Fishing

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet March 14th

Release Date: 03/09/2017

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 10:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

 

AGENDA

 

I.              Call to Order

II.            Discussion of Recommendations RE: Oyster Seed Grounds

Vessel Permit Training Requirements

III.         Discussion of Moratorium Lifting Draft NOI

IV.          Discussion of Draft Legislation RE: Alternative Oyster Culture; Permits

V.             Public Comment

VI.          Set next meeting

VII.        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/7609001648964353

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet March 14th

Release Date: 03/09/2017

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The meeting will convene at 9:00 a.m. in the second floor conference room 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 November 7, 2016 Meeting

3.              Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     William Van Meter

b.     Joseph Kinkella

4.              Receive Public Comments

5.              Set next meeting date

6.              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.

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

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Tuesday, March 14

Release Date: 03/08/2017

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 1 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

      I.         Roll call and introduction of guests
     II.         Approval of February 15, 2017, meeting minutes and March 17, 2017, agenda
    III.         Treasury Report
                 A.      Oyster tag sales
                 B.      LOTF financial report
                          ·      Annual financial disclosure filing reminder
  IV.         Committee Reports
                A.      Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)
                B.      Enforcement (Captain Chad Hebert)
                C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
                D.     Research (Earl Melancon)
                E.     Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
                F.      Marketing (LDWF)
               G.      Health (Lance Broussard)
               H.      Sustainability (LDWF)
                I.       Professionalism (LDWF)
               J.       Aquaculture (John Supan)
               K.      Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)
    V.       New Business
              A.     Discussion of sponsorship & financial polices & procedures (Cara Tyler)
              B.     Discussion of private sector development projects (Damon Morris)
              C.     Discussion of the Audubon G.U.L.F. Program (Damon Morris)
              D.     To discuss a resolution in support of federal Sea Grant funding (OTF)
              E.     To discuss and consider funding for the Oyster Convention & Congressional

                            Staff Meeting
              F.     To consider funding for the Gulf & South Atlantic States Shellfish Conference

                            (OTF)        
             G.     To discuss and consider funding for Spring D.C. Acadiana Event (OTF)
  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/473413804198127363

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all

reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign

language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of

this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

 

LDWF Makes Notice of Cancelled Oyster Leases

Release Date: 03/07/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is required to make public notice regarding the nonpayment of fees related to oyster leases on both its website and in the official journal of the parish in which the delinquent lease is located.
 
As per Louisiana Revised Statute 56:429, any lessee who pays their rent on or after the first day of February owes the rent due plus an additional 10 percent penalty. Failure of the lessee to pay the rent punctually on or before the first of each January, or within 60 days thereafter, terminates and cancels the lease and forfeits to the department all the works, improvements, betterments and oysters on the previously leased water bottom.
 
The list of cancelled leases is available HERE.  Notices were made to each lessee who had not yet paid their rent by certified mail. The current list shows those lessees who did not provide payment by March 1, 2017, and those leases that have been cancelled.
 
For questions regarding delinquent oyster lease payments, please contact Marc Maniscalco at (504) 284-5277.

Fun for All Ages at Annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival in New Orleans City Park

Release Date: 03/02/2017

Fun for All Ages at Annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival in New Orleans City Park

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is gearing up for the 70th annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival in New Orleans City Park on Saturday, March 25. With a fishing category for every age and a family friendly fishtival, there’s sure to be something for everyone.  This year’s event will again include the Battle for the Bass student fishing tournament and Boats on the Bayou non-motorized tournament on Bayou St. John.     
 
The Big Bass Rodeo is a catch-and-release fishing tournament for anglers targeting the largest bass. For junior anglers (ages 12 and under), the rodeo includes competitive categories for heaviest bass or heaviest cichlid, bream, or perch.
 
With its successful introduction last year, LDWF will again host the Battle for the Bass Tournament. Students in grades 7 through 12 will represent their respective schools in teams of up to five anglers and will battle it out for the heaviest two-bass combined weight. The winning team will take home bragging rights for the year as well as a 3-foot trophy to display at their school. The first 50 students to register will receive fishing gear donated by Berkley.
 
Boats on the Bayou is open to anglers with kayaks and other non-motorized watercraft and offers four competitive categories. All participating anglers will be entered to win a kayak, courtesy of Massey’s Professional Outfitters.
 
The fishtival will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the grandstand area in front of Morning Call on Dreyfous Avenue in City Park. The event will feature music as well as educational and hands-on activities for kids. LDWF mascot Robbie the Redfish will be on hand for photo opportunities. Event raffle prizes include kayaks donated by Cabela’s and Academy Sports and Outdoors, along with tons of fishing gear and other items.
 
A recreational fishing license is required for participants 16 years and older. To purchase a license online, click HERE.
 
Registration fees vary depending on division. For more information or to register online, visit www.bigbassfishingrodeo.com. Online registration is open until 5 p.m. on March 23. Contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov with questions.

 

Commercial Fishing for Bait Menhaden to Open March 15

Release Date: 03/02/2017

Today, at its regular meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) took action on a Declaration of Emergency to open the commercial season for the harvest of bait menhaden on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, based upon a request from the bait menhaden industry. 
 
The commercial season for the harvest of bait menhaden typically opens on November 1 and runs through November 30 with a 3,000 metric ton quota. In the event that quota is not harvested during the normal November season, the bait season may resume April 1 of the following year.  
 
The bait industry requested the LWFC open the season two weeks earlier on March 15 to meet customer demand. The quota was not met in 2016 and opening the season two weeks earlier in 2017 is not expected to negatively impact the quota or regular commercial menhaden season.

 

Louisiana Artificial Reef Council to Meet

Release Date: 03/02/2017

The Artificial Reef Council will meet at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 10 in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.
 
Agenda:
 
      I.         Introduction and welcome
     II.         Approval of minutes
    III.         Approval of agenda
    IV.         Proposal to lift moratorium on Special Artificial Reef Sites (SARS)
    V.          Reef Program update - Mike McDonough & Craig Gothreaux
   VI.         Public comments
  VII.         Other business
 VIII.         Adjourn

LDWF Offers Volunteer Opportunity

Release Date: 02/22/2017

There’s still time to become a volunteer with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program. Join us on Saturday, March 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lake Pontchartrain Lighthouse in New Orleans for this free, instructional workshop.
 
At this hands-on workshop, participants will receive the training needed to become a volunteer instructor. Topics and activities include knot tying, casting skills, basic fishing techniques, proper fish identification, fisheries management and more. A binder of lesson plans, activity guides and educational materials for future use will be provided to those who attend. (Please note a $25 reservation fee is required to reserve your spot and will be refunded at the workshop.)
 
Upon completion of the 8-hour workshop and background check, volunteers can participate in an equipment loaner kit program. Just as a library loans books, we can provide fishing rods with basic tackle, a knot tying kit, arts and crafts, and more. The loaner program allows instructors to introduce budding anglers to fishing without having to purchase any equipment.
 
For more information or for other upcoming workshops, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs.
 
For questions about the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program, contact Alayna McGarry at (504) 286-4050 or at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov.

Turner’s Pond Get Out and Fish! Results

Release Date: 02/21/2017

Turner’s Pond Get Out and Fish! Results

On Saturday, February 11 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Lakeview United Methodist Church and radio stations KBEF 104.5 and KASO 1240 AM partnered to host a Get Out and Fish! event at Turner’s Pond in Minden. Prior to the event, the pond was stocked with 600 pounds of rainbow trout donated by Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery. The event was a tremendous success with over 460 participants trying their luck at catching the elusive rainbow trout while landing fish of all species. 
 
Saturday’s winners are as follows:
 
Little Angler “Other”: Weston Duck, first; Jake Boyce, second; Marshall Duck, third
 
Junior Angler “Other”: Elijah Redding, first; Christopher Harris, second; Timothy Berry, third
 
Adult Angler “Other”: Trey Smith, first; Kris Crocker, second
 
Weston Duck also took home the prize for the biggest fish, a certificate valued at $400 courtesy of Davidson Taxidermy to have a fish of his choice mounted.
 
There are still plenty of stocked rainbow trout at Turner’s Pond, so grab your fishing gear before waters warm and try your luck at catching this challenging game fish.
 
LDWF’s Get Out and Fish! is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources. 
 
For more information on the Get Out and Fish! program, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov.

 

March Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Location has Changed

Release Date: 02/21/2017

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will be meeting in Natchitoches for the meeting on March 2nd.  An agenda will be published prior to the meeting date

 

What:  Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting

 

When:  Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10:00 A.M.

 

Where: Magnolia Room of the Natchitoches Events Center located at 750 Second Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana

 

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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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