Fishing

Joint Fisheries Seafood Task Force Working Group to Meet February 15th

Release Date: 02/14/2017

Joint Fisheries Task Force Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 10:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

 

AGENDA

 

I.              Call to Order

II.            Old Business

A.    Discussion of LA Certified Wild Seafood Program-Acy Cooper

III.         New Business

A.    Discussion of Shrimping Requirements RE: Plastic Jugs, Returning Ghost Traps to the Water- George Barisich

B.    Discussion of Dual Claimed Waterways and the Potential impact on User Groups- Mitch Jurisich

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/6662203017136174339

Follow LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet on Twitter

Release Date: 02/13/2017

You can now follow Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet on Twitter @JMontoucetLDWF. Secretary Montoucet will update followers about important issues regarding the agency’s management of Louisiana’s precious resources. Even more, Secretary Montoucet will share day-to-day information about agency activities that impact his constituents – the citizens of Louisiana.
 
Secretary Montoucet was appointed LDWF Secretary in January by Governor John Bel Edwards. The Louisiana native from Scott, Louisiana, is the former owner of Jacques’ Crocs & Farm Pride Processors and the retired fire chief of the Lafayette Fire Department. For 30 years, he was involved in growing and marketing the alligator farming program under LDWF, serving as president of the Louisiana Alligator Association.
 
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.

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to Host Public Meetings on Shrimp Amendment 17B

Release Date: 02/13/2017

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a series of meetings to gather public comments on Shrimp Amendment 17B. This Amendment considers setting shrimp harvest benchmarks, setting a target number of Federal Gulf of Mexico Shrimp permits, creating a permit pool, and allowing transit through federal waters for non-permitted shrimp vessels. Because the Council may take final action as early as April 2017, few opportunities remain for public input.

Louisiana meeting location:

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.
Courtyard by Marriott
142 Library Drive
Houma, LA 70360

 

Nearby meeting location:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.
Courtyard by Marriott
1600 East Beach Boulevard
Gulfport, MS 39501

The Gulf Council will also hold a public hearing webinar on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 for those who cannot attend in person.  To register, use the link below.  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1465688961281780737

You can also submit comments online via the link below before March 28, 2017: http://gulfcouncil.org/council_meetings/comment_forms/Shrimp%20Amendment%2017B.php

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.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to meet in Natchitoches on March 2nd

Release Date: 02/10/2017

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: Natchitoches Arts Center located at 716 Second Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457

 

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.

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet February 15th

Release Date: 02/10/2017

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 1 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

I.          Roll call and introduction of guests

II.         Approval of January 17, 2016 Meeting Minutes and February 15, 2017 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)

1. To Consider Recommendations for the Oyster Seed Grounds Vessel Permit     Training Requirements

J.      Aquaculture (John Supan)

V.         New Business

A.     To Hear a Presentation on the 2017 Draft Coastal Master Plan- Bren Haase

B.     To Discuss the Interplay of Acts 570 and 595 and the Handling of Property Claims- OSL/ AG’s Office Rep

C.     Discussion of Sponsorship and Financial Polices and Procedures- Cara Tyler

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/8200376903307566338

 

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.

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in Calcasieu Lake

Release Date: 02/09/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close all oyster harvest in the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area in Cameron Parish at one half-hour after sunset on Monday February 13th, 2017.

The oyster population in Calcasieu Lake has been in decline for several years and continued commercial harvest may threaten the long-term sustainability of remaining oyster resources in this public oyster area. Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in this area.

The Commission authorized the Secretary of LDWF to take emergency action to close areas on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered. The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open 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.

To view a current map of the oyster closures, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons

 

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.

LDWF Makes Delinquent Oyster Lease List Available Online

Release Date: 02/08/2017

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 leased on the water bottom.

The list is available HERE.  Notices will also be made to each lessee who has not yet paid their rent by certified mail. All fees must be collected by close of business on March 1, 2017.

 

For questions regarding delinquent oyster lease payments, please contact Marc Maniscalco at (504) 284-5277.

Volunteers Needed for Derelict Crab Trap Cleanups

Release Date: 02/06/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host its annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo with two volunteer cleanup events in March. LDWF encourages volunteers to participate in this opportunity to remove abandon crab traps and conserve Louisiana’s marine resources. Volunteers are needed to assist with dockside activities including unloading and stacking traps. The greatest need is for volunteer boat owners to help maximize collection. 
 
The department will host the following volunteer cleanup events:
 
Lake Pontchartrain Basin: In partnership with Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and St. Bernard Parish government, a dedicated volunteer day will be held on Saturday, March 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sweetwater Marina located at 6205 Delacroix Hwy. For more information, contact Patrick Smith at patrick@saveourlake.org.
 
Terrebonne Basin: A second volunteer event will take place at Isle De Jean Charles Marina at 571 Island Road in Montegut on Saturday, March 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Jeff Marx at jmarx@wlf.la.gov
 
Boat owners will be given the equipment needed to collect the traps and transport them in the owner’s vessel. Additional volunteers are welcome to man the unloading dock and help with the demolition and disposal of traps.
 
The derelict crab trap cleanups will take place during the 30-day closure of the commercial blue crab fishery. The prohibition on the use of all crab traps begins on the third Monday in February.
 
The Derelict Crap Trap Removal Program was initiated by LDWF in 2004 to address removal of derelict and abandoned crab traps. The traps increase ghost-fishing mortality of blue crabs and other species captured incidentally, interfere with other commercial fishing gear types, create navigation hazards and reduce visual appeal of our environment. The volunteer-based program is funded through commercial fishermen gear fees, and since its inception has disposed of more than 27,000 derelict crab traps.

Shrimp Task Force to Meet February 8th

Release Date: 02/04/2017

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.             Approval of December 7, 2016 meeting minutes and February 8, 2017 agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget report- LDWF

IV.            New Business

A.     To Hear a Presentation on Louisiana’s 2017 Draft Coastal Master Plan- Bren Haase

B.     Discussion of Task Force Financial Procedures- Cara Tyler/ Yvette Buckner

C.     Discussion of Shrimp Industry Washington Trip- Acy Cooper

D.     To Hear a Meeting Update from the Joint Task Force Working Group - Acy Cooper

E.     Officer Elections

F.     To Hear a Presentation on TEDs- NOAA Study- Michael Barnette

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/4945593786515888897

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meeting

Release Date: 02/03/2017

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct an informational meeting concerning Lake Bistineau.

 
Who:       LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
 
What:      Public information meeting about Lake Bistineau
 
When:     Tuesday, February 21, 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 answer 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
 
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

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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