Fishing

Shrimping in Portions of the Pontchartrain Basin to Close Saturday, July 14

Release Date: 07/10/2012

Spring Closure Map

(July 10, 2012) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2012 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 14 in the remainder of state inside waters east of the Mississippi River except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.

Effective with this closure, all state inside waters are closed to shrimping except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.  All state outside waters also remain open to shrimping; however, certain areas are still closed to commercial fishing and certain recreational fishing activities due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Maps of the areas that remain closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicates increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these areas was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and 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/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at (985) 594-4130 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-2396 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

Shrimp Season to Close Monday July 9 in Additional Portions of Inside Waters

Release Date: 07/02/2012

LA. Spring Shrimp Season Closures 7/9/12

July 2, 2012  – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the 2012 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 9 in portions of the Pontchartrain Basin and all of the Mississippi River, Barataria and Mermentau River basins.

This shrimp season closure includes:

State inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the eastern shore of the Calcasieu Ship Channel, and

State inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche except for the following waters:

  • Lake Pontchartrain
  • Rigolets Pass
  • Chef Menteur Pass
  • Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO)
  • The part of Lake Borgne seaward of a line extending one-half mile from the shoreline
  • The portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning
  • The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicates increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these areas was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.

In addition to Lake Pontchartrain, Chef and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, MRGO and Mississippi, Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, the inshore shrimp season will remain open until further notice in the following areas:

  • State inside waters from the eastern shore of the Calcasieu Ship Channel westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line
  • All State outside waters

Certain areas are still closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Maps of the areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted on the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.

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.

For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at (985) 594-4130 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-0489 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

LWFC Approves Changes to Calcasieu Lake Oyster Harvester Permits

Release Date: 07/02/2012

July 2, 2012 – Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved several rule changes concerning Calcasieu Lake Oyster Harvester Permits as required by Act 541 of the 2012 Louisiana Legislative Session. 

The changes include the removal of the limitation on the number of permits the Louisiana Department of Wildlife Fisheries (LDWF) can issue at any one time.  In addition, the qualifications for obtaining a permit are now the same for all permit applicants, which include holding current and valid commercial fisherman oyster harvester licenses.

The permit remains free of charge and is a requirement for anyone seeking to commercially harvest oysters in Calcasieu Lake.  Permits will now be issued on a calendar year basis and will be valid for one year.  Initial application for a permit must be made at the LDWF point of sale windows in Baton Rouge.

Harvest vessels in Calcasieu Lake are required to have the permit onboard the vessel at all times while commercially harvesting oysters. 

Public comments on the proposed rule will be accepted until August 20, 2012.  Comments may be submitted to Patrick Banks, Office of Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email to pbanks@wlf.la.gov.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF. 

 

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor (225) 721-0489.

LWFC Approves Two New Data Collection Measures for the Recreational Harvest of Reef Fish

Release Date: 07/02/2012

July 2, 2012 – Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved two notices of intent regarding the recreational harvest of reef fishincluding new reporting requirements and the utilization of a free, Offshore Recreational Landings permit. 

The two new measures are the Department’s first steps in a movement towards regional management.  The Department will use this information to collect essential angler and harvest data, which will in turn provide additional liberties and flexibility for recreational fishermen.  

Current management of reef fish involves not only LDWF, but also the federal government.  Management decisions are set for the entire Gulf of Mexico, rather than specific seasons and limits for each fishery at a regional or state level.  These decisions are based upon limited data, often unavailable on a timely basis.  The notices of intent passed today by the Commission will allow data to be readily available shortly after being collected. 

The first notice of intent expands the use of the Offshore Recreational Landings Permit to include all species of amberjack, grouper, hind and snapper, with the exception of gray snapper.  The Offshore Recreational Landings Permit was ratified by the Commission earlier this year and was originally approved for tuna, billfish and swordfish.  This free permit will soon be available to the public. 

In a related action, the Commission also approved a notice of intent that modifies current reef fish regulations.  Regulations will now require reporting and validation for certain recreationally landed reef fish.  Reef fish included in the expanded reporting requirements are: red snapper, greater amberjack, gag grouper, red grouper, black grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, scamp, rock hind and red hind.  The reporting requirements for reef fish would be similar to those approved for yellowfin tuna earlier this year by the Commission. 

Future modifications to reef fish regulations would allow the LDWF Secretary to close, open, reopen or reclose any reef fish season if state or federal landings allocations are met. 

Public comments on both notices of intent will be accepted until Thursday, October 4, 2012.  Comments may be submitted to Jason Adriance, Office of Fisheries, LDWF, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email at jadriance@wlf.la.gov.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF. 

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

Recreational Fishing for Gray Triggerfish to Close in Louisiana Waters

Release Date: 07/02/2012

July 2, 2012 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced recreational fishing for gray triggerfish will close in Louisiana waters on July 4, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. and will remain closed until January 1, 2013.

NOAA Fisheries has determined that the recreational quota of 217,000 pounds was met, and the closure is necessary to prevent further overfishing.  NOAA Fisheries closed the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico on June 11. 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at today’s meeting to change or modify opening and closing dates for the recreational gray triggerfish season in Louisiana waters to comply with changes or modifications in season dates in federal waters.  This action ensures that regulations in state waters will be consistent with regulations for federally managed 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.louisiana.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance @wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-2396 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Takes Action to Extend Louisiana State Waters

Release Date: 06/08/2012

June 8, 2012 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took the first bold move to extend state waters from three miles offshore to three marine leagues or approximately 10.357 miles. 

The commission approved this action based on Act 336 passed during the 2011 legislative session, which recognizes that the Louisiana gulfward boundary historically consists of three marine leagues and designates that boundary to be enforced by state law regarding the protection and restoration of coastal lands, waters and natural resources and regulation of activities affecting them.

“Today’s action by the commission supports what the governor, legislature and people of Louisiana want to see from our department,” said Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham.  “The bountiful resources that are native to Louisiana’s waters should be managed beyond the three mile boundary currently recognized by the federal regulatory body and this is a bold first step by Louisiana in claiming what is rightful ours.”

LDWF officials encourage fishermen to use caution and their own personal judgment when fishing beyond the three mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters, as it is fully expected that federal agents will continue to enforce federal law.  Until the time when the US Congress confirms Louisiana’s action today, the battle will continue over Louisiana’s state water boundary.

To view Act 336 in its entirety click here:  http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=760938

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Notice of Intent on Yo-Yo and Trotline Regulations on Specified Lakes

Release Date: 06/07/2012

(June 7, 2012)– The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, during their monthly meeting today, approved a notice of intent to establish consistent regulations for the use of yo-yos and trotlines on Black Lake, Clear Lake, Prairie Lake, Caddo Lake, Chicot Lake, D’Arbonne Lake and Lake St. Joseph.

Concerns related to the use of yo-yos and trotlines have been voiced for years in some areas, with most complaints being very similar.  Untended gear interfered with the recreational efforts of other anglers.  Regulations, enacted through legislative action, addressed those concerns but were not consistent, thus creating angler confusion.

Recent legislative action rescinds the existing regulations on the previously mentioned water bodies.  This Notice of Intent will replace them with a uniform set of regulations.

Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule by August 7, 2012, to Mike Wood, Office of Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email at mwood@wlf.la.gov.

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.

For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor (225) 765-2396.

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to Meet June 12

Release Date: 06/07/2012

The next meeting for the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12 in New Orleans at the UNO Advanced Technology 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 310.  The public is invited to attend

The agenda is below:

I. Call to order and introduction of guests

II. Adoption of the Agenda

III. Reading and approval of minutes from March 29, 2012

IV. Opening Remarks (Ewell Smith)

V. Nicholl’s State University (Dr. Stephen Hulbert, Dr. Marilyn Kilgen)

VI. Update on New Orleans Arena Naming Rights (Mark Cotter, The Food Group)
       A. Ratify existing sponsorship and final payment

VII. Reports
       A. Marketing/Sponsorship Committee Report
       B. Legislative Committee Report
            i. Recap of the 2012 Regular Session (Eric Sunstrom, Cole Garrett)
      C. Executive Director’s Report (Ewell Smith)
            i. Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for emergency preparedness
            ii. Strategic Marketing Plan

VIII. Treasurer’s Report through April 31, 2012
      A. EDRP Grant
      B. BP 3Q FY 2012 Report
      C. Finance Committee Report

IX. Old Business
      A. Seafood Marketing Campaign Update
           i. GCR (Dan Austin, GCR Consulting)
                 1. Louisiana Economic Development Mailers
                 2. Consumer and processor surveys
                 3. Food Truck Memos
          ii. The Food Group (Mark Cotter, The Food Group)
                 1. Tactics within the strategic framework
                 2. B2B Programs
                        a. Rules of Engagement (protocol)
                3. Update on existing task orders
                4. Proposed new projects
          iii. Graham Group (George Graham/Kathy Anderson, Graham Group)
                1. Tactics within the strategic framework
                2. Update on existing task orders
                3. Proposed new projects
     B. Brussels overview (Dexter Guillory)
     C. Bylaws (Kim Chauvin)
     D. Delcambre Direct (Dr. Jon Bell, Sea Grant)

X. New Business
    A. Protocol for industry use of artwork
    B. Call for marketing ideas from Board Members

XI. Board Member comments

XII. Next Scheduled Meeting is July 11, 2012

XIII. Adjourn

This meeting is being held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by La. R.S. 42:11, et seq.
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.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
For more information please contact Ashley Roth at Ashley@louisianaseafood.com or (504) 286-8735.

Louisiana Saltwater Series Hosts Youth Fishing Festival

Release Date: 06/05/2012

(June 5, 2012) – A hook, line and sinker is all you need to have fun at the inaugural Louisiana Saltwater Series Youth Fishing Festival on Saturday, June 9.  The free fishing tournament will be hosted at Elmer’s Island from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Children, 16 and younger, are invited to experience the chance to catch a big one among many other activities. 

This day of fishing and fun will include casting lessons, cast netting, minnow races and fish tagging.   Participants will be provided with a free lunch, t-shirt and lots of fishing goodies.  Plus, the first 50 registrants (under 16 years old) will receive a free rod and reel, sponsored by Cabela’s.  Prizes will be awarded for big fish in several categories.

The tournament is being held during the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Free Fishing Weekend, which allows anglers to fish in Louisiana waters without a permit.  Anglers, however, must still adhere to daily bag limits. 

The tournament is co-sponsored by Cabela’s, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Friends of Grand Isle, Grand Isle Community Development Team, Wal-Mart, Raising Cane’s, Louisiana Fish Fry and Coca Cola Bottling Company Baton Rouge.

All youth must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information and to register, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com. If interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Danica Williams at (504) 628-7282 or dwilliams@wlf.la.gov.  

The department reopened Elmer’s Island to the public in 2009 and can be accessed via a gravel road leading from La. Hwy 1 just north of Grand Isle.

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.

For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.

Louisiana’s Free Fishing Weekend Set For June 9-10

Release Date: 05/31/2012

May 31, 2012  -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is encouraging licensed fishermen to help promote the outdoor sport by introducing someone to fishing during this year’s “Free Fishing Weekend” on June 9-10.

The promotional fishing dates are provided for novices and non-anglers, ages 16 and over, to experience recreational fishing in fresh or salt water without the purchase of a recreational fishing license.  The program is part of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) efforts to attract more participants into the ranks of licensed fishermen.  Fishing license fees support LDWF's conservation efforts including habitat management.

"No fishing license will be required for residents or non-residents on the weekend of June 9-10," said John Sturgis, LDWF education manager.  "If you fish regularly, use this opportunity to bring someone along who may not.” 

"Free Fishing Weekend" is a part of Fishing Week in Louisiana that runs from June 4 to 10. The state offers some of the best bank and pier fishing opportunities in the south within state and parish park facilities.

In conjunction with Free Fishing Weekend, LDWF is working with supporting sponsors to offer the following events on Saturday, June 9:

Kids Fishing Rodeo at Waddill Wildlife Refuge
4142 N. Flannery Road, Baton Rouge

  • Fishing competition from 7 to 11 a.m.
  • Loaner fishing gear will be available first come, first serve.
  • Prizes to be awarded at 11:15 a.m. provided by Bass Pro Shops-Denham Springs.
  • All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
  • For more information, call 225-274-8089.

 

Lake D’Arbonne State Park Kids Fishing Derby
3628 Evergreen Road, Farmerville

  • Registration begins at 8 a.m. for the fishing contest at 9 a.m. and bait casting contest at 10 a.m. with awards to be presented before noon.Contest age groups, 6-9 and 10-14.
  • Grand prizes: 2 bicycles donated by Academy Sports & Outdoors; one per age group.
  • Fishing gear: 100 fiberglass fishing poles donated by the Association of LA Bass Clubs will be given out free to the first 100 kids.
  • LDWF will provide bait for the fishing contest.
  • All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • For more information, call Lake D'Arbonne State Park at 318-368-6291.

 

Louisiana Saltwater Series Youth Fishing Event at Elmer’s Island
EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO THREAT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER
-- (Click here for more information!)
LA Hwy. 1, Grand Isle

  • Tournament hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • First 50 youth to sign up will receive a free rod and reel to bring home from Cabela’s.  Register online at www.lasaltwaterseries.com .  
  • Additional activities: fish tagging, cast netting, seining, fish cleaning demo.
  • All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Call Danica Williams for more information, ph. 504-628-7282.

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.

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