Fishing

LDWF Explores Lifting Moratorium on Special Artificial Reef Sites

Release Date: 09/20/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program is considering lifting an 8-year moratorium on Special Artificial Reef Sites (SARS). The program feels unique opportunities for creating reef sites outside of artificial reef planning areas still exist and should explore these potential opportunities and improve guidelines for SARS development.
 
In the 1990s, the Louisiana Artificial Reef Program amended the Louisiana Artificial Reef Plan to allow the program to take advantage of unusual opportunities to create reef sites outside of the program’s existing planning areas, referred to as SARS.  Twenty-two SARS were established or permitted, but a moratorium was established on news SARS in 2008.
 
The program is seeking both questions and comment on this proposal for 30 days.  For more information or to submit a comment, contact Mike McDonough at (225) 765-5418 or mmcdonough@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF hosts successful Family Fish Fest at Ivan Lake

Release Date: 09/16/2016

Image 1: Boat Division - Junior Anglers

Largemouth Bass Category -- 1st place Hayden Townsend and 2nd place Camryn Layfield

Image 2: Shore Division – Little Anglers 
White Perch/Bream -- 1st place Abby Campbell, 2nd place Jar’Lai’jah Jefferson, and 3rd place Anna Young

LDWF hosts Family Fish Fest at Ivan Lake

LDWF hosted a Family Fish Fest at Ivan Lake in Cotton Valley on September 10, 2016. Fisheries staff, US Army Corps of Engineers, local Fire Department, Stubborn Hicks Fishing Lures and LDWF volunteers all worked together to offer nearly 200 anglers and family members a fishing competition and numerous educational fishing activities. 

Winners in the Shore Division include Little Angler White Perch/Bream, 1st Abby Campbell, 2nd Jar’Lai’jah Jefferson, 3rd Anna Young Junior Angler Largemouth Bass1st Javier Johnson, 2nd Cody Carson Junior Angler White Perch/Bream 1st Cody Carson, 2nd Saraya Morgan, 3rd Amber Sullivan Junior Angler Other 1st Cody Carson Adult Angler White Perch/Bream 1st Amie Carson, 2nd Anthony Thompson, 3rd Olivia Hardin Adult Angler Other Mark Hicks, 2nd Delton Nail. Winners in the Boat Division include Little Angler White Perch/Bream, 1st Jaxson Barnard, 2nd Jacob Barnard, 3rd Mason Shipp Little Angler Largemouth Bass 1st Trevor Brown Little Angler Other 1st Jameson Butts Junior Angler Largemouth Bass1st Hayden Townsend, 2nd Camryn Layfield Junior Angler White Perch/Bream 1st Wesley Alexander 2nd Hayden Townsend Junior Angler Other 1st Kody Beshea Adult Angler White Perch/Bream 1st Toby Sinclair, 2nd Sherman Sinclair, 3rd Sandy Kimmel Adult Angler Largemouth Bass 1st Allen Kimmel 2nd Shaun Weems

Family Fish Fest 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. 

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

For more information on the Family Fish Fest program, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov .  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

 

 

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meetings

Release Date: 09/15/2016

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:  Monday, September 19, 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

Larto Lake Gates Opened for Emergency Bridge Repairs

Release Date: 09/14/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will open the Larto Lake water control structure for emergency repairs to the Highway 3102 bridge. The bridge is immediately below the control structure, and water flowing over the spillway structure is inhibiting bridge repair work.
 
DOTD plans to open the gate immediately to increase the rate at which the lake will return to normal pool stage.  The lake water level is currently 1 foot above normal.
 
The drawdown gates will remain open until the water reaches normal pool stage.
 
LDWF does not anticipate any impacts to the lake habitat or fish populations during this period.

Crab Task Force to Meet September 20th at 1:00p.m.

Release Date: 09/13/2016

                                                                             

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., Room 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

I.             Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

II.            Approval of June 8, 2016 minutes and September 20, 2016 agenda

III.           Financial Report

IV.           New Business

A.     Update on Seasonal Closure and Derelict Crab Trap Closure- LDWF

B.     Discussion of Crab Possession Limits and Regulations- Trudy Luke

C.     Update on the Blue Crab Mark-Recapture Study-  Zack Darnell

D.    Discussion of the MSC Certification- Gary Bauer

 

      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/6691121269072473858

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

LDWF Delays Drawdown on False River

Release Date: 09/08/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in conjunction with the False River Watershed Council and Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury, have delayed a drawdown on False River, originally scheduled to begin on September 6, due to recent flooding in the area.
 
Project engineers indicate no adverse effects from the flooding are expected but advised a drawdown delay as a precautionary measure.  Barring significant rainfall, the drawdown is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 13.  The lake is expected to reach normal water level today (8.8’ NAVD, 16’ FRD).
 
The lake will be lowered at a rate of 1.5 inches per day to a maximum of 6 feet below pool stage.  The slow dewatering is recommended to allow for proper drainage of shoreline areas. 
 
The drawdown is being used as a management tool to improve water quality, decrease sedimentation and improve sportfish habitat. The drawdown structure is still scheduled to close on January 15, 2017, and the lake will be allowed to refill.
 
Property owners should take necessary action to secure or remove vessels, floating docks, and other items potentially impacted by the drawdown prior to its commencement.
 
The lake will remain open to fishing and other recreational use during the drawdown.  However, caution is advised for boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater structures. 
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Brian Heimann, LDWF Biologist Manager, at bheimann@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2337. 
 
 

LDWF and Sea Grant to Hold Lake Pontchartrain Artificial Reef Meeting for September 8th

Release Date: 09/06/2016

 
 

 

Who:  LDWF Artificial Reef Staff

What:  Public information meeting to provide information and receive comments about the proposed reef site located in Lake Pontchartrain

WhenThursday, September 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Where: East Bank Regional Library , 4747 W Napoleon Ave, Metairie, LA 70001

For additional information, questions, or comments please contact: 

Ashley Ferguson at 225-761-2395 or aferguson@wlf.la.gov

This meeting will be open to the public.

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 Plans Two Derelict Crab Trap Closures for 2017

Release Date: 09/02/2016

LDWF Plans Two Derelict Crab Trap Closures for 2017

At yesterday’s meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted a Notice of Intent for a rule that describes two different regions along the entire Louisiana coast to be closed for the purpose of removing derelict crab traps. 


1. The first closure will take place in the eastern portion of the state.  The inside waters from the Louisiana/Mississippi state line westward to Bayou Lafourche will be closed to the use of crab traps from February 20, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. through March 7, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.  



2. The second closure will take place on the western side of the state. The inside waters from the Louisiana/Texas state line eastward to Bayou Lafourche will be closed to the use of crab traps from March 6, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. through March 21, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. 

See map above.

The LWFC took action during its July meeting to create a seasonal closure of the commercial harvest and the use of all crab traps for 30 days beginning on the third Monday in February.  Today’s action will fall within with this 30-day seasonal closure to minimize impact to commercial crabbers.  Only Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries personnel or their designees may remove and dispose of abandoned crab traps during the closure periods.


Since 2004, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, together with individual volunteers and organizations, have successfully removed and disposed of 27,366 abandoned and derelict crabs. The removal of these crab traps is especially important to boating safety and crab harvesting efforts. Last year, LDWF, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, volunteers, CCA and members of the recreational and commercial fishing community assisted in retrieving more than 2,500 abandoned crab traps.

All crab traps remaining in the closed area during the specified period will be considered abandoned.


In the weeks leading up to the closure, LDWF will mail notices to all licensed recreational and commercial crab trap license holders and crab buyers as well as non-resident licensed crab fishermen who fish Louisiana waters and reside out of state.

These proposed trap removal regulations do not provide authorization for access to private property. Authorization to access private property can only be provided by individual landowners.


Crab traps may be removed only between one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Only LDWF personnel or their designees may remove these abandoned crab traps from within the closed area. Abandoned traps must be brought to LDWF designated disposal sites and may not be taken from the closed area.

Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule to Mr. Jeffrey Marx, Marine Fisheries Biologist DCL-B, Marine Fisheries Section, 2415 Darnall Rd., New Iberia, LA 70560, or via e-mail to:  jmarx@wlf.la.gov prior to November 1, 2016.

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.

LWF Commission Sets 2016-2017 Louisiana Oyster Seasons

Release Date: 09/02/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
September 2, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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LWF Commission Sets 2016-2017 Louisiana Oyster Seasons

Oyster Season Overview Map

East of the MS River map detail

Bay Long Sacking only detail

Drum Bay Sacking Only Detail

On September 1, 2016, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2016/2017 oyster seasons 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.

The following opening dates were set for the upcoming oyster season (see maps above):

·    Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - Bay Junop Public Oyster Seed Reservation, Lake Mechant Public Oyster Seed Grounds, and Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds will open at one-half hour before sunrise.  No harvest of oysters for market sales is allowed on any public oyster area prior to the second Monday in October.  Therefore, any and all vessels harvesting on the open public oyster seed grounds between September 7, 2016 and October 9, 2016, both dates inclusive, shall be harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes only and shall not have sacks or other containers typically used to hold oysters on board the harvest vessel.

·    Monday, November 14, 2016  -  The Bay Long/American Bay sacking-only area and Hackberry Bay will open at one-half hour before sunrise. 

·    Tuesday, November 15, 2016  -  Hackberry Bay (sacking-only)

·    Season delayed until further notice - all Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of the Mississippi River and north of a line extending east from the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet at latitude 29 degrees 42 minutes 56.74 seconds N latitude (including Drum Bay sacking-only area).  The cause of that delay is described below.

During the 2016/2017 open oyster season, the following provisions shall be in effect:

1.  Any vessel from which any person(s) takes or attempts to take oysters from the public oyster seed grounds and reservations described above shall:

a.  Be limited to a daily take and possession limit not to exceed 50 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.  The daily take and possession limit shall not apply to vessels harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes.  The possession limit shall not apply to vessels operating under a valid Oyster Cargo Vessel Permit.
b.  Be limited to either harvesting market oysters for direct sale (sacking) or harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes on any one day and is specifically prohibited from doing both on the same day.

2.  If any person on a vessel takes or attempts to take oysters from the public oyster seed grounds or reservations described above, all oysters contained on that vessel shall be deemed to have been taken from said seed ground or reservation from the time harvest begins until all oysters are off-loaded dockside.
3.  Prior to leaving public seed grounds or reservations with oysters harvested from said seed ground or reservation: all oysters must be sacked, the number of sacks shall be recorded in a log book, and each sack shall be properly tagged.
4.  All vessels located in public seed grounds or reservations during those times between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise shall have all oyster dredges unshackled.
 

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

·      The area east of the Mississippi River and south of a line extending east from the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet at latitude 29 degrees 42 minutes 56.74 seconds N latitude, excluding the American Bay area listed above

·      The Bay Gardene and Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservations

·      The Little Lake, Barataria Bay, Deep Lake, Lake Chien, Lake Felicity, and Lake Tambour Public Oyster Seed Grounds

 

The opening of the season in the following area is delayed until further notice:

·      all Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of the Mississippi River and north of a line extending east from the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet at latitude 29 degrees 42 minutes 56.74 seconds N latitude, including the Drum Bay sacking-only area

This oyster season delay is necessary due to extensive oyster mortality observed throughout the area and also to protect a recent spat set in order to increase the likelihood of spat survival and facilitate resource recovery.  Protection of the remaining oyster resource is in the long-term best interest of the public oyster seed grounds in this area.  Data indicating the need for this season delay was collected on September 1, 2016.

Seasons were not set for the Sabine Lake or Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Areas.

Closure dates, adjustments in sack limits and/or sacking-only areas 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 prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

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.

 

September Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 08/31/2016

Release Date: 08/31/2016

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Committee Agenda

September 1, 2016 - 9:30 A.M

2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge Louisiana

 

1.     Call to Order         

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of July 07, 2016 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Adoption of August 04, 2016 Commission Meeting Minutes

6.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege         

7.     Enforcement Reports August, 2016 – Captain Edward Skena

8.     Consideration of a Resolution to Commend the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Enforcement Division – Al Sunseri

9.     Consideration of a Resolution to Add Property to Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Area – Biologist, Tommy Tuma

10.  Consideration of a Resolution to Add Property to Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area – Biologist, Tommy Tuma

11.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent for the Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program – Biologist, Jeff Marx

12.  Receive the 2016 Oyster Stock Assessment – Biologist, Steve Beck

13.  Consideration of a Declaration of Emergency for the Setting of the 2016/2017 Oyster Season on the Public Oyster Areas of Louisiana – Biologist, Steve Beck

14.  Receive the Waterfowl Population, Hunting Regulations, and Pre-Season Update – Biologist, Larry Reynolds

15.  Receive Summary Report of the Cervid Carcass Ban Notice of Intent Public Hearings; Consideration of Any Amendments to Cervid Carcass Ban NOI  – Biologist, Johnathan Bordelon

16.  Receive Public Comments

17.  Adjournment  

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1121612188471758595.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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.

 

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