California Bay within the coordinates listed below, and the 2012 cultch plants in Hackberry Bay, South Black Bay (Bay Crab), and Lake Fortuna within the coordinates listed below. 

 

Mississippi Sound (2011) – St. Bernard Parish

A.  30 degrees 07 minutes 17.56 seconds N

      89 degrees 27 minutes 52.39 seconds W

B.  30 degrees 07 minutes 26.94 seconds N

      89 degrees 27 minutes 36.20 seconds W

C.  30 degrees 07 minutes 07.11 seconds N

       89 degrees 26 minutes 45.48 seconds W

D.  30 degrees 06 minutes 40.93 seconds N

      89 degrees 27 minutes 14.09 seconds W

 

California Bay (2011) – Plaquemines Parish

A.  29 degrees 30 minutes 40.42 seconds N

      89 degrees 34 minutes 03.19 seconds W

B.  29 degrees 30 minutes 27.18 seconds N

      89 degrees 33 minutes 21.85 seconds W

C.  29 degrees 29 minutes 54.99 seconds N

      89 degrees 33 minutes 20.24 seconds W

D.  29 degrees 30 minutes 02.74 seconds N

      89 degrees 34 minutes 03.93 seconds W

 

Hackberry Bay (2012) – Lafourche Parish

A.  29 degrees 25 minutes 21.16 seconds N

      90 degrees 02 minutes 59.53 seconds W

B.  29 degrees 24 minutes 58.30 seconds N

      90 degrees 02 minutes 51.34 seconds W

C.  29 degrees 24 minutes 29.25 seconds N

      90 degrees 03 minutes 24.92 seconds W

D.  29 degrees 24 minutes 45.37 seconds N

      90 degrees 03 minutes 35.33 seconds W

 

Lake Fortuna (2012) – St. Bernard Parish

A.  29 degrees 39 minutes 08.04 seconds N

      89 degrees 30 minutes 28.93 seconds W

B.  29 degrees 38 minutes 33.31 seconds N

      89 degrees 29 minutes 15.45 seconds W

C.  29 degrees 38 minutes 10.57 seconds N

      89 degrees 29 minutes 40.71 seconds W

D.  29 degrees 39 minutes 04.41 seconds N

      89 degrees 30 minutes 32.61 seconds W

 

South Black Bay (2012) – Plaquemines Parish

A.  29 degrees 34 minutes 41.72 seconds N

      89 degrees 36 minutes 22.86 seconds W

B.  29 degrees 34 minutes 31.45 seconds N

      89 degrees 35 minutes 48.68 seconds W

C.  29 degrees 34 minutes 08.12 seconds N

      89 degrees 36 minutes 07.94 seconds W

D.  29 degrees 34 minutes 23.03 seconds N

      89 degrees 36 minutes 43.20 seconds W

 

In addition, the east side of Calcasieu Lake (Department of Health and Hospitals’ harvest area 29) and the Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area shall remain closed for the entire 2012/2013 oyster season.

Oyster harvesters are also reminded that in addition to normal licenses required for the harvest of oysters, special permits are also required to fish specific public oyster areas.  In Calcasieu Lake, all harvesters are required to hold a valid Calcasieu Lake Oyster Harvester Permit.  The Calcasieu Lake permit is free of charge and is available from the Baton Rouge office of LDWF.  Harvesters fishing all other public oyster areas are required to fish only from a commercial vessel which holds a valid Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit.  The application deadline for the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit is December 31, 2012.

 

Delay on a Portion Public Seed Ground East of the Mississippi River to Protect Developing Oysters

While a majority of the public seed grounds are set to open, oyster season is delayed until further notice in a portion of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River in an effort to protect recently-settled young oysters, called spat.  The oyster season was originally scheduled to open in this area on October 29, 2012.  The delay includes that area of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River, south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, and north of a line of latitude at 29 degrees 34 minutes 48.0 seconds north. 

The decision was made that the 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 are at historic lows.

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.

See attached map detailing these opening, closures and delays. 

For more information please contact lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504) 430-2623

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