Fishing

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet April 18

Release Date: 04/13/2017

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting
John Tesvich, Chairman
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 1 p.m.
2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210
New Orleans, LA 70122

 

I.Roll call and introduction of guests

II.Approval of March 17, 2017 Meeting Minutes and April 18, 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.     To Consider Recommendations and Changes to the Oyster Lease Acquisition Program- Duncan Kemp

B.     To Consider the use of the Oyster Seed Grounds and Oyster Development Accounts to Close Mardi Gras Pass- Al Sunseri

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/404994494913383938

 

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 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 rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

 

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 04/12/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has scheduled a drawdown of Lake Bistineau in Webster, Bossier, and Bienville parishes for giant salvinia control, organic reduction and fish habitat improvement. The water control structure is scheduled to open on May 1, 2017.
 
Giant salvinia is growing rapidly. Despite LDWF contractors treating over 5,000 acres since February 20, 2017, significant coverage is still present. The department estimates the plant covers 3,349 acres of the lake based on an aerial survey conducted on March 23, 2017.
 
The drawdown is designed to reduce the further expansion of salvinia as summertime temperatures promote maximum growth. Spray efforts are ongoing in areas of the lake that will not dewater during the drawdown. Intensive herbicide applications will continue during the drawdown in an effort to further reduce salvinia on the lake.
 
The lake should dewater at a rate of 4 to 6 inches per day and will be lowered to a maximum drawdown level of 8 feet below normal pool stage. The Lake Bistineau control gates are scheduled for closure on November 30, 2017, to allow the lake to refill for winter and early-spring recreational activities.
 
During the drawdown, an estimated 10,000 acres of water will remain in the lake. Boaters can access the lake from the following public boat launches: Port of Bistineau Launch, Bossier Public Launch, Grice’s and Bayou Dorcheat Public Launch. Boaters are advised to use caution during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater obstructions. 
 
This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve the Lake Bistineau sport fishery. An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.
 
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 drawdown, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066. 

 

Gulf Council motion could lead to La.’s control over red snapper fisheries

Release Date: 04/10/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries had a motion passed at the recent meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) that could eventually allow Louisiana the ability to manage the recreational red snapper fishery in federal waters in addition to state waters.

“This motion is a victory for all anglers fishing from Louisiana ports. If this amendment is approved, federal waters will no longer be off limits for large portions of the season,” said Jack Montoucet, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

“The motion is in keeping with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ long-held support of state management of red snapper for the recreational angling community.”

“LA Creel is an integral part of our scientific data collection program and the cornerstone for passage of this motion,” Montoucet said. “Louisiana anglers will be rewarded for their efforts in making LA Creel one of the best data collection programs in the country.”

LA Creel is the harvest data program designed and implemented by LDWF to closely track the amount of fish caught by recreational anglers in Louisiana. It has been widely recognized by other states and the National Marine Fisheries Service as the best in the gulf and enables LDWF to manage fishing seasons in near real time.

The Gulf Council passed by an 11-5 vote the motion to begin the amendment to allow Louisiana the new powers at its April 6 meeting in Birmingham, Ala.

The Gulf Council will deliberate on the new amendment over the next year to refine the “Louisiana only” plan. Under this amendment, Louisiana would act as pilot for the other Gulf states. The amendment would only allow Louisiana control of the recreational red snapper fishery in federal waters adjacent to the state for three years (2019 through 2021). If the pilot is successful, a similar program could be implemented Gulf-wide. 

This action includes both the private angling and for-hire components of the recreational fishery.

The LDWF thanks the private anglers and for-hire fishermen who have taken the time to express their opinions at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meetings.  

Introduce Your Family to the Fun of Fishing at LDWF’s Family Fish Fest in Lake Charles

Release Date: 04/10/2017

Introduce Your Family to the Fun of Fishing at LDWF’s Family Fish Fest in Lake Charles

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) invites you to join us at our next installment of our Family Fish Fest series on Saturday, April 29 at Calcasieu Point Landing in Lake Charles, La. Everyone is encouraged to attend for a day of fun, fishing, educational activities and the chance to win great prizes.
 
Competitive divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15) and Adult Angler (ages16 and older). There are competitive categories for both shore and boat anglers. All participants must supply their own fishing equipment and bait.  
 
Little Caesars will provide lunch while supplies last. In addition, each registered participant will automatically be entered for the chance to win great raffle prizes. Pre-registration and event information are available online at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/family-fish-fest. The first 100 youth registrants will receive a fishing goody bag.
   
This event is made possible by local sponsors including Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, Little Caesars, Coca Cola, Press Start, L’Auberge, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Club Tabby, Putt Putt Lake Charles, Petro Bowl, Cinemark, Once Upon a Child, Elliott’s Cajun Snowball, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Texas Coffee Co., Rotolo’s, Lake Charles Children’s Museum, Creole Nature Trail and the Adventure Center.
 
Participants 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. To purchase a fishing license online, visit https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com.
 
LDWF 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 fish resources.
 
For more information, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282. 

LDWF Soliciting Red Snapper Public Comment

Release Date: 04/07/2017

 

As the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries continue to work towards a resolution regarding the management of red snapper, the LWFC invited representatives from the Louisiana commercial, charter and private sectors to their monthly meeting to provide input. Two representatives from each sector expressed their respective group’s concerns and comments on the topic.

The department urges Louisiana red snapper fishermen to voice their opinions and will continue to accept public comments on red snapper management via their website and email. Individuals interested in submitting a comment can visit the department’s homepage and navigate to the 'red snapper management' button, click here or email redsnapper@wlf.la.gov.

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.

 

Crab Task Force to Meet Tuesday April 11 at 1:00 p.m.

Release Date: 04/05/2017

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., Room 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.         Roll Call and Introduction of New Task Force Members and Guests

II.        Approval of February 7, 2017 Minutes and April 11, 2017 Agenda

III.       Financial Report

A.     Financial Disclosure Filing Reminder

         IV.         Old Business

A.  Update on the Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program- Jeff Marx

B.         Update on the Joint Task Force Working Group Meeting- Warren Delacroix

V.         New Business

A.     Discussion of Crab Trap Clean Up Boat Registration-Paul Alfonso

B.     Discussion of Task Force Name Tags/ Email Addresses-Paul Alfonso

C.     Discussion of  Crab Marketing Opportunites- Thomas Hymel

D.     Discussion of Imported Crab Tariffs- Eric Blanchard

E.     Officer Elections

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/6999010917597021697

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 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 rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

Shrimp Task Force to Meet April 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Release Date: 04/05/2017

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

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

Wednesday, April 12, 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 the February 8, 2017 Meeting Minutes and April 12, 2017 Agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget Report- LDWF

B.     Financial Disclosure Filing Reminder

IV.            New Business

A.     To Hear a Presentation on the report “Building Land in Coastal Louisiana - Expert Recommendations for Operating a Successful Sediment Diversion that Balances Ecosystem and Community Needs”- Corey Miller

B.     To Hear a Presentation on the 2017 Spring Shrimp Season- Jeff Marx

C.     Discussion of the White Shrimp “100 Count Law”- Jeff Marx

D.     Update on the Inside/ Outside Shrimp Line- Jeff Marx

E.     Discussion of Shrimp Pre-season Ride-Alongs- Jeff Marx

F.     Discussion of Shrimp Management and Increasing the Value of Domestic Shrimp- Lance Nacio

G.     Update from the 2017 Shrimp Industry Washington Trip- Acy Cooper

H.    Officer Elections

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/8779884403550075137

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 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 rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

     

April 2017 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Committee Agenda

Release Date: 04/03/2017

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA
 
The following items will be discussed:
 
1.     Call to Order
 
2.     Pledge of Allegiance
 
3.     Roll Call
 
4.     Adoption of March 02, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes
 
5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege
 
6.     Enforcement Reports March, 2017 – Captain Edward Skena
 
7.     Presentation of the 2016 Louisiana Wildlife Officer of the Year Award to Sergeant Scott Bullit – Mr. Chris Kinsey, Shikar Safari Club International
 
8.     Receive Legislative Update – Cole Garrett, Attorney / Legislative Liaison
 
9.     Consider a Notice of Intent to Amend the Experimental Fisheries Program – Cole Garrett, Attorney / Legislative Liaison
 
10.  Receive a Presentation on Local Game and Fish Preserves Governance and Authority – Daniel Henry, Jr., Deputy General Counsel
 
11.  Receive a Final Summary on Public Comments and Consider Formal Adoption of Amendments to previously approved Notice of Intent for the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the 2017-2018 Season, the Resident Game Hunting Season for the 2017-2019 Hunting Seasons, the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the Turkey Season, the Turkey Hunting Areas, and Seasons, and Bag Limits for the 2018 Turkey Season, and the Migratory Bird Seasons, Regulations, and Bag Limits for the 2017-2018 Hunting Season – Steve Smith, WMA Program Manager
 
12.  Consider Formal Adoption to previously approved Notice of Intent to Amend the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the 2017-2018 Season, the Resident Game Hunting Season for the 2017-2019 Hunting Seasons, the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the Turkey Season, the Turkey Hunting Areas, and Seasons, and Bag Limits for the 2018 Turkey Season, and the Migratory Bird Seasons, Regulations, and Bag Limits for the 2017-2018 Hunting Season – Steve Smith, WMA Program Manager
 
13.  Receive a Presentation on the LDWF Shrimp Management Program and Discuss the possibility of a Special Commission meeting in late April for the setting of the 2017 Spring Shrimp Season – Jeff Marx, Biologist and Shrimp Program Manage
 
14.  Receive input on Red Snapper Management from members of the Louisiana commercial, charter, and private recreational sectors
 
15.  Set July, 2017 and August, 2017 Commission Meeting Dates
 
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/8069688952446445314

 

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.

 

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 to Offer Expanded Licensing Services in South Louisiana

Release Date: 03/31/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new commercial fishing licenses and renewals and motorboat registrations from our Bourg location.

Bourg Office
468 Texas Gulf Rd.
Bourg, La.
April 11-13, 2017
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Future locations coming soon.

Fishermen are reminded that only personal checks, cashier's checks, money orders and cash will be accepted at the Bourg office.  No credit cards will be accepted.  To avoid processing delays, those purchasing licenses 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 at www.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 the he has held continuously during 12 months immediately prior to the date on which he applies for any license, voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.

·      Non-residents applicants must provide proof of residency from their domiciliary state, such as 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 licenses inquiries, contact (225) 765-2898.

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meeting

Release Date: 03/28/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct an informational meeting concerning Lake Bistineau.
 
Who: LDWF inland fisheries staff
 
What: Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
 
When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 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
 
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

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