Fishing

Volunteer Participation Drives Successful Weevil Distribution Event on Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 06/29/2017

Volunteer Participation Drives Successful Weevil Distribution Event on Lake Bistineau
Volunteer Participation Drives Successful Weevil Distribution Event on Lake Bistineau
Volunteer Participation Drives Successful Weevil Distribution Event on Lake Bistineau
Volunteer Participation Drives Successful Weevil Distribution Event on Lake Bistineau

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries joined efforts with Lake Bistineau property owners and other concerned citizens this past Saturday to distribute over 110,000 giant salvinia weevils throughout the lake to help combat the growth of the invasive plant.  Distribution efforts targeted isolated areas of the lake that do not dewater and are disconnected from the main lake.
 
Sixty seven area residents volunteered by distributing weevil and larvae-infested plant material in areas near their property that hold water during lake drawdowns. Through volunteer labor alone, 102,000 adult weevils were stocked into the lake. LDWF personnel added an additional 8,400 insects to the total count. 
 
“This is the kind of community commitment that will help us in our battle to control salvinia on this beautiful lake,” LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said. “In my conversations with lake residents, they pledged to play a role in the fight. They proved it, and I applaud them. We are committed to continuing these types of cooperative efforts.”
 
Weevils are a natural enemy of giant salvinia in its native habitat and can serve to limit the growth of the plant. They only feed and reproduce on giant salvinia, and if established, can serve as a long-term biological control for the plant. The weevils for this particular effort were harvested from Iatt Lake in Grant Parish, where they are found in high densities and have survived two successive winters, increasing their likelihood of survival in the north Louisiana climate.
 
This stocking is an ongoing effort by the department to establish a weevil population on Lake Bistineau. Weevils were first stocked in 2007.  Following this stocking biologists will continue to monitor the lake for the presence of weevils. If successfully established, it is likely to be 2 to 3 years before any long-term results are visible.
 
The department will continue to collaborate with LSU AgCenter researchers to identify and evaluate new potential giant salvinia control techniques. Recent efforts have focused on identifying a population of giant salvinia weevils that can survive winter temperatures in north Louisiana.
 
LDWF uses an integrated management program of water level fluctuations, herbicide applications, and biological control measures to achieve combined benefits. This approach is designed to reduce vegetation levels while maximizing recreational use of Lake Bistineau for the public throughout the year.

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

Release Date: 06/29/2017

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting
Pete Gerica, Chairman
Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 1:00pm
Center for Energy Resource Management Building (CERM)
2045 Lakeshore Dr., STE 216
New Orleans, LA 70148

AGENDA
Note: Location changed from usual meeting room

 

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

II.         Approval of April 11, 2017 Minutes and July 11, 2017 Agenda

III.         Financial Report

IV.         Old Business

A.     Update on Crab Task Force Name Tags- -Allison West

V.         New Business

A.     Discussion of  Crab Marketing Opportunites- Thomas Hymel

B.     Discussion of Blue Crab Harvest Restrictions- Jeff Marx

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/4580803319462738435

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

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 Clarifies Commercial Shad Regulations

Release Date: 06/27/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to clarify regulations pertaining to the commercial shad fishery. 
 
Recent questions raised during the June Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting indicated that a portion of the 2017 commercial fishing pamphlet may cause confusion regarding commercial shad harvest regulations. Although similar, shad seining and shad gill netting have different regulations.
 
Commercial shad gill netting is allowed only in Lake Palourde, Lake Verret, Lac Des Allemands, all waterways in Iberville Parish and certain portions of the Atchafalaya Basin. The gill netting season is closed beginning July 1 through the end of October and on all Saturdays and Sundays.
 
In addition, Act No. 109 of the 2017 regular session allows for the take of shad or skipjack using a shad gill net during the closed season and on Saturdays and Sundays for bait purposes only, with the following restrictions:
1.     The net shall not exceed 150 feet in length.
2.     No more than 50 pounds of shad or skipjack shall be taken per day.
3.     The net shall be attended at all times.
 
Commercial shad seining is allowed in all freshwater areas of the state, except the Pearl River and those water bodies where seine use is prohibited.  There is no closed season for commercial shad seining
 
For a detailed explanation of regulations for each gear type, please reference pages 26 and 27 of our commercial regulations pamphlet. Additional details are available here:
http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?d=206917,
http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?d=206918 and
http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1051086.

Greater Amberjack Commercial Season to Close

Release Date: 06/20/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2017 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack in Louisiana state waters will close today, June 20 at 12:01 a.m.

 
Current landings data indicate the 2017 Gulf of Mexico commercial quota of 394,740 pounds will be harvested by June 20. 
 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters will also remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing until the season reopens on January 1, 2018. 

 

Louisiana Shrimp Season to Close June 23 in a Portion of Inside Waters

Release Date: 06/19/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2017 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 23 from the eastern shore of the Mississippi River westward to the western shore of the Freshwater Bayou canal.

For a map detailing these closures please click here.

All remaining state inside waters as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, as described in R.S. 56:495 will remain open to shrimping until further notice. 

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these waters was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes. The areas that remain open will continue to be monitored and will  close when the presence of smaller white shrimp make it biologically inappropriate to remain open.  

LDWF would also like to remind shrimpers there is a possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana of 100 count (whole shrimp per pound). This size restriction applies to the taking or possession of such shrimp aboard a vessel, EXCEPT from Oct. 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken or possessed. When more than 50 percent by weight of the saltwater shrimp taken or possessed is seabobs or brown shrimp, then the maximum allowable amount of undersized white shrimp taken or possessed shall not exceed 10 percent by weight of the total saltwater shrimp taken or possessed.  If compliance issues develop, remaining open areas can be closed by the Secretary of the Department.

For more information, contact Jeff Marx at (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov .

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Louisiana agrees to 39-day red snapper season in Gulf waters

Release Date: 06/14/2017

BATON ROUGE, LA  –  Louisiana anglers can get ready for a very busy season of fishing for red snapper.
 

A U.S. Department of Commerce agreement with Louisiana and the four other Gulf states will give recreational anglers 39 days – between June 16 and Sept. 4 – to fish for red snapper in federal waters. 
 

Recreational anglers will be able to start fishing out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 4. Also included are Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4, along with Labor Day on Sept. 4.
 

“This was an easy decision,” Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet said. “This is what Gov. John Bel Edwards has said he wanted since my appointment. He wanted more days on the water for our anglers and the ability to get more red snapper. This does both. We’re pleased with this agreement and thank all involved for helping make this happen.”

 

The agreement was reached Wednesday in negotiations with the U.S. Commerce Department and Fisheries leaders in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas.

 

Anglers will be able to reel in red snapper up to Louisiana’s self-imposed catch limit of approximately 14 percent of the overall Gulf catch. Secretary Montoucet was directed by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Monday to close the state waters if the catch limit is met before Sept. 4 and there would be no fall season in state waters. If the catch limit is not met by Sept. 4, there could be a fall red snapper season in state waters until the catch limit is met.

 

Under the agreement, there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out 9 miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and Sept. 4.
 

LDWF sees this program as a two-fold opportunity for Louisiana which could lead to the state gaining control of its fishing seasons in both state and federal waters.

 

During the 39-day fishing period, LDWF will use LA Creel, the state’s near real-time catch data program, “to be sure that anglers don’t exceed the state’s self-imposed harvest limit,” Montoucet said.

 

The LDWF will periodically make public the overall catch totals.

 

“If we manage this effort responsibly and stay within established conservation standards, we stand a better chance of gaining control of fishing for red snapper in federal waters in the future,” he said. “With the cooperation of our anglers, we can make this happen.”

 

Here are the red snapper fishing days: June 16-18, June 23-25, June 30 - July 4, July 7-9, July 14-16, July 21-23, July 28-30, Aug. 4-6, Aug. 11-13, Aug. 18-20, Aug. 25-27 and Sept. 1-4.

Lake Bistineau Public Meeting with LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet Rescheduled for June 20th

Release Date: 06/09/2017

June 9, 2017 - Due to the special session of the Legislature the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet and his staff have rescheduled an informational meeting to outline LDWF’s efforts to control salvinia on Lake Bistineau and to gather public input on the situation.
Who:     LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
What:    Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
When:   Rescheduled for Tuesday, June 20, 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. A new idea will be discussed concerning a scheduled “Weevil Day”, planned by LDWF to provide salvinia weevils to the public for stocking into Lake Bistineau. 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 meeting, 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 LDWF email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to Hold Special Meeting on June 12

Release Date: 06/09/2017

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Agenda

Special Meeting

June 12, 2017 - 1:30 P.M.

 

1.     Call to Orde

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

5.    Consider options and public comment for changes to the 2017 recreational state red snapper season in conjunction with a proposed additional federal red snapper season, including but not limited to a potential declaration of emergency.

6.     Receive Public Comments

7.     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/6185224979947854337

 

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

Oyster Task Force Health Committee to Meet June 8, 10:00 a.m.

Release Date: 06/07/2017

Oyster Task Force Health Committee
Thursday, June 8, 2017, 10:00 A.M.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans 70122
 

AGENDA

 

I.               Call to Order

II.             Discussion of Oyster Industry ISSC Proposals

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://www.anymeeting.com/530-386-328

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. . For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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.

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