Fishing

LDWF Announces Annual Caney Creek Reservoir Public Meeting

Release Date: 01/04/2016

(Jan. 4, 2016) - A public meeting will be held on Caney Creek Reservoir issues, including an overview of aquatic vegetation and the results of recent fish population sampling. A comprehensive management plan for Caney Creek Reservoir was established in 2006, calling for annual hearings to update the public on ongoing projects, fisheries management issues and aquatic vegetation management. 
 
Who:  Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
 
What:  Public meeting on Caney Creek Reservoir
 
When:  Tuesday, January 19 at 7 p.m.
 
Where:  Jimmie David Sate Park Conference Center, 1209 State Park Rd., Chatham,
               LA 71266
 
The meeting is open to the public, and all persons interested in the conversation and management of the fisheries and aquatic habitats in Caney Creek Reservoir are encouraged to attend.
 
For additional meeting details, contact Jeff Sibley at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

LDWF sets 2016 recreational red snapper season; Louisiana waters officially extended from three to nine miles offshore for reef fish management

Release Date: 01/04/2016

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Rene LeBreton
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov
504-286-8745

 

January 4, 2016

 

LDWF sets 2016 recreational red snapper season; Louisiana waters officially extended from three to nine miles offshore for reef fish management

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham announced that the 2016 red snapper fishing season in state waters will begin at 6:00 a.m. on January 8, 2016 and remain open until further notice. The season will run seven days a week in state waters with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length. 

“LDWF will do everything we can to provide our anglers the opportunity to harvest their share of this healthy and thriving resource,” said Barham.

Assistant Secretary, Randy Pausina said, “Through LA Creel, our recreational landings data collection program, we're able to monitor how much red snapper our anglers harvest in real time. With this data, we can ensure our recreational fishery is fully accountable—we're able to set a fishing season that allows our anglers to harvest their entire share of the catch but also close the season in time to prevent over harvest.”

Louisiana waters officially extended from three to nine miles offshore for reef fish management

Recently signed into law, the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act includes a provision to temporarily extend Louisiana state waters to nine nautical miles for fishery management purposes, an effort championed by LDWF Secretary Robert Barham during his tenure at the agency.

Senator Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, added the provision to the Act to push state waters for reef fish management in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama (currently three miles) to nine miles to match the current state water boundaries of Florida and Texas. “We are grateful for the additional provision by Senator Shelby and the recognition by Congress of the nine-mile boundary the State of Louisiana has claimed since 2012,” said Secretary Barham. “Because the 2016 Omnibus Appropriation Act applies to the current federal fiscal year, the nine-mile extension is only temporary. However, Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) has proposed a more permanent solution through H.R. 3094; he and his bill have our agency’s full support.”

Secretary Barham worked hand in hand with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and Louisiana state legislators for years to ensure Louisiana’s fishing boundaries are equal with those of Texas and Florida. In 2011, Louisiana state legislators passed Act 336, recognizing that the Gulfward boundary of Louisiana’s state waters historically consisted of three marine leagues (9 nautical miles) and designating that boundary to be enforced by state law for the protection and restoration of coastal lands, waters and natural resources, and regulation of activities affecting them.

Following the direction of our state legislators and at the request of Secretary Barham, the Commission officially extended state waters from three nautical miles offshore to nine nautical miles offshore for fisheries management purposes and for the benefit of Louisiana fishermen. Secretary Barham said, “I was simply correcting an injustice. If our Florida and Texas neighbors fish a nine-mile state boundary, so should Louisiana fishermen. Unfortunately, it has taken over three years for action on this issue and that action is only temporary. I look forward to the day that all fishermen are treated equally across the Gulf of Mexico.”  Although this congressional action is only temporary, it is a step forward for Louisiana fishermen and is a direct result of Secretary Barham’s continued vigilance on this issue. “Louisiana fishermen will benefit from improved access and more flexible management of the reef fish fishery in the waters off Louisiana,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary of Fisheries Randy Pausina. “And without Secretary Barham’s initial leadership claiming a nine-mile state water boundary for our fishermen, this would not have gained the momentum it needed to be carried through Congress,” said Billy Broussard, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioner. 

Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

LDWF reminds anglers and charter captains that they must have a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess certain species, including red snapper. They may obtain or renew the permit, free of charge at rolp.wlf.la.gov. Anglers and charter captains may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration. They must have a valid Louisiana fishing license number to obtain a permit; they may use their confirmation number for a temporary (trip) permit.

Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need this permit.

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

Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 01/04/2016

Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 10 a.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210,
New Orleans 70122
 
 
AGENDA
 
I.  Call to Order
II.  Requirements on oyster gear (dredges) allowed on public seed grounds
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.
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.
To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup.
 
For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

Recreational harvest of gag grouper closes January 1st

Release Date: 12/30/2015

 

News Release

For Immediate Release
December 29, 2015

Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds anglers that there is a closed season for the recreational harvest of gag grouper from January 1st through June 30th of each year.

Additionally, the recreational harvest of black, red, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers closes from February 1st to March 31st of each year seaward of the 20 fathom (120 foot) curve.

For additional information regarding fishing regulations, seasons or rules in state waters, visit FishLA.org.  For regulations currently in place in federal waters off of Louisiana. Please check those rules at http://www.gulfcouncil.org under “Fishing Regulations.”

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

 

Louisiana state recreational red snapper season closes 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2016

Release Date: 12/29/2015

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
December 29, 2015

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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Louisiana state recreational red snapper season closes 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced that the state recreational red snapper season will close at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2016.

 

The state Fall red snapper season which opened on November 20th allowed anglers a final opportunity to harvest the remaining 88,823 pounds of red snapper that went unharvested earlier in the year.  The Fall season provided anglers an additional 41 days of fishing opportunity in 2015.   

 

“Thanks to LA Creel we are able to monitor red snapper landings in near real-time, allowing Louisiana anglers to maximize their catch”, said Robert Barham, Secretary of LDWF. The 2016 state red snapper season dates will be discussed at the January Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.
 

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

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Oyster Task Force to Meet January 5th at 1:00 PM

Release Date: 12/29/2015

News Release

 

For Immediate Release

December 29, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 1pm

2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

 AGENDA

 

I.     Roll call and introduction of guests

II.    Approval of November 10, 2015 meeting minutes and January 5, 2015 agenda

III.   Treasury Report

A.      Oyster Tag Sales

B.      LOTF Financial Report

IV.  Committee Reports

A.      Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)

B.      Enforcement (Capt. Chad Hebert)

C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.     Research (Patrick Banks)

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.      Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Lance Broussard)

H.     Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

J.    Aquaculture

K.  Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee (John Tesvich)

 

V.   New Business

A.     Recommendation for continuing the Seed Ground Permit Program

B.      Proposal to reconsider oyster seed ground and private leasing boundaries (redline)

C.   Proposal to develop updated severance taxes on oysters

D.   Proposal to change requirements on oyster gear (dredges) allowed on public seed grounds

E.   Officer Elections

 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 listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1606506706486432258

   

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

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Shrimp Season To Close in Portions of State Inside Waters

Release Date: 12/15/2015

Shrimp Season To Close in Portions of State Inside Waters

Shrimp Season To Close in Portions of State Inside Waters

(Dec. 14, 2015) Today, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced a closure of the fall shrimp season in most state inside waters effective Monday, December 21, 2015 at official sunset.

Specifically, those waters that will close to shrimping include:

  • All state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line except for the following waters located east of the Mississippi River:
    • Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2

The following state waters will remain open to shrimping until further notice:

  • Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2
  • All state outside waters
  • All fishery jurisdiction waters claimed by the state beyond the three nautical mile closure zone

For a map detailing today’s actions click here

Existing data do not currently support shrimping closures in additional state inside or outside waters. However, historic data suggest additional closures may be needed in the near future and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will continue monitoring shrimp populations in these waters.

Regulations state that the possession count on saltwater, white shrimp shall average no more than 100 (whole shrimp) per pound, with the exception of October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no minimum count size.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission provided LDWF Secretary Robert Barham with authority to close the fall inshore shrimp season when biological and technical data indicate the need. Recent sampling conducted by the LDWF Fisheries biologists indicates that average white shrimp size in those waters to be closed is smaller than the minimum possession size limit. This action, which characteristically takes place at this time of year, is designed to protect small, white shrimp and provide opportunity for these populations to over-winter and grow to larger, more marketable sizes.

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Jeff Marx at (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov

LDWF’s License to Win! Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Release Date: 12/14/2015

Christmas has come early for several Louisiana recreational saltwater fishing license holders. As part of it’s first annual License to Win! promotion, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation awarded five lucky winners for its November saltwater license holder drawing. Winners drawn on December 1 include Hunter Thomas, Joseph Gillen, Merlin Hasselbeck, Aaron Logan and Timothy Wiesmann.
 
The winners were among thousands of names entered when they purchased a 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing license.

The sweepstakes includes fives monthly prize winners of a YETI Tundra 45 ice chest, Shimano Curado G-Loomis Combo or gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Texaco and Whole Foods Market.

The License to Win! sweepstakes encourages anglers to provide accurate contact information to participate in a survey (LA Creel) that helps LDWF manage their fishery. LA Creel is the data-gathering survey that allows LDWF biologists to manage our fisheries at localized levels across the state. The success of LA Creel will not only allow the Department to better manage fisheries, but will ultimately maximize the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers. 

We’re only halfway through this year long promotion, leaving plenty opportunity for your chance to be our next lucky winner.  Visit your nearest license vendor or go online (www.wildlifelicense.com) to purchase your recreational saltwater license to be eligible for next month’s drawing. The department will continue to select five winners each month, and one lucky angler will take home the grand prize, a 22 foot bay boat, trailer and motor donated by Venice Marina, Mercury Outboards and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot.

Rules, photos and additional information can be found at http://www.fishla.org/license-win-sweepstakes/.  

Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee to Meet 12-15-15

Release Date: 12/11/2015

Oyster Task Force

Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 10:30 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.             Continuing discussion on issues and parameters to follow in lifting oyster lease moratorium

III.           Set next meeting date

III.         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/565242806263242754

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.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup.

For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

Commercial Fishing For Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks To Open In State Waters January 1st

Release Date: 12/10/2015

News Release
 
For Immediate Release
December 10, 2015
 
Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
 
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov
 
Commercial fishing for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks will open in Louisiana waters at 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2016.  Federal waters will also open in the Gulf of Mexico at this time.
 
The commercial and recreational season for the harvest of all sharks in Louisiana state waters will be closed from 12:01 a.m. April 1, 2016 until 12:01 p.m. July 1, 2016 per an existing fixed seasonal closure to protect shark pupping.   The commercial season will remain open in Federal waters until 80 percent of the federal quota for a given fishery has been harvested or is projected to be harvested in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
During the open season, commercial harvest of Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks and Pelagic Sharks are regulated by the existing federal and state rules regarding trip limits, allowable species, and requirements for permits and landings, as laid out in federal and state regulations. 
 
The Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Shark group is composed of the great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse shark, blacktip shark, bull shark, lemon shark, silky shark, spinner shark, and tiger shark.  While sandbar shark are a member of the Large Coastal Shark group, only specifically designated federally permitted vessels may take sandbar shark while operating under conditions of that research permit. Commercial fishing for Large Coastal Sharks will remain open until 80 percent of the federal quota (769,421 pounds dressed weight) has been met.
 
Commercial fishing for Small Coastal Sharks will resume in Louisiana waters on January 1, as well, through December 31, 2016, or until 80 percent of the federal quota (236,603 pounds dressed weight) has been met.  The Small Coastal Shark fishery consists of the commercial fisheries for blacknose and non-blacknose small coastal sharks.  Blacknose sharks are a member of the Small Coastal Shark group; however they are managed under a separate quota that is linked to the overall Small Coastal Shark quota.  The Small Coastal Shark group is composed of bonnethead shark, Atlantic sharpnose shark, blacknose shark and finetooth shark and remained open for all of 2015. 
 
There is no allowable harvest at any time for all Prohibited Species, which include Basking shark, white shark, bigeye sand tiger, sand tiger, whale shark, smalltooth sawfish, largetooth sawfish, Atlantic angel shark, Caribbean sharpnose shark, smalltail shark, bignose shark, Caribbean reef shark, dusky shark, Galapagos shark, narrowtooth shark, night shark, bigeye sixgill shark, bigeye thresher shark, longfin mako, sevengill shark and sixgill shark.
 
For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504)284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov. 
 
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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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