Fishing

Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will remain closed in Louisiana waters for the 2017 season

Release Date: 12/14/2016

December 14, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today that the season for recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will remain closed in Louisiana waters for all of the 2017 season. 

The recreational season was originally scheduled to re-open on January 1, 2017, however the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries announced that accountability measures are being enacted which led to a closure of the entire 2017 season in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  They requested that Louisiana state waters also remain closed for that period.

NOAA Fisheries has estimated that the annual recreational adjusted annual catch limit of 201,223 pounds for the Gulf of Mexico in 2016 has been exceeded by 221,213 pounds.  Federal accountability measures require a “payback” of previous season overharvest in the next fishing season for reef fish fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The 2017 recreational catch target had been set to be 217,100 pounds, which is less quota than the estimated overharvest during the 2016 season.  The closure of the entire 2017 recreational season is necessary due to payback provisions to maintain rebuilding of gray triggerfish, which are considered overfished in the Gulf of Mexico. 

LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in previously promulgated rules (LAC 76.VII.335.G.5) to change or modify the opening and closing dates for any recreational reef fish season in Louisiana waters when notified of a modification to a season by NOAA Fisheries.  

 

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance @wlf.la.gov.

RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER STATE SEASON TO CLOSE AT 11:59 P.M. DECEMBER 15, 2016

Release Date: 12/14/2016

RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER STATE SEASON TO CLOSE AT 11:59 P.M. DECEMBER 15, 2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced that the state recreational red snapper season will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2016. 

Preliminary estimates from the LA Creel survey indicate that the Department’s self-imposed harvest limit of 1,116,732 pounds of red snapper for the private and charter sectors of the recreational fishery has been harvested.  Closing the season in state waters avoids an overrun of the overall Gulf of Mexico recreational quota and allows the red snapper stock to continue rebuilding.  The season had previously re-opened, on weekends only, by action of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at its October 2016 meeting after LA Creel harvest data indicated there was remaining quota available for harvest.

The state red snapper season, which opened daily from January 8 through September 5 and October 7 through December 15 on weekends only (Friday through Sunday), allowed anglers an opportunity to harvest recreational red snapper for 272 days in Louisiana state waters.  

 

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.

Crab Task Force to Meet Tuesday December 13th

Release Date: 12/09/2016

                                                                             

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Tuesday, December 13, 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 September 20, 2016 minutes and December 13, 2016 agenda

III.             Financial Report

IV.           New Business

A.     Review of Gulf/ Atlantic State Recreational Regulations- Jeff Marx

B.     Discussion of New Regulations and 2017 Derelict Trap Cleanups

C.     Update on Audubon Gulf RFM Certification- Damon Morris

D.     Discussion of Biodegradable Panels and Derelict Crab Traps- Pete Gerica

E.     Discussion of Audubon Blue Crab Certification- Laura Picariello

 

      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/1854809424995592705

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

Oyster Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 12/08/2016

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Monday, December 12, 2016, 1 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

I.Roll call and introduction of guests

II.Approval of November 7, 2016 Meeting Minutes and December 12, 2016 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 (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)

    V.         New Business

A.To Hear a Presentation on the Louisiana Oyster Fishery Management Plan- LDWF Staff

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/3041195665487548929

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.

Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Subcommittee to Meet

Release Date: 12/08/2016

Coastal Restoration Subcommittee

Monday, December 12, 2016, 10:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Call to Order

II.             To hear Presentation on CPRA Sediment Diversion Permitting Process and Coordination with Fisheries Representatives- Brad Barth

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. To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7765432092178927361

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

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds/ Legislative Committee to Meet

Release Date: 12/02/2016

Public-Private Oyster Grounds/ Legislative Committee

Monday, December 5, 2016, 9:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

AGENDA

 

I.              Call to Order

II.             Discussion of Moratorium Lifting Draft NOI and Lease Structuring

III.            Discussion of Oyster Lease Markers

IV.            Discussion of New Recommendations for Leasing of Portions of the Public Seed Grounds

V.             Discussion of Standard Measurements

VI.           Discussion of Oyster Severance Tax

VII.         Public Comment

VIII.         Set next meeting

IX.           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/1753430054760469249

Shrimp Task Force Marketing Subcommittee to Meet December 7th

Release Date: 12/02/2016

Shrimp Task Force

Marketing Subcommittee Meeting

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 10:00am

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main St. Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Call to Order

II.             Discussion of Country of Origin Shrimp Branding

III.           Discussion of LA Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board Funding

IV.           Public Comment

V.             Set next meeting

VI.           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/2415227202986162179

Shrimp Task Force to Meet December 7th

Release Date: 12/02/2016

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.             Approval of November 2, 2016 meeting minutes and December 7, 2016 agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget report- LDWF

IV.            New Business

A.     To Hear a Presentation on Lifting the Special Artificial Reef Sites Moratorium- Mike McDonough

B.     Marketing Subcommittee Update- Acy Cooper

C.     Discussion of Adaptive Shrimp Management- Lance Nacio

V.              Public Comment

VI.            Set Quarterly Meetings

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/3221141738355447555

LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses Available in Chalmette

Release Date: 11/30/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new commercial fishing licenses and renewals in Chalmette, La. from December 13 through 15 at the St. Bernard Parish Government Building located at 8201 West Judge Perez Drive. Licenses will be available for purchase from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 
Commercial fishermen are reminded that acceptable forms of payment will include personal checks, money orders and cash. To avoid processing delays, those purchasing license are asked to bring their license renewal notices with them.
 
First-time applicants can apply by mail or in-person. Renewals can be completed online atwww.wlf.la.gov.
 
When applying in person, you must provide the following:

  • Resident applicants must provide proof of residency such as a Louisiana driver’s license (held continuously for 12 months), voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax. 
  • Non-resident applicants must provide proof of residency from their domiciliary state, such as a driver’s license, voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.
  • Applicants applying for a license in a business name must provide documentation showing proof of valid federal tax ID# assigned to business name and proof of authorized signature or an occupational license will be required.

For commercial license inquiries, contact (225) 765-2898.

LDWF Extends Drawdown for Clear-Smithport Lake

Release Date: 11/29/2016

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) plans to extend the scheduled drawdown on Clear-Smithport Lake in Desoto Parish to allow the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) to further assess damage to the dam and spillway resulting from the March 2016 floods. 
 
The water control structure was originally scheduled to close on December 1, 2016, to allow the lake to refill for winter and early-spring recreational activities. Due to damage caused by excessive erosion during the March 2016 floods, the Clear-Smithport Dam is currently being assessed by DOTD to determine the extent of damage. The structure closure date has yet to be determined and will be announced following the DOTD assessment. 

During the extended drawdown, an estimated 600 to 700 acres of water will remain in open areas of the lake. Boater access will be limited at the Hwy. 509 Bridge Ramp and contingent upon rainfall. Caution is also advised if boating on the lake as numerous obstructions are present.
 
The current LDWF Clear-Smithport Aquatic Vegetative Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Villis Dowden, LDWF Biologist Manager, at vdowden@wlf.la.gov or (318) 357-3214. 

 

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